photo: At the Lenten Mission parishioners and clergy shared the Holy Spirit by laying their hands on each other's heads. Here Father Ed Faliskie lays his hands on Father Francis Gargani.
At the Lenten Mission parishioners and clergy shared the Holy Spirit by laying their hands on each other's heads.
Here Father Ed Faliskie lays his hands on Father Francis Gargani
"We came to the mission to be on fire," proclaimed Father Francis Gargani
and Father Ed Faliskie, CSsR, who live in Brooklyn, N.Y., led the mission March 11-14.
Approximately 800 people attended each night's mission which had the theme "Hearts of Faith; Lives on Fire."
"We journey through Lent to be on fire!
As part of the mission, Father Gargani
and Father Faliskie preached at each Mass on the weekend prior and during the retreat, they celebrated the morning Mass Monday through Thursday, spoke at prayer services Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and celebrated Mass Thursday evening.
Similarly, Father Gargani
emphasized that faith means living one's life by serving God, by being like Christ.
"We need to decide if we're serious about keeping the memory of Christ alive, washing the feet of the disciples and of the world, bringing his
real presence not only to our altar table but to the altar table of the world!
Calling the world a "desperate, angry, depressed, drowning -in -consumerism, starving-for-meaning and starving-for-hope world," Father Gargani
outlined the woes that plague this earth, woes such as violence, child abuse, greed and lust.
said although the world is afflicted with an ever-growing division between the poor and the wealthy, many are obsessed with fame and fortune.
Even with weapons of mass destruction, there is hope, he
"Such a world, such a culture, cries out for salvation, cries out for a community whose hearts are on fire with faith in God's redeeming love!
said that faith demands that individuals reach out to those in need.
described faith as the faces of dedicated Christians who have worked to make the world a better place.
, superior of his
Provincial House Community in Brooklyn, N.Y., dropped out of college after his
first year to pursue priesthood because he
wanted "to help make a difference in the world."
He said he chose to join the Redemptorist order because the Redemptorist priests who worked at his college impressed him, particularly their vocation director who "was personality plus - joyful, positive, extremely personable."
Ordained a priest in 1971, Father Gargani has served in a number of capacities, including a stint as campus minister at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.
He says he loved his assignment at ODU from 1984 to 1991 because "being with the students was always a treat" and because he enjoyed working in the Diocese of Richmond.