|The Blessing of the John Paul II Forum (May 1 2011)|
Mitchell Thomas, Charles Stewart, Sr. Mary Roberta Connors, FSE, Fr. Robert Crooker, CSB,
John Hittinger, Sr. Damien Marie Savino, FSE, Jessi Caruthers, Steven Meyer
The Pope John Paul II Forum has no precise date for its anniversary. We did reach a milestone this year, an official blessing of the work on the first anniversary of the beatification of John Paul II. The picture shows the John Paul II Forum advisory group with Fr Crooker at our office, not far off-campus near the University of St Thomas, Houston, Texas. We later celebrated Mass for Divine Mercy and sponsored a talk on the Marian devotion of John Paul II (see link here). This was a high point for our devotion to Blessed John Paul II.
The Pope John Paul II Forum has been coming into being for a number of years. Born out of many reading groups devoted to discussion, workshops expounding the intricacies of encyclicals, speakers illuminating the ideas of John Paul II -- the Pope John Paul II Forum pursues this mission: "To promote the understanding of the thought of Pope John Paul II and to develop his legacy as it forms and equips the Church for the new evangelization." Many institutions have helped me to nurture an organization for this mission: the College of St Francis (Joliet), St. Mary's College at Orchard Lake, and the University of St. Thomas. Grants from Our Sunday Visitor (at St Mary's Orchard Lake) and the Strake Foundation (at UST) have been important to launching such ventures.