Fr. John will attend the Diocese of the West Mission Retreat held at the Church of the Annunciation in Milwaukie, Oregon at the invitation of the Diocese.
From Fr. John: Early in our parish's life, I was invited to attend the Diocese of the West's annual Mission's Retreat, in order to get to meet and learn from various other mission priests--a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow. That retreat was vital for my own formation and we are indebted to the Diocese of the West for how such learning and fellowship helped to shape Holy Ascension. I have been invited to give the talks at this year's retreat. I will travel to Portland, OR, next week, leaving Monday and returning Thursday evening. Your prayers for safe travels and inspired talks. Here is the title:
Us and Them: Building a Church, Becoming Disciples, and Befriending the World
1. The Power of a Vision: The Story of Building Holy Ascension
2. Preaching and Catechism: Evangelizing ourselves
3. Philoxenia: Befriending the World