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Family of Parishes Lenten Mission
March 23 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
“A Lenten Journey with Our Blessed Mother”
Fr. Athanasius and Kelly Ponce will help us explore being docile to the movements of the Holy Spirit and mirror our Blessed Mother’s fiat. Each evening will begin with prayer and an opportunity to learn more about the church in which we gather.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available all three nights beginning at 6:30 PM.
7 PM Wednesday, 3/23 at The Cathedral. 9844 Woodward
Eucharistic adoration, brief church tour, reflection by Fr. Athanasius and Kelly Ponce.
7 PM Thursday, 3/24 at Our Lady of the Rosary. 5930 Woodward
Pray the rosary, brief church tour, music and reflection by Fr. Athanasius and Kelly Ponce.
7 PM Friday, 3/25 at St. Mary Detroit. 646 Monroe Street
Brief church tour, Annunciation Mass with extended homily, reception/celebration with beverages and dessert (because it is a Solemnity!).
Fr. Athanasius Fornwalt co-founded the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit in 2016. He graduated from the Catholic University of America and was ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ in 2017 for the diocese of Phoenix, AZ. Since his ordination, Fr. Athanasius has been assigned to the Archdiocese of Detroit where he has established the friar’s House of Studies which now resides at Saint Mary of Redford. He uses a unique blend of the beauty of the Traditional Latin Mass and operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit in his ministry.
Kelly Ponce has been married to her husband, Dr. Ariel Ponce, for 15 years, and together they have seven children. As a stay-at-home wife and mother, Kelly’s life work consists of loving her children and raising them in the Catholic Faith, a vocation that is powered by grace and caffeine. She studied Sacred and Moral Theology at Ave Maria College. Kelly has been serving the Archdiocese of Detroit for the last 12 years in a variety of ministries; LifeTeen, Marriage Preparation, Unleash the Gospel, Women’s Ministry, Parish Renewal, Adoration with the Saints, and Music Ministries.