2016 Lenten mission Retreat


About the Mission Retreat

We are confronted on an almost daily basis with violence in our lives. African Americans have recently become a center of attention as violence is perpetrated against them. Many would say this is not new but a part of US history, sadly, for centuries. What is new and positive is the response of most Americans in condemning this violence. What is or should be our response as persons of faith? We will explore this question in two parts: First, who is my Brother? Who is my Sister? The Bible tells us clearly who they are and how we must interact with them. We are called to be responsible for all of God’s creation, human and otherwise. How do we do this as persons of faith? Using Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan (LK10:29- 37), we will explore what it means to be neighbors in today’s world. We will also explore the 500 plus year presence and participation of persons of African descent in the US Church as a foundation for our study. Second, using the parable of New Wine in Old Wineskins (LK5:37- 38), we will address the challenge of change in our lives, especially our faith lives. How do we adapt to the changes taking place in our world and Church today as both become increasingly diverse? How do we learn of and accept new understandings of church and new interpretations of liturgy?  

Schedule:  Monday - Wednesday February 22- 24, 2016 either 10:00Am 0r 7:00pm

Monday - Wednesday February 22- 24, 2016, either 10:00am or 7:00pm.  Dr. Hayes will also be speaking at all the weekend masses the weekend of February 20-21, 2016.  All presentations will be at our Church, 403 Grandview Ave. 

  • February 22nd - Who is my Brother? Who is my Sister?
  • February 23rd - 500-yr History of African Americans in the Church 
  • February 24th - Addressing the Challenge of Change in our Lives - will include the celebration of Mass

About Dr. Diana L. Hayes

Diana L. Hayes is Emerita Professor of Systematic Theology at Georgetown University (retired).  She holds the Juris Doctor (Law), PhD (Religious Studies) and Doctor of Sacred Theology (STD) degrees and is the first African American woman to earn a Pontifical doctorate in Theology (Catholic University of Louvain). Hayes is the author/editor of 7 books. She has received numerous awards including the Elizabeth Seton Medal for Outstanding Woman Theologian and the US Catholic Award for Furthering the Role of Women in the Church as well as three honorary doctorates. Dr. Hayes has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and in South Africa on issues of race, class, gender and religion, womanist and Black theologies, women in the Catholic Church, and African American Religion(s).