Reflections Explore Faith as a Journey During Lent
February 21, 2012 – This year’s Lenten Reflection Series, sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry, will examine faith as a lifelong journey.
The five-part series is held in Dahlgren Chapel on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. during Lent to help Christians engage the themes of the Lenten journey. It is open to all members of the Georgetown community, as well as neighbors and friends.
“Lent is a time for spiritual renewal and religious recommitment,” says Rev. Kevin O’Brien, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry.
Weekly reflections in Dahlgren Chapel take place every Wednesday from February 29 to April 4, with the exception of March 7, when the series will not meet due to spring break.
“Lent encourages us to reflect on our lives and our relationship with God,” says O’Brien. “The speakers this year will reflect on Lent as a journey through life rather than a destination.”
Each week a different member of the university community will offer a reflection:
- February 29 - Rev. Mark Henninger, S.J., professor, department of philosophy
- March 14 - Karen Stohr, associate professor, department of philosophy
- March 21 – Dr. Stephen Ray Mitchell, dean for medical education
- March 28 - Michael Smith, director of affirmative action
- April 4 - Marya Pulaski (C'13)
The season will also open with a Catholic Mass, in Dahlgren Chapel, and an Ash Wednesday Service for Protestant worshipers, in St. William's Chapel in Copley Hall, both on Feb. 22 at 12:10 p.m.
A daily devotional guide written by faculty, staff and students will be available online as a pdf after Ash Wednesday (Feb. 22).
The devotional is also available via daily email subscription.
The Protestant Chaplaincy, in collaboration with the Office of Mission and Ministry, will also offer printed booklets that will be available in Dahlgren, St. William's and Copley Crypt chapels.
The university community is also invited to come to attend a 12:10 p.m. liturgy each weekday in Dahlgren Chapel. Other Lenten events around campus can be found on the Office of Campus Ministry website.
The process reflects the tradition in Jesuit education to encourage contemplatives in action.
“These Lenten practices help us become more reflective amidst our daily busy lives,” says O’Brien. “We hope that through the series and the daily devotional that each person will grow in faith, hope and love in the unique context of their own life.”