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Stay-at-Home Activities During COVID-19 Pandemic

Reading & Discussing Spiritual Classics

We invite you to join us again in September 2021 for monthly book discussions on spiritual classics. 

These Spiritual Classics discussions are led by Jeff Wood, a member of Ascension and chair of the Lifelong Learning and Adult Faith Formation Committee.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have read and discussed The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, Dark Night of the Soul by Saint John of the Cross, Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich, The Cloud of UnknowingPractice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence, The Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux, The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander, The Way of the Pilgrim, On Loving God by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, The Rule of Benedict by St. Benedict, and Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton.    

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Video Recordings of The Foundations and Future of Ministry


Here are video links for the recordings of three programs on The Foundations and Future of Ministry, provided by Father Bob Hutmacher and Vicky Tufano on April 22, 29, and May 6. 


The first session reviews scriptural foundations for service to God’s people and provides a broad understanding of ministry. The next two sessions address the future of ministry and offer new, revitalized ways to view service in ministry. As we begin a process of transformation through Renew My Church and think about new ways of being the Church, we consider the past, present, and future of ministry in service to God’s people. How can we best revitalize ministry today for the Church of tomorrow?


Father Bob Hutmacher, OFM, has been part of the Ascension community since 2012. He is a liturgist, composer, and guardian of the Franciscan community at St. Peter’s in the Loop.  Vicky Tufano previously served as pastoral associate and director of liturgy at Ascension.  She is a frequent writer and speaker on liturgy and Christian initiation. 



Thursday, April 22 – Scriptural Foundations of Church and Ministry

Thursday, April 29 – Ministry in our Post-Covid Church


Thursday, May 6 – Revitalizing Liturgical Ministries