The social encyclical, Fratelli Tutti (All Brothers) offers a view on the universal scope of fraternal love.
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The social encyclical, Fratelli Tutti (All Brothers) offers a view on the universal scope of fraternal love, in the hope that in the face of present-day attempts to eliminate or ignore others, we may respond with a new vision of social friendship that will not remain at the level of words. It is an invitation to dialogue among all people of good will. Please join Fr. Mike Van Clive and Joan McGovern, as they present an overview of Pope Francis' encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, as well as delving into the chapter of "A Stranger on the Road."
Presenter: Joan McGovern companions others along their spiritual journey, as a certified spiritual director and supervisor, trained in Ignatian Spirituality. She has conducted directed retreats, as well as develops and offers days of prayer for local parishes and retreat centers. Facilitating bereavement support groups provides her the opportunity to minister to others while channeling God’s compassion to those experiencing various types of loss. She has been requested to address national groups about the impact of various types of prayer disciplines on the immune system of individuals dealing with chronic illnesses. Although Joan is also working towards the completion of a Master’s degree in Theology, at St. Joseph’s College and Seminary, she also enjoys spending time with family and friends exploring the great outdoors in a kayak, on a bicycle and sometimes through the air in a hot air balloon.
Presenter: Fr. Mike Van Cleve was born in Henderson NV in 1951 and shortly after his birth his family moved to Freeport, TX. After high school Fr. Mike attended St. Mary Seminary in Houston, TX as was transferred to what was then the Diocese of Reno-Las Vegas. As a seminarian Fr. Mike served in two parishes before difficulties between him and the Bishop had Fr. Mike leaving the seminary. All Fr. Mike had wanted to do was be a priest and he was at a loss as to what else he would do. God was keeping him in his sights and led him in to work with drug and alcohol abusers. He fell in love with helping them as they worked their recovery.
Personally Fr. Mike was feeling far from God until one day when a fellow seminary classmate came to visit. It seemed like just a nice night with an old friend, but the next morning he asked himself why he wandered from the Catholic Church. He realized that he had allowed his anger with the Bishop to push him away from what he really was called to do. After all that time he returned to the seminary and on February 10, 2021 he will celebrate his 20th anniversary of his ordination.