2010
"Lent at the Abbey" celebrates Lent as a time for joy and spiritual longing

"Lent at the Abbey" celebrates Lent as a time for joy and spiritual longing
February 9, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Benedictine priest and author Fr. Terrence G. Kardong, O.S.B., wrote that looking forward to Holy Easter “with joy and spiritual longing” is a “highly charged expression that also has considerable spiritual depth.” Lent, on the other hand, has long been portrayed as a time of sorrow and mourning. But as Fr. Kardong asked, “How can we be sad when we know that Christ has conquered sin and death?” Celebrating Lent “with joy and spiritual longing” is the theme of “Lent at the Abbey” from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 20 at St. Procopius Abbey. The public is invited to a celebration that includes: arrival and coffee; a morning prayer; the Sacrament of Reconciliation; readings; Mass; lunch in the monastic refectory; a theological reflection by Christine Fletcher, Ph.D., assistant professor of Theology at Benedictine University; and a closing prayer and blessing. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., at St. Procopius Abbey at (630) 829-9253. There is no fee but a free offering will be taken.

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