Parish Retreat: How can we live Joyfully?

Fr. John Anglin, OFM and Mr. Pete Suarez will be facilitating our Advent Parish Mission. This year’s theme: Living the Joy of the Gospel.

With so many challenging issues facing us today it is tempting to succumb to a mood of darkness and sadness, yet Pope Francis calls us to live the Joy of the Gospel. Just what is joy, however? Is it something more than just putting on a smile? During these days we will see that Joy is something deep within us if we have truly embraced Jesus’ call to discipleship.


Day one: A Loving God: The Cause of our Joy

Day Two: The Gift of Mercy– evening session will include our Parish Penance Service.

Day Three: Caring for our Common Home, Mercy for our Brothers and Sisters and for all God’s Creatures.

Each day, the morning sessions of the parish mission will begin with Mass at 8am and the evening sessions will begin at 6:30pm. The mission will be in English and Spanish simultaneously.

We will have activities for the teens with babysitting for the children at the evening sessions.

Light refreshments will be served after Monday and Wednesday night sessions.

More about Fr. John Anglin, OFM

Fr. John was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts where he entered the friars after graduating from high school.  He was ordained in 1971 and obtained a Masters in Religious Education from the Catholic university of America in 1974. Also, in 1992 he received a certificate in homiletics from the Aquinas Institute in St. Louis.

Since ordination Fr. John has served in various ministries including high school teaching, parish ministry, the formation of candidates to the friars, marriage encounter and two years as a missionary in Bolivia.  He has been with the Ministry of the Word since 1987 and has conducted  more than 500  parish missions and presented many retreats for priests and religious.  Fr. John has also published two books -- The Wandering Friar,  and Following Jesus in the Footsteps of Francis. Both Are published by Lantern Books of Brooklyn, NY. The first book paints a picture of the Church through the eyes of the many people and places that Fr. John has served over the years, the second is a guide to Franciscan spirituality for everyone,

Fr. John speaks Spanish as well as Italian. Some of his interests are bicycle riding, movies and an avid following of all of the Boston sports teams.

More about MrChristmas scene with Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus, along with an ox and an ass. Pete Suarez

Pete was  born in Cuba, and  comes from Miami, FL where he has resided since his teenage years. He is happily married to his wife, Hilda, and is an active member of his parish in Miami. Pete has had a successful career as a plumbing contractor and has been very involved in the Church both in his parish and in the Archdiocese of Miami, including working several years for Radio Paz, a Spanish speaking station for that archdiocese.

Pete also has an MA in theology from Barry University and has been working with the Franciscan Ministry of the Word since 1994