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Hope from the Ashes: Preparing for an Evangelizing Lent

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Description: Each Ash Wednesday, millions of people—many who are not active in the practice of faith—will take time to receive ashes. Even more will engage in a Lenten custom in their personal lives such as Friday fasting. However, after Easter, this engagement often wanes, and the connection with the Church might be lost. This momentary experience, though, is still an occasion of hope for the Church. As the world moves through uncertain times, this annual phenomenon touches the heart and soul of so many people as it has for centuries: as a source of refuge, stability, and belonging in the midst of anxiety, crisis, and isolation. There is also hope that can come from the efforts of active Catholics and Church leaders who respond to this experience with boundless hospitality, radical warmth, and unconditional compassion. Drawing from his book, Hope from the Ashes, Paul will help people understand the phenomenon and offer ideas of what they can do to respond and accompany Lenten visitors, and in so doing, help transform “moments of return” into “milestones of faith” for countless men and women who will come for ashes.

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    Paul Jarzembowski Staff with Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth @ USCCB

    He serves the USCCB, in this role, he has represented the LMFLY Secretariat to the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, the 2018 Synod of Bishops in Rome, and the Holy See’s ongoing work with WYD. He is the author of the future book on Lent, Hope from the Ashes.

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    Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C. Founding Director @ Catholic Apostolate Center

    Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C. is the Founding Director of the Catholic Apostolate Center. Evangelization ministry of the Society of Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines), Immaculate Conception Province.

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    Catholic Apostolate Center

Catholic Apostolate Center

Reviving Faith • Rekindling Charity • Forming Apostles

The Catholic Apostolate Center takes its inspiration from the spirituality of St. Vincent Pallotti and achieves its goal of deepening collaboration with dioceses and other organizations by creating formation programs for the New Evangelization through creating resources.