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Parishes of West Essex Announce Speakers for 2017 Lenten Faith Quest Series

CALDWELL, NJ — The four parishes of West Essex will present the annual Lenten Adult Spirituality Forum FAITH QUEST on Wednesday evenings March 15, March 22, March 29 and April 5 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at St. Aloysius Parish in Caldwell.

The program is open to the public and the three speaker topic areas are:  Prayer and Spirituality, Sacred Scripture, and Faith in Practice.  

Faith Quest is an initiative of St. Aloysius, Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament in Roseland, Notre Dame in North Caldwell and St. Thomas More in Fairfield.

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St. Aloysius is located at 219 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ 07006.

Prayer in Spirituality Presenters: 

March 15:  “Living a Vulnerable Life – The Experience of Being Loved That Changes Everything” with Msgr. Joseph R. Reilly, Rector, Immaculate Conception Seminary, Dean of the School of Theology. 

March 22:  “Way of the Cross:  How to bring problems to peace” with 

Ginger Grancagnolo, Ed.D., OPA. Grancagnolo is a  lecturer, author and private counselor with  30  years of experience in education, psychology and theology.

March 29:  “Spirituality of Fatima” with  Fr. James Manos,  Pastor, St. Luke’s, Ho-Ho-Kus. Father Manos was previously  pastor of St. Thomas More, Fairfield and St. Vincent de Paul, Bayonne.  He served as parochial vicar in Newark, Union and Ramsey and as Dean of the West Essex Deanery.  

April 5:  “Carrying the Cross & Encountering God’s Mercy in our own lives” with Richard Fritzky, author,  professor at Fairleigh Dickinson , father of 12 and grandfather of 20. Fritzky is a quadruple amputee who has personally witnessed God’s great mercy in his own life.

He has devoted his life to his faith, his church, public service, community service, his students, his writing and most especially his family. 

Understanding Sacred Scripture Presenters 

March 15:  “St. James, Controlling the Tongue as a Means to Holiness” with Robert Miller, Ph.D,  Assistant Professor, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY.  Dr. Miller is a Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and a board member for the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary - USA. 

His research spans a wide area of theology and biblical studies including biblical theology and typology, John’s Gospel, and Mariology.

March 22:  “Easy Method of Prayer for Difficult Times” with  Jesuit Father Roger Haight, SJ.  Father Haight is currently assigned in New York City;  his early roots were  at St. Aloysius in Caldwell.  Father Haight has taught on five continents and is a published author.

March 29:  “Devotion to the Blessed Mother Rooted in Sacred Scripture” with Fr. Juan Pablo Esteban Carrillo,  Parochial Vicar, St. Thomas More, Fairfield. Father Carillo attended St. Andrew’s College Seminary & Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University pursuing philosophical & theological studies.

April 5: “Our Father” as a Prayer of a Priestly People” with Fr. Douglas J. Milewski,  Associate Professor of undergraduate theology at Seton Hall University.  Father Milewski’s academic specializations include the Fathers of the Church and the theology and history of early Christianity. 

Faith in Practice Presenters:

March 15:  “Faith in Action:  Welcome the Stranger” with Andrea Bartoli, Ph.D.:  Dean, School of Diplomacy & International Relations, Seton Hall University. Dr. Bartoli is an international conflict resolution expert who has served in key academic and diplomatic positions for more than two decades. 

March 22: “To Love Without Tiring: Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the Making of a Saint” with Mary Bertani,  pastoral minister, licensed therapist, experienced presenter on adult spirituality and formation. 

March 29:  “Catholic Sisters and the Shaping of America” with Marie Marmo Mullaney, Ph.D.,  Professor of History at Caldwell University.

Dr. Mullaney shares her research on the contributions religious sisters have made to the growth of the United States including being pioneers in helping the sick, and starting hospitals, women’s colleges, and schools.  Dr. Mullaney will discuss the national oral history project SisterStory, that Caldwell University students and Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell take part in. 

April 5:  “Catholic Teaching on End-of-Life Issues and the Dangers of Doctor-Prescribed Suicide” with Jennifer Ruggiero:  Director, Office of Respect for Life, Diocese of Metuchen.

An offering of $3.00 per session or $10.00 for the four week series is requested to help defray expenses.  Pre-registration is also requested.  For a brochure and registration form, contact any of the other sponsoring parishes. Attendance at prior sessions is not necessary to benefit from participation at a later session. All sessions qualify for catechist certification.

FAITH QUEST began in 2007 as part of the Archdiocese of Newark’s New Energies Initiative.  The four cluster parishes of West Essex—St. Aloysius in Caldwell, Notre Dame in North Caldwell, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Roseland and St. Thomas More in Fairfield collaborated to develop an adult education and information program that  is held  during the Lenten season. 

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