‘Evangelizing through mercy,’ the journey to the Catholic faith

‘Evangelizing through mercy,’ the journey to the Catholic faith
Father John Hurley, CSP, commissioned by Pope Francis to be a Missionary of Mercy for this Holy Year, speaks at Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Sicklerville, on June 9. Photo by Alan M. Dumoff

Father John Hurley, CSP, commissioned by Pope Francis to be a Missionary of Mercy for this Holy Year, speaks at Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Sicklerville, on June 9.
Photo by Alan M. Dumoff

During the second week of June in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Diocesan Office of Evangelization held evening presentations on “Evangelizing Through Mercy” for three consecutive nights, at three different parishes.

From Tuesday, June 7-Thursday, June 9, nearly 200 clergy and lay leaders from 34 parishes gathered at Saint Joseph Parish in Somers Point; Our Lady of Peace Parish, Williamstown; or Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Sicklerville to hear the words of Father John Hurley, CSP.

On each day, Father Hurley, commissioned by Pope Francis to be a Missionary of Mercy for this Holy Year, provided not only spiritual renewal for attendees on how to experience the mercy of God in their own lives, but inspired them to be conduits of mercy to those they minister to at their parishes.

On Tuesday and Thursday evening, in Somers Point and Sicklerville, respectively, there was also time for Eucharistic Adoration and meditation on the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Wednesday’s presentation in Williamstown was geared more toward young adult Catholics, with praise and worship led by young adult musicians of the diocese.

Alicia Foreman, a young adult recently received into full communion with the Catholic Church at this year’s Easter Vigil, shared her story on receiving the mercy of God during her journey to the Catholic faith.

Andres Arango, Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Camden, was pleased with the “dynamic, Holy Spirit-filled” presentations of Father Hurley. “He challenged us in our particular parish ministries, to help those we serve have a personal encounter with Jesus Christ,” Arango said.

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