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St. Thomas more lecture series kicks-off new season

2/22/2017, 3:37 p.m.

Historic St. Joseph Parish, 416 N. Chicago St., continues in its mission to provide “Faith Development and Continuing Education for People of all Faiths” through the annual St. Thomas More Lecture Series. Three diverse speakers are headlining the Lecture Series this year. The Lecture Series runs for three Wednesdays in Lent from 7:00- 8:30 PM. The lectures are open to the public; free admission.

On March 8th, Rick Akins will speak on “Challenged to Grow in our Catholic Faith.” Rick Akins is a local author of three new books, Fundamentally Catholic, Romans by Paul, and Practices Made Perfect. They provide answers to the specific challenges many of our family members and friends experience from other Christians in terms of the Church’s role in defining the basics of Christian faith, the scriptures and the sacraments. Rick has been featured in Christ is Our Hope Magazine and EWTN syndicated radio interviews.

and Action…How One Person Can Make a Difference.” Bill Johnson is a youth consultant and guest speaker for a variety of youth groups and organizations across the Midwest developing and presenting educational programs for teachers, parents and teens. Bill has a B.A. in Communications and a M.A. in Youth/Pastoral studies from Loyola University in Chicago. He was ordained a deacon in 1998 in the Rockford Diocese and is assigned to his home parish, St. Patrick in St. Charles.

Fr. Bob Cary will conclude the Lecture Series on March 22nd with “We Pray: Our Father…Forgive Us Our Trespasses.” Fr. Robert Cary has been a Paulist Father for over 30 years. He is a mission preacher based in Chicago. For more than 25 years, he has been known for his clear, concise and enlightening preaching and teaching. Fr. Bob has advanced degrees in law and theology and most recently a Masters in Bioethics and Health Care Policy from Loyola University, Chicago. He has served as a parish priest, campus minister, and adult religious educator.

Prelude music begins each evening at 6:30 PM. For more information, please contact Fr. Timothy Andres, O. Carm. at 815-727-9378.