Published February 5, 2015
ATLANTA—Father Emmerich Vogt, a priest of the Holy Name Province of the Dominican order, will lead three Lenten parish missions in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
The first mission program on spiritual healing will be at St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, Feb. 23-26. Morning and evening conferences will be available to accommodate various schedules. The morning program will follow 9 a.m. Mass and run from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The evening programs will be from 7-8 p.m.
Father Vogt will then lead missions at St. Peter Chanel Church in Roswell from Feb. 28-March 5 and at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta March 7-12.
For 32 years, Father Vogt has been involved in giving retreats to Mother Teresa’s priests and sisters in Mexico, Poland, Guatemala, India and Africa.
The former pastor of Holy Rosary Church in Portland, Oregon, Father Vogt now resides in Los Angeles.
The St. Brigid Mission will be a follow-up to a program previously presented there and is called “The Rule of Our Warfare.”
Father Vogt will explore the road to inner peace and freedom.
“The focus is on healing that comes from a deep immersion into our Catholic Eucharistic faith, and the focus is on the individual making the mission … not on their spouse, their troubled children, but on the person making the mission,” said the priest. “They can expect to come away from the mission knowing themselves better and how to live their Catholic faith more deeply, by drawing upon the wisdom of sacred Scripture and the lives of the saints.”
Father Vogt said he comes from a family with addictions of various sorts. He met a wise woman who dealt with her alcoholism by merging the 12-step experience with her profound Catholic faith. He began attending Al-Anon upon her suggestion, and his mission since has been to give Catholics a deeper understanding of the faith, reflected in a practical application of the 12 steps.
For more information on the St. Brigid Lenten mission program, call 678-393-0060.