We were very blessed to welcome Reverend Peter M.J. Stravinskas, an old friend of Father Bradford and the Congregation of Saint Athanasius as featured homilist for a three-day Lenten Mission:
- Friday, March 24th — 7:30 pm: Stations of the Cross, a homily on the Theology of the Cross, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
- Saturday, March 25th — 8:00 am: Mass of the Annunciation in the Divine Worship form of the Roman Rite, followed by a light collation, and a quiet morning with meditation on John’s Passion Narrative.
- Sunday, March 26th — 11:30 am: Mass of Lætare (or Rose) Sunday in the Divine Worship form of the Roman Rite with Decalogue and Homily for the day followed by fellowship and collation.
Here is a photograph from Saturday’s meditation with Fr. Stravinskas:
Here is a photograph of Fr. Stravinskas preaching at Sunday’s Mass:
THE REVEREND PETER M.J. STRAVINSKAS was born in Newark, New Jersey, on December 25th, 1950; he attended parochial elementary and secondary schools and then entered the seminary in 1968.
He was ordained a priest on May 27, 1977. Father Stravinskas holds a bachelor of arts degree in Classical Languages and French from Seton Hall University, a master of arts in School Administration from Seton Hall University, a master of arts in Biblical Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary (Darlington), a doctor of philosophy in School Administration from Fordham University, and a licentiate of sacred theology from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. He also has earned a doctorate in sacred theology from the Marian Institute at the University of Dayton and the Marianum in Rome.
He has taught in and administered Catholic educational institutions at the elementary, secondary, university and seminary levels, serving as professor of education, theology and classical languages at Gonzaga University; Georgian Court University, Lakewood, New Jersey; Saint John’s University, New York; Seton Hall University, South Orange New Jersey; Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Kearny, New Jersey; Holy Apostles Seminary, Cromwell, Connecticut; Casperson Graduate School of Drew University, Madison, New Jersey; and Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education.
Father Stravinskas founded The Catholic Answer in 1987, editing that periodical for seventeen years; in 2004 he founded another journal, The Catholic Response. He has written or edited fifty-one books and more than six-hundred articles. He has conducted retreats and lectured in eighty dioceses of the United States and over a dozen abroad.
He is the founder and superior of the Priestly Society of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, a clerical association of the faithful committed to Catholic education, liturgical renewal, and the new evangelization. Father Stravinskas is also the executive director of the Catholic Education Foundation, an organization serving as a resource for heightening the Catholic identity of Catholic schools. He serves on the Research Faculty of the Maryville Institute in Birmingham, England as well as that of Ocean County College and Grand Canyon University.
Here is the poster for the event.