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A press release from the Green Bay Diocese website:

Make a "pilgrimage" to the 2009 Spirituality Fair on Saturday, May 9, at St. Paul Parish in Wrightstown (link to map). The daylong event is free and open to all! It will feature several kinds of prayer, personal comfort/reflection time, spiritually themed vendors and a variety of speakers. You are welcome to come and go throughout the day -- catch a favorite speaker or take them in!

Speakers include:
Father Bob Thorn, who will present “What shall I do Lord?” Father Bob served in the Peace Corps and worked as an accountant and as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation for many years. Following a powerful conversion experience in 1986, he came back to his faith. Father Bob was ordained a priest in 1999, served as a Capuchin Franciscan and then began serving as a diocesan priest for the Diocese of La Crosse in 2002.

Dr. Susan Mountin, Ph.D., will present “Have you packed yet? Life as Pilgrimage.” She has been director of the Manresa Project at Marquette University since 2002 where she also served as a campus minister and adjunct faculty member since 1977. She was formerly associate editor at the Milwaukee Catholic Herald and US Catholic magazine. She teaches courses on Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement, Ignatian Spirituality and Social Justice/Social Activism.

9 a.m. Gathering, Information/Vendors Booths Open
9:30 a.m. Opening Prayer
9:45 a.m. Father Bob Thorn, “What shall I do Lord?”
10:30 a.m. Personal Comfort and Reflection Time
10:40 a.m. Dr. Joe Bound, “Spiritual and Physical Transformation in the Byzantine Catholic Tradition: Theosis, Final Theosis, and Apokatastasis”
11:15 a.m. Personal Comfort and Reflection Time
11:30 a.m. Amber and Mitch Nonn, “And they will know we are Christians by ...???”
12:15 p.m. Lunch I and Dr. Kristina DeNeve, “Discernment: Beyond Praying for God to Reveal His Will”
12:40 p.m. Lunch II and Dr. Kristina DeNeve, repeat of previous topic
1:10 p.m. Canon Denis Buchholz, “The Most Perfect Virtue”
1:50 p.m. Personal Comfort and Reflection Time
2 p.m. Sr. Jo Ann Dold, “Bridge Spirituality: From Here to There”
2:35 p.m. Personal Comfort and Reflection Time
2:45 p.m. Dr. Susan Mountin, “Have you packed yet? Life as Pilgrimage”
3:15 p.m. Sending Forth Rite
3:30 p.m. Personal Comfort and Reflection Time
4 p.m. Mass in conjunction with St. Paul Parish

Read the speakers' bios and get a printable version of the schedule with this document. To learn more about the fair, contact Dr. Kristina DeNeve, Spirituality and Evangelization Director for the Diocese of Green Bay, at 920-272-8304 or e-mail.

Want to make your trip to the Spirituality Fair part of an official pilgrimage and maybe receive a plenary indulgence? Read Bishop David Ricken's official decree of the current local pilgrimage sites for the Year of St. Paul. (Want more information on what the Catholic Church believes - and does not believe - about plenary indulgences? Read more ... )

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