Summer Series: Theology on the Green

We are excited to announce our lineup for our Summer Series. With a focus on Discipleship, we will visit three of our parish green spaces for inspiration from three local speakers. For each evening, please bring your own lawn chair and beverage. In case of rain, our alternate space will be the Parish Church.

On July 12, we will begin under the canopy at St. Giles Parish located at 1045 Columbian Avenue. Oak Park’s newest Associate Pastor, Fr. Robert Carlton, will share some of his journey as a Disciple of Christ leading to his call to priesthood. A great opportunity to meet and greet!

On July 19, Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa, Roberta Popara, OP, will lead us in a reflection on discipleship through the biblical lives of Mary Magdalene (Feast day: July 22nd), Prisca and Aquila (co-workers with St. Paul), and if time allows, the two on the Road to Emmaus. Those close to Jesus and the early disciples continue to teach us what it means to proclaim the good news with our lives.

Sr. Roberta returned to the area in 2019 after more than 15 years of retreat ministry in south Florida and is a member of Ascension’s Life Long Learning and Adult Faith Formation Committee as well as a “Voices of Ascension” preacher. The session will be on the Parish Green at St. Edmund Parish, 188 S. Oak Park Avenue.

On July 26 at Ascension’s Parish Green at 808 S. East Avenue, Fr. Joshua Peters, SJ, will share about Ignatian Spirituality and the ministry of Christ the King College Prep School (CTK) on Chicago’s West Side. “Finding God in All Things” is the work of every disciple. Fr. Joshua is the Director of Mission and Identity at CTK and looks forward to sharing his story of changing the lives of young people through grace and generosity of spirit.

All evenings begin at 7:30 pm and end between 8:30 pm and 9 pm. See you there!

Lifelong Learning and Adult Faith Formation Committee (LLAFFC)