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Seminary Faculty to Offer Parish Lectures

by S Lankes
Tue, Feb 16th 2016 01:00 pm

Members of the faculty of Christ the King Seminary will be offering a series of lectures at parishes throughout the diocese this spring.  While there are always opportunities for people to visit the seminary for classes, workshops, retreats, and lectures, the new lecture series brings the extensive knowledge of the seminary faculty, many of whom hold doctorate degrees in sacred theology or related fields, out into the diocese.

Fr. Joseph Gatto, President-Rector of the seminary, who holds a doctorate degree in systematic theology, will be offering a Lenten Evening of Reflection on Monday, March 14, at 7:00 pm at Queen of Heaven church in West Seneca.  All are welcome.

Fr. Gatto will also be offering a Day of Recollection on God's Name is Mercy for St. Philip parish in Cheektowaga on Saturday, March 19, from 9:00 am to noon in the parish center. Please call St. Philip parish office if you would like to attend on March 19th.

Rev. John Staak, OMI, who holds a doctorate in systematic theology and currently teaches theology of Eucharist and Trinity courses, will be offering a lecture at St. Christopher parish on Tuesday, March 15, at 7:00 pm. His presentation, entitled Encountering and Engaging God's Mercy, will address how simple everyday encounters offer us an open door to the transcendent God. The challenge for us is to recognize God's presence and mercy in these encounters, hear God's will, and then accept it in faith. Only in having experienced God's mercy at a deep level can we then engage the world as agents of that mercy.  To learn more plan to attend on March 15th.

Fr. Staak will also be presenting a Day of Reflection at St. John Paul II parish in Lakeview on Sunday, April 3rd on the topic of The Dynamics of Conversion and God's Mercy.

Fr. John Mack, who serves as the Director of Pre-Theology and teaches courses on sacramental theology, has been offering lectures on the Gospel call to a revolution of tenderness as it relates to God's mercy, and most recently presented at Immaculate Conception Parish in East Aurora.

Dr. Dennis Castillo, Professor of Church History, recently offered a lecture addressing Catholic social teaching at Annunciation Parish and is available to offer presentations for other parishes as well.  Dr. Castillo will also be offering a presentation and discussion on Bishop Timon and Fr. Baker, which is planned for May 27th at St. Joseph University parish in Buffalo.  All are welcome to attend.

For more information contact Eileen Warner, Director of Mission and Pastoral Outreach at 716-652-1127 or ewarner@cks.edu.

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