Friday, February 28, 6:00pm - Sunday, March 1, 11:00am
Ash Wednesday begins Lent: few of us Catholics skip the ashes or avoid the words, "Remember, man, that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” (Gen. 3:19) Why? The experience is profoundly humbling and at the same time grounding us in an essential truth about who we are. The gospels deepen this and takes us beyond.
Lent is also a time of fasting, self-denial, simplicity, spiritual growth and hopefully, conversion. We will explore these in contemporary ways, using scripture, reflection and sharing as a way of deepening them.
Fr. James Strzok, SJ is a Jesuit elder celebrating 50 years of priesthood this year. Born and raised in the rich farmland of northern Wisconsin, his parents sent him and five brothers to be educated by the Jesuits at Campion High School. By God's grace he became one. Jesuits trained him to be a priest and an educator with degrees in chemistry and, later, earth sciences. NASA helped. Jesuits Superiors also gave him the opportunity to serve thirteen years among the Sioux Indians in South Dakota and, later, thirty-three years among the diverse cultures of East Africa. He has just returned from Africa and a semester sabbatical to rest and to upgrade at Oblate College in San Antonio, Texas.
Fr. James Strzok, SJ