March 15th 6:30-7:45 PM
“How Many Times Should I Forgive?”
Our featured speaker for March 15 will be Mrs. Jeanne Bishop. This can be said to be “Part 3” in a series of speakers this year concerning the scriptural theme “When I was in prison, you visited me (Matthew 25)”; as well as the Spiritual Works of Mercy to “forgive sinners”. Mrs. Bishop is a lawyer (public defender), national renowned speaker and author. She has been a speaker at Saint Anne three times in the past several years. I first heard Mrs. Bishop speak at Loyola Academy to our students about her efforts to forgive the person who killed her pregnant sister and brother in law in an act of premeditated murder in her sister’s home in the early nineties. The young man was a 16 year old New Trier High School student who wanted to know what it was like to kill someone—a purely gratuitous act of violence.
Mrs. Bishop will bring to life her own journey as a Christian woman of trying to incorporate the admonition of Jesus to forgive the heinous murderers of her beloved pregnant sister and brother in law. This same Jesus she has been in dialogue all these years around forgiving her family’s s murderer is the same Jesus you are called to follow upon your confirmation. You in your own life may be asked to be forgiven by another person, or you may have to forgive another. In either case, forgiveness of sin is at the core of our Catholic faith. One of the Spiritual Works of Mercy is to “forgive sinners”. It is an essential element of our faith. Mrs. Bishop will challenge you and your understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
We invite any parents or sponsors to the presentation who want to come. Parishioners are welcome as well. We would also like you to attend the 5:15 Sunday evening Mass ahead of the presentation. All first and second year students will sit together on the west side of the church.
The presentation by Jeanne Bishop will begin at 6:30 PM in the Parish Center Gym and conclude at 7:45. We look forward to seeing you there. Students are to sign in upon arriving in the Parish Gym. s