Published February 26, 2004
Three priests with the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) will lead members of Douglas County’s two Catholic congregations in a five-day Lenten season mission.
Members of St. John Vianney Parish in Lithia Springs will join those of Douglasville’s St. Theresa’s Parish for the mission to be hosted by St. Theresa’s, located at 4401 Prestley Mill Road. The mission, the theme of which is “Finally . . . Good News,” will be held Sunday, March 7, through Thursday, March 11.
Father Jerry Brinkman, CSsR, Father Alex Ortiz, CSsR, and Father Humberto Villalba, CsSR, will preach their sermons and lead the discussions during the service, which begin each of the five days at 7 p.m. As part of the mission, there will be a parish penance service on Wednesday, March 10. Father Richard Tibbetts, pastor of St. Theresa’s, said that all services will be conducted in English and Spanish. There will be a social gathering in the basement parish hall following the Sunday and Monday night services.
The three priests bring over 30 years of preaching experience to the mission, which is open to the public. Father Brinkman, a Philadelphia native, with 15 years in this apostolate, now serves on the Redemptorists’ Spanish mission team. Father Ortiz, a New York City native of Puerto Rican parentage, has been on the Spanish mission team for over 10 years.
Father Villalba, born in Paraguay and educated in Esopus, N. Y., speaks five languages and was engaged for five years in Portuguese mission preaching in Brazil. Currently a pastor in Asuncion, Paraguay, who travels frequently, he appreciates the opportunity to work with his fellow Redemptorists in the United States during the 2004 Lenten season.
For information on the mission, call St. Theresa’s at (770) 489-7115 or St. John Vianney at (770) 941-2807.