BOSTON — On four consecutive Tuesdays in Lent, from Feb. 12 to March 4,Barry Langley, OFM, and Dr. Jackie Stewart, director of Evangelization at St. Anthony Shrine here, presented “A Lenten Journey for Boston Waterfront Residents.”
The program was developed in response to a request for a special Lenten program from Bette and Bill Hoskins, longtime Shrine supporters. More than 14 residents of Harbor Towers, Commercial Wharf, and Lewis Wharf enjoyed the series of meetings, held in the Hoskins’ 20th floor apartment overlooking Boston Harbor.
Each session included a presentation on the upcoming Sunday Gospel by Barry or Dr. Stewart. Short video segments from Fr. Michael Himes’ “Lenten Journey” DVD collection followed. Each evening ended with wine, cheese, and lively discussions of diverse topics prompted by the presentations.
“It certainly was a wonderful group of people to work with,“ said Barry. “Everyone seemed extremely interested and invested. It was a great experience for me,” he said. “I was impressed by all of the questions and comments,” said Dr. Stewart. “I’m glad we did it.”
“The topics and discussions were thought-provoking and interesting,” said Charley Monaghan. “We continued the discussions for hours at home after the sessions,” he said. “What a wonderful thing for the Shrine to do,” said Margaret Shea. “I heard some points of view that I had never heard before. It really made me think.”
“I’m really sorry to see it end,” said Steve Elliot. “I really enjoyed the discussions and getting to know my neighbors.”
“The Lenten Journey” program is part of St. Anthony Shrine’s continuing effort to build community among various Boston neighborhoods. Additional programs, including spirituality book clubs, Advent programs, and home Masses are being planned.
— Diane Monaghan is Director of Development for St. Anthony Shrine.