Spiritual forum for the Valley
Named for spiritual leader, Fr. Orv Janssen
Starting next fall, the Green Bay Diocese and the Mount Tabor Center of Menasha will co-sponsor a monthly breakfast forum to nurture the spiritual formation of Catholic business people.
New Valley forum
What: Orville Janssen Forum, sponsored by the Green Bay Diocese and the Mt. Tabor Center; it is open to the public.
When: 7:15 a.m. one Thursday a month, September through May.
Where: Mt. Tabor Center, Menasha.
Theme: Glancing Ahead: Glimmers of Hope.
Schedule: Sept. 14 - Auxiliary Bp. Robert Morneau.
Oct. 19 - Jeannine Goggin, Neenah.
Nov. 9 - Tom Kurkowski, diocesan director of Finance and
Dec. 14 - Fr. Dave Pleier, pastor of St. Bernard Parish, Green
Jan. 4 - Dr. Ed and Sheila Scanlan, health professionals.
Feb. 8 - Fr. Marty Carr, director of the Place 2B, Oshkosh.
March 8 - Mary Piette of Global Outreach.
April 5 - Sr. Judy Miller, parish director at St. Mary, Oshkosh.
May 3 - Rudy Pineda, diocesan Hispanic consultant.
Cost: $5, includes breakfast.
Reservations: (920)437-7531, ext. 8173.
The Orville Janssen Forum - named for the founding pastor of St. Bernard Parish, Appleton - will meet at 7:15 a.m. one Thursday a month at the Mount Tabor Center. Each month, a guest speaker will comment on a specific topic.
"One of the great needs in the church today is for ongoing education and ongoing formation," Auxiliary Bp. Robert Morneau said in announcing the new forum.
"The goal of the forum is spiritual, intellectual and moral
enrichment," added Cindi Brawner, diocesan director of
Stewardship and Development and a chair of the forum.
Theme for the first year of the forum is "Glancing Ahead:
Glimmers of Hope." In preparing their talk, each speaker was
asked to answer two questions:
-- In your field of expertise, what are your dreams and hopes as
we venture more deeply into the 21st century?
-- Where will the Kingdom of God (that kingdom of truth, charity,
freedom and justice) break forth and shape our culture with
glimmers of hope and joy?
"The Claude Allouez Forum in Green Bay and the new Orville
Janssen Forum at the Mount Tabor Center in Appleton - and, I
hope, a forum in Manitowoc - are a way to address the need to
invite adults to come in and reflect on their faith and be
enriched educationally and to have their hearts formed," Bp.
"Fr. Orv Janssen did that his whole life. He was always concerned
about adult education and formation and he blazed a trail for
us," Bp. Morneau said.
Fr. Janssen (1926-1999) was known for befriending the hopeless,
for his role in ecumenism, as a radio preacher, as a pastor and
as the founding editor of the diocesan newspaper.
The Orville Janssen Forum will be similar to the monthly Claude
Allouez Forum, which is beginning its fifth year. That forum is
sponsored by the diocese and the Theological Institute of St.