Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  It is a wonderful way to recall our own baptism and its invitation to be a disciple of Jesus.  As part of a collaborative efforts between the Jesuits of St. Raphael’s and the Franciscans of St. Francis this Saturday (January 19) at St. Raphael’s in the Lewis Room at 9:30 am (following the 9:00 am mass) Fr. Matthew Monnig S.J. will speak on Opening the Treasures of the Bible: Vatican II and the Word of God.   Fr. Matt is a Jesuit priest currently working on a Ph.D. in New Testament at Duke University. Originally from Jefferson City, Missouri, he is a member of the New England province of Jesuits.

Upcoming sessions include:

Women and Vatican II
Saturday, February 2, 9:30 am
St. Francis of Assisi Church
Dr. Phyllis Zagano
Senior Research Associate-in-Residence
and Adjunct Professor of Religion, Hofstra University.

Freedom to be Hope in the World Vatican II
and the Legacy of John Courtney Murray, S.J.
Saturday, February 23, 9:30 am
St. Raphael’s Church
Kevin Ahern is a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral candidate in Theological Ethics, Boston College.

The Year of Faith continues to be a way in which we can renew ourselves as individuals and as a community in understanding what our baptism into our Catholic faith means to us.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark