Fr. Clifford Hennings, OFM, preaching at the St. Anthony Shrine.

“We have this beautiful place that is one of the best-kept secrets in Cincinnati,” says Clifford Hennings, Director of Shrine Ministry at St. Anthony Shrine in Mt. Airy. A Lenten speaker series seemed like a good way to introduce new people to such a valuable spiritual resource.

For the three-week series of Wednesday talks, Clifford is building upon last year’s Advent series, which was based upon the Church’s approach to Advent preparation. “For Lent, I wanted to focus a little bit more on the Franciscan side of things.”

The presentations at the Shrine are 7-8 p.m. and will feature:

  • “The Spirituality of Pilgrimage” with Fr. Mark Soehner on March 27. “Franciscan friars really popularized the Stations of the Cross,” Clifford says. This will be a spiritual reflection on “why we do it and what it means.” Mark will also talk about the friars’ walking pilgrimage through Virginia in 2009, “so people can look on Lent as their pilgrimage as well.”
  • “St. Francis and Our Common Story of Mercy”, with Fr. Al Hirt, April 3. They will be “putting the story of St. Francis in the context of our own stories” from the perspective of God’s mercy.
  • “Reconciliation: A Sacrament Hope”, with Fr. Clifford as the speaker, April 10. He plans to look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation “as one of hope.”

Each Friday during Lent there will be Stations of the Cross at 5 p.m., Adoration at 7:15-8:15 p.m. and Night Prayer at 8:15 p.m.

Directions to the St. Anthony Shrine, 5000 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205