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An Advent Evening of Reflection with Jack Shea

December 10 @ 5:30 pm - 8:05 pm

An Advent Evening of Reflection with Jack Shea

5:30–6:15 p.m.
Reconciliation Service,  Church
6:15–7:00 p.m.
Buffet Dinner,   Church Hall

“How Can This Be? The Theology,  Poetry, and Song of the Christmas Season” with Jack Shea;
7:00–8:15 p.m.
Church Hall

This program is presented free of charge and no advance registration is required.

A friend always comments, “Christmas is at our throats once again.” It gets a laugh, but it makes the point. The season is high on pressure, ratcheting our normal frantic pace up a notch or two.

But saying yes to the deep revelation of Christmas is quite a different experience. Christmas tries to wake us up to the experiences of surprise, generosity, vulnerability, forgiveness, peace and all the grace that suffuses our lives but often goes unnoticed. This grace brings pleasure and purpose, and properly positions the cultural hype.

Join us as we ponder stories, songs, poetry, and symbols of Christmas and see them as a set of instructions on how to say yes to the always and everywhere grace of our lives.

Jack Shea is a theologian and storyteller who lectures nationally and internationally on story telling in world religions, faithbased health care, contemporary spirituality, and the spirit at work movement.

He has served as a professor of systematic theology and the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, a research professor at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at
Loyola University of Chicago, and the Advocate Healthcare Senior Scholar in Residence at the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith and Ethics. He has also taught at the University of Notre Dame and Boston College.

Currently, Jack is the Director of Program and Process Development for the Ministry Leadership Center which creates ministerial formation programming for the senior leadership of five Catholic healthcare systems. He has published more than a dozen books of theology and spirituality and two books of poetry.

And for all of us at Old St. Pat’s, who find wisdom and inspiration in his words, Jack is a great spiritual teacher and friend.


December 10
5:30 pm - 8:05 pm
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Old St. Patrick’s Church
700 West Adams Street, Chicago, United States