Spirituality Fair billed as ‘vacation for the soul’

By | April 30, 2009

DeNeve noted that the day will offer a spectrum of topics and vendors, ranging from the Tridentine Mass to charismatic renewal, parish revitalization efforts and spirituality in the Eastern Catholic church.

Fr. Bob Thorn, pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Wausau, will give the opening session: “What Shall I Do, Lord?” A former Peace Corps volunteer and instructor on transcendental meditation, Fr. Thorn will speak of a powerful conversion experience that led him back to the Catholic faith. Fr. Thorn will explore inner vision – enlightened by Christ – versus the deception we often deal with in the world.

Other topics explored during the spirituality fair will be the Byzantine church’s tradition of spiritual and physical transformation in drawing closer to God, the spirituality of married love and pilgrimage spirituality.

This is the second Spirituality Fair put on by the diocese. DeNeve noted that it is growing in scope each year.

“During the first year,” she said, “most of the speakers were from the diocese. This year, we also have regional level speakers. Next year, we’ll have a national level speaker in Fr. Ron Rolheiser (a regular Compass columnist). So each year, it’s growing, and we hope people will join us to experience that.

May 9 speakers include:

* Dr. Joseph Bound, director of education for the diocese, will discuss the Byzantine Catholic understanding of salvation and purgation, as well as heaven, purgatory, and hell;

* Amber and Mitch Nonn, natural family planning volunteers for Elizabeth Ministry International, will explore the Theology of the Body;

* Fr. Denis Buchholz, rector of St. Joseph Oratory in Green Bay and a priest of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, will explore the virtue of charity;

* Sr. Jo Ann Dold, a Dominican and a volunteer at the Bridge Between Retreat Center in rural Denmark, will explore our experience of the risen Christ and how to hold in tension and bridge some of the contrasting elements of the messiness of life;

* Dr. Susan Mountin is campus minister and director of the Manresa Project at Marquette University. She will explore how life’s pilgrimage to God is fraught with bumps and trials and what gives us the courage to take one step at a time.

* DeNeve’s presentation will focus discerning God’s will, with suggestions derived from Paul’s writings and from St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Besides the speakers, a variety of vendors will be present, ranging from bookstores and spiritual goods dealer to retreat centers, Catholic Youth Expeditions and Koinonia. “We want to have a variety of opportunities to have people exposed to breadth and depth of Christian spirituality,” said DeNeve.

Food will also be for sale, provided as a parish fundraiser. Admission to the Spirituality Fair is free and registration is not required. For more information, visit the Web site at www.gbdioc.org/fair or contact DeNeve, toll-free at 877-500-3580, ext. 8304.

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