From my friends at the Jordan Ministry Team (who sponsored last year’s online events with Deacon Bill Ditewig and, later in the year, one with yours truly), here’s something to put on your radar.

It’s “Fratelli Tutti and the Ministry of Service,” presented by Bishop Gerald Kicanas.

From the course description:

Date and Time: Monday, January 25 at 6:00pm (MT)/ 8:00pm (ET)

This workshop will be offered online via Zoom.

The encyclical Fratelli Tutti (published on October 4, 2020) is a summary of Pope Francis’ vision for social justice, calling upon Christians and all people of good will to work together in “acknowledging the dignity of each human person” and to “contribute to the rebirth of a universal aspiration of fraternity” (no. 8). To that end, Pope Francis grounds his reflection in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, calling us to be women and men who “identify with the vulnerability of others, who reject the creation of a society of exclusion, and act instead as neighbors, lifting up and rehabilitating the fallen for the sake of the common good.” (no. 67). In this workshop, Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, bishop emeritus of Tucson, will reflect on the implications of Fratelli Tutti, highlighting how the spirit of fraternity and social friendship called for by Pope Francis is at the heart of the vocation of deacons and the ministry of service.

The fee is just $15. Visit this link to register. You won’t regret it. I had the privilege of serving Mass with Bishop Kicanas a couple years ago at a Catholic press event in Green Bay. He’s a gifted speaker and an all around great guy.

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