As we approach the end of February, I thought it would be helpful to review the education the ICC has provided over the last month. If you’ve missed any of these – visit the event pages (all the titles below are hyperlinked) to watch the videos! Since it’s Lent, what better occasion do you have to sit down and spend some time learning about Our Lord and the Faith he has entrusted to us?
Our major weekend event in February was “Confronting Attila the Hun: the Life of Pope St. Leo the Great.” This was a great event, beginning with a hearty chicken soup supper. The hall at Our Lady of Hope was packed! But once everyone was fed, Chris Check told a powerful story, outlining the life and influence of Pope St. Leo the Great, the world of the 5th century Roman Empire, including the barbarian invasions and Christological controversies occurring at the time.
We also hosted a two-part series with Professor Steve Weidenkopf on “The Baptism of Clovis & the Conversion of Europe.” (A special thanks to Prof. Weidenkopf, who filled in for Dr. McGuire at very late notice!) Prof. Weidenkopf covered an enormous amount of history, outlining the early Roman world and the other major tribes – Goths, Burgundians, Vandals, and Franks, as well as the growing Christian influence over the Roman Empire. Prof. Weidenkopf then led us through Clovis’ baptism (influenced by his wife, St. Clotilda), and how the newly-baptised Clovis led to the conversion of the tribes and the conquest of Gaul (modern-day France). Prof. Weidenkopf concluded with a reflection on why Clovis’ baptism matters – not only for the future of Europe, but for each of us as Catholics baptized into the Body of Christ.
Finally, Msgr. Charles Pope gave a beautiful Lenten retreat this past Sunday – “Carrying Our Cross: An ICC Lenten Retreat.” Msgr. Pope spoke to those present about the Cross – and how we are each called to take up our own cross and follow Christ. Msgr. Pope didn’t mince words, acknowledging the tremendous difficulties of living as a Catholic in our post-modern world, but exhorting all present to live out their faith in the midst of their struggles. Following Msgr. Pope’s remarks, the 200 attendees retired to the Church, where we prayed Compline (a special thanks to members of Chorus Sine Nomine for helping lead Compline!). At the end of the evening, about 50 young adults and Msgr. Pope returned to the hall to have a special Young Adults Reception, where Msgr. Pope answered questions about “Living Lent in a Hostile World.”
Msgr. Pope will be giving the second part of his retreat this coming Sunday at St. Agnes – so please make your plans to attend!
I hope this was a helpful review! Make sure to mark your calendars for all the phenomenal events we have coming up during Lent – please click here to view our upcoming events.