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The St. Catherine’s Fund

In 2015, a generous gift was given by anonymous donors-$10,000 a year for five years, to fund outside speakers and various lectures at Transfiguration. This gift was named the St. Catherine’s Fund after St. Catherine of Alexandria, patron saint of philosophers and preachers, as she herself was a noted scholar. Additionally, it is said that theologians, apologists, preachers, and philosophers called on her in prayer to intercede for them, an opportunity we might also take as we discern what speakers to invite!


St. Catherine, Most blessed and favored patron saint, Thou who sought the truth with perseverance, loved the truth in humility, taught the truth in charity, and defended the truth with courage, pray for us. Obtain for us the grace to persevere in truth, to be a light in the darkness of the times in which we live, and to convey to others, both in our written words and in our actions, the responsibility, wisdom, and knowledge to proclaim the truths of our holy Faith as proclaimed by the Church. O holy virgin and bride of Christ, whose letters inspired, guided, and led the Church to renewal and transformation, obtain too for us the grace to live the truth, the patience to endure the trials and hardships, to carry our Cross in the spirit of prayer and self denial, and to defend the Church in its hour of crucifixion. We ask these in Christ’s name, Amen.

UPCOMING GUEST SPEAKERS

Lenten Dinner Series: Called to a Life of Prayer

Join us every Wednesday evening March 8-April 5.

In our baptismal covenant, we vow to continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in prayer.  Our catechism defines prayer as “responding to God, by thought and by deeds, with or without words.”  We are, as a Church, called to a life of prayer, but that can be made manifest in myriad ways.  Join us for a five-week study in Lent as we reflect on our calling to a life of prayer from a variety of viewpoints.  Our lectures will range from the topic of intercessory prayer, to prayer within the monastic life, to even Jewish prayer practices that can influence and enrich our own, and much more.  Some of our guests include our own The Rev. Paul Bradshaw, Emeritus faculty at Notre Dame, specializing in liturgical studies; Rabbi Ariel Boxman, Rabbi-Educator at Temple Shalom; and Adam White, Minister of Discipleship at Grace Methodist, and a Prior at the Missional Wisdom Foundation.  By reflecting together about both the challenges and joys of prayer, and praying together weekly through Eucharist and evening prayer, we can be formed as a community and given direction in our common prayer life, as well as how we pray when we are alone. 

Schedule:

  • 6:00p.m. Holy Eucharist in the Church
  • 6:30p.m. Soup supper in Roper Hall
  • 7:00p.m. Featured Lecture with Q&A
  • 8:15p.m. Evening Prayer

There will be a Lenten program for children, and children will go to their program immediately following dinner.  All programs will end by 8:30 p.m.

PREVIOUS GUEST SPEAKERS

Advent Speaker: Danielle Shroyer

Cliché as it is, the holiday season finds even the most well-intentioned of us scrambling to get it all done, agonizing over how to make everything meaningful and beautiful in the process. Rather than a season of waiting, Advent can feel like a time of guilt and perfectionism, when every moment, present, and meal has to be done just so.

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Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens is an author, speaker, priest, social entrepreneur, founder and president of Thistle Farms. She has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, and was recently named a 2016 CNN Hero.

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