By using the lives and witness of contemporary figures as an open window to the gospel of our times, this program will challenge us to think more creatively about being faithful and active in our own historical context. Sharing the stories of women and men whose lives and message speak to the spiritual needs of our day, participants will imbibe their creativity, courage and imagination in the face of modern challenges. Participants will deepen their appreciation that the call to Holiness is a call for each one of us in our daily lives.
Among the stories we will consider during the program are: the life and witness of Pope Francis, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Oscar Romero and Etty Hillesum.
The interview with Pope Francis in America: “A Big Heart Open to God”, has been published as a book, and it is available online. The article by Robert Ellsberg on the canonization of Dorothy Day will also be used during the program.
Resource Person: Robert Ellsberg, MA., has a Master’s Degree in Theology from Harvard Divinity School. He is Publisher and Editor in Chief of Orbis Books. He has written many books and received numerous awards. Blessed Among Women (Crossroads, 2007) and All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets and Witnesses for our Time (Crossroads, 1997), are the basis for this program. Dorothy Day had a great influence on Robert’s life. He worked as editor of the Catholic Worker and edited the published diaries and letters of Dorothy Day.