BANGOR — Three sought-after speakers known nationally for their effective, memorable presentations and faith-filled messages will appear at retreats in Old Town, Auburn and Bangor in October and November.
Lord’s Resurrection Parish will host “The Riches of Our Faith” with Dr. Scott Hahn on Saturday, October 1 from 8 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. All are invited to attend the gathering at Holy Family Church in Old Ville. The morning provides an opportunity to examine the scriptures at the heart of the Church with one of today’s most respected scholars. Dr. Hahn lectures nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith, helping thousands of Protestants and fallen Catholics to re(embrace) the Catholic faith.
“I never cease to be amazed by the opportunity I have to share why I became a Roman Catholic and how the Lord has worked in the life of my wife and our family as well,” Dr. Hahn said.
His moving words testify to the graces he received on a journey that took him from Presbyterian minister and Protestant seminary teacher to internationally renowned Roman Catholic theologian and Catholic Church apologist.
“Life is full of unexpected surprises, and it is a pleasure and a surprise for me to share how I have come to see the Roman Catholic Church as the family of God He wants all of His children to share” , said Dr. Hahn. . “Through considerable prayer and much study, I have come to see that the Roman Catholic Church is based on Scripture.”
Dr. Hahn and his wife, Kimberly, have six children (including two seminarians) and 18 grandchildren. He was awarded Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, Chair of Biblical Theology and New Evangelism at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. He is a bestselling author of over 40 titles and the founder of the Holy Center -Paul. for Biblical Theology, a nonprofit research and teaching institute that promotes the transformative study of Scripture in the Catholic tradition.
To register for Dr. Hahn’s presentation on October 1, visit www.stpaulcenter.com/maine2022.
Prof. Bill Garrott, OP, in Auburn
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish will perform “iMercy: The Divine Hotspot” October 4-6 at St. Philip’s Church in Auburn. Prof. Bill Garrott, OP, will offer three evenings of Holy Spirit-inspired preaching. The iMercy mission aims to help parishioners enter deeper into the love of the Holy Trinity and experience God’s merciful touch through the sacraments. Pr. Garrott’s retreat themes include “Father Blesses”, “Son Heals” and “Spirit Grows Stronger”.
Prof. Garrott is the youngest of eight children and has 24 nieces and nephews. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and working several years in the field of technology transfer, he entered the Order of Preachers in August 1988. After six years of spiritual and academic formation, he was ordained a priest in May 1994.
He uses his musical talents on piano and guitar to preach and present parish missions, weekend retreats, days of recollection and various youth events. By word and song, Fr. Garrott wishes to draw listeners more deeply into this unconditional love that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit reveal to us through the Catholic faith.
“I think a lot of people are distracted by technology. My mission is to get people to read the scriptures and I think music works as a back door to the soul,” the father said. Garrott. “You could call my ministry a ministry of encouragement. I preach the theological version of hope. God has a plan and God always provides. There is just tremendous joy for people who have somehow found the courage through the Holy Spirit to lay down their lives for a while and attend.
For more information about the Oct. 4-6 event, call the parish at 207-782-8096.
St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Bangor will host Fr. Larry Richards for a four-day mission at St. John’s Church November 7-10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each evening. Prof. Richards makes two promises to anyone who attends any or all of his four-day missions: “First, you will never be bored. And second, your life will be changed forever.
Each evening features a different theme to bring participants closer to God’s love, enhance prayer lives, discuss love for others and the importance of family, and healing. The experiences are also significant for fallen Catholics.
A nationally acclaimed and engaging presenter, author, and television and radio host, Fr. Richards has led hundreds of parish missions, conferences, and retreats. He is known for making the love of God real in his presentations. In 2014 and 2021, respectively, his four-day presentation at Good Shepherd Parish in Saco and Prince of Peace Parish in Lewiston drew only standing crowds and are still being talked about.
“I exist to bring people to Jesus. That’s the reason I was ordained. The purpose of my work, I always say, is to introduce people to Jesus Christ,” the father said. Richards. “Then, once I introduced him to them, I told them that you need to spend time with Jesus to get to know him. So I try to do it in a real way.
Ordained a priest in 1989 for the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, Fr. Larry talks about his experiences as an inner-city parish pastor, high school chaplain and counselor. Prof. Larry’s book Be a man! Become the man God created you! is a #1 bestseller for Ignatius Press. He is the host of The reason for our hope and Open line on EWTN and Changed forever with father Larry Richards on Relevant Radio. He is also the founder of the Reason for Our Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ through CDs, DVDs and books.
For more information about Fr. Richards in Bangor, call the parish at 207-217-6740 or visit www.stpaulbangor.me/father-larry-richards-parish-mission.