What better way could there be to deepen your relationship with God and celebrate the new life that accompanies this beautiful season than to nurture your spirit during an upcoming Monday Mini-Retreat at St. Francis Retreat House (SFRH) in Easton, Pennsylvania?

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We read in St. Paul VI’s Evangelii Nuntiandi: “Evangelizing is in fact the grace and the vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize!”

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Maggie Riggins

The Evangelizing Mission of the Church,” presented by Maggie Riggins on May 15, will focus on how we as Church (in parishes, as well as individually) are called to live this fundamental mission. Practical tools for implementation will be included. Maggie is a cradle Catholic, and a “daughter of the diocese,” growing up in the coal region of Schuylkill County. She received a bachelor’s degree in theology and philosophy from DeSales University, and her graduate degree in theology from Villanova University. In 2001, Maggie began serving as the director of campus ministry at DeSales University. In 2020, she joined the staff of the Diocese of Allentown, overseeing campus ministry and young adult ministry, and was recently promoted to executive director of evangelization and formation. Throughout her professional career, she has served as a consultant for the Secretariat of Catholic Education for the USCCB and as an executive board member of CCMA (Catholic Campus Ministry Association). She is a co-author of Hearts Burning Within Us: Answers to Burning Questions from Catholic College Students. She is married to husband, Brett, and they have been blessed with a wonderful daughter, Raquelle. She enjoys spending time with her family at the beach and in the mountains, looking through cookbooks for new recipes, cheering on her favorite sports teams and living life as a disciple of Jesus.

Onsite participation begins with a meal at 6 p.m., with the presentation following from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $35. Virtual participation is for the program from 7- 9 p.m. via a Zoom link that will be sent to you. Please provide your email address when you register. The cost for virtual participation is $20. RSVP by Monday, May 8 at 4 p.m. for onsite participation, and by Friday, May 12 at 4 p.m. for virtual participation. Click here to register.

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Explore how music can enrich and deepen your relationship with God as it is incorporated into prayer time and everyday activities. Song and meditative music will be the guide for the evening’s reflection, “Music on Our Path of Faith,” on May 22.

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Fr. Anthony Mongiello

Fr. Anthony Mongiello, the presenter, is a Philadelphia native, attended Catholic school and graduated from Cardinal O’Hara High School. He attended St. Joseph University, where he graduated with a degree in English, and then attended Mary Immaculate Seminary. He was ordained a priest in the Allentown diocese in 1980. Fr. Mongiello has served in many parishes in the diocese, as well as ministering at Nativity BVM High School. His present assignment is at St. Anne Parish, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he has been the pastor since 2002.

Onsite participation begins with a meal at 6 p.m., with the presentation following from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $35 for the in-person presentation, with a registration deadline of Monday, May 15. Virtual participation is $20, with a registration deadline of Friday, May 19 at 4 p.m. Click here to register.