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Lenten Program 2018

The Women's Group of Saint Patrick Church

March 8th, 2018

9:30am - 11:00am

Thursday Morning Scripture Group


Invites you to...

Lent Cross

Lenten Program

In the O’Gara Center


R.S.V.P by March 2rd, 2017

Susan Carlson


A light breakfast will be served at 9:30am and our program begins at 10:00am

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Claire Noonan

“That Your Love May Overflow”:  Fueling Your Lenten Practice with Gratitude

Program Overview

Many of us are familiar with the old jokes about Catholic guilt.  And Lent is often understood as the poster season for this familiar trope.  But, what if we were to approach this sacred season’s invitation to conversion from another perspective?  What if our prayer, fasting and almsgiving began—like St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians--with gratitude?  What if our foundation were built on appreciation for God’s gratuity, rather than frustration with our own limitations? Come explore the possibilities of gratitude and discover how the overflowing energy of love can carry us through the last weeks of Lent. ​


Claire Noonan, DMin, is a practical theologian who brings more than two decades of experience in university ministry, adult faith formation, and social justice education to her work as Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Dominican University.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religion.  She earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and her Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry degree at Catholic Theological Union with a concentration in spirituality.  She is author of Full of Grace, a book of spiritual essays and exercises for women; Together We Share, Grow and Rejoice! Daily Reflections, Prayers and Actions; and most recently, Sharing the Bread of God’s Love (all with Twenty-Third Publications). She is a frequent speaker at local and national gatherings, addressing topics such as the Dominican tradition, Ignatian spirituality, interfaith education, vocation, faith development of young adults, and the spiritual life of women.  Her writing as appeared in U.S. Catholic magazine, the Journal of Catholic Higher Education and other venues.  She currently serves on the Mission and Identity Committee of Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory High School, and the Mission and Governance Committee of Trinity High School.  She and her husband, Anthony Schmitz, are the parents of two beautiful daughters, Mary (11) and Margaret (6).

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