Our Lenten Parish Mission will be February, 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2018. Below, please find some information about our Mission Director and the topics for each night.
Father Daniel Lanahan, OFM was raised in Brooklyn, NY, and joined the Holy Name Friars at age 20. He was educated in moral theology at the Catholic University of America and received his doctorate from the Alphonsian Institute in Rome. For the first 20 years of his priestly ministry, he was involved with the formation of candidates for the priesthood at Christ the King Seminary at St. Bonaventure University and later in East Aurora, NY where he served as president and rector. During his years of seminary work, Father Lanahan conducted many retreats, days of reflection and weekends of prayer.
After completing his work in the seminary, Father Lanahan was part of a team ministering to a New Jersey parish for four years. In 1986 he joined the Franciscan Ministry of the Word parish renewal team and in this capacity, he conducted numerous retreats and parish missions. He is also the author of When God Says No: The Mystery of Suffering and the Dynamics of Prayer.
Lenten Mission 2018 Theme - "Awakening Our Faith In Challenging Times"
Day One - We will reflect on the words - "Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world" - what exactly does it mean? How does the sacrifice of one person take sin and violence out of the world? And what has it to do with me and my missionary discipleship? How do we deal with the experience of hatred and nastiness in our lives? How do we love our enemies?
Day Two - Deals with the complex issues of forgiveness. What exactly is Jesus asking of us when he says we should forgive those who have offended or abused us in some way? Following this night, there will be a Parish Penance Service.
Day Three - Deals with the mystery of suffering, when bad things happen to good people. Where is God in all of this? This will be a reflection on the Paschal Mystery.