Published January 15, 2004
Benedictine Archabbot Lambert Reilly of St. Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana will be offering a parish mission at All Saints Church Jan. 25-27 at 7 p.m. The public is invited.
The 70-year-old native of Pittsburgh professed vows as a Benedictine monk in 1956 and was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1959. For more than 40 years, Archabbot Reilly has distinguished himself as a retreat director and as a speaker on issues of spirituality and prayer. He has given countless retreats, especially to priests and sisters, and has conducted parish missions throughout the nation. He has been a frequent retreat master for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in the United States and India.
Archabbot Lambert is also an educator. He taught Latin and education courses at St. Meinrad College, St. Meinrad, Ind., at Mount Sacred Heart College in Hamden, Conn., and at Penn State University, State College, Pa. He served as principal of St. Elizabeth High School, Pittsburgh, from 1976-78. More recently, he served as a consultant to the Diocese of Peoria’s Office of Education.
Themes for the mission begin with “Growing in Faith: Do I Have To?” which will be the topic for Sunday evening, Jan. 25. Monday night, Jan. 26, the topic will be “Finding Personal Peace.” The mission concludes on Tuesday evening, Jan. 27, with the topic of “How can peace with God help me to get along with the people who drive me crazy?” The evening will conclude with an opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation.
Author of two books, including “Latin Sayings for Spiritual Growth,” the archabbot is known for his dynamic speaking and frank approach to the spiritual life. A Latinist by training, he has the unique gift of being able to take 2,000 years of spirituality, combined with church tradition, and infuse it with experiences in the modern era.
All Saints Church is located at 2443 Mt. Vernon Road. For information call (770) 393-3255.