HARTFORD, Conn. — For the fourth summer, Saint Patrick-Saint Anthony Church in Hartford is once again bringing spiritual educational programs to the downtown Hartford, Conn., community.
Its Lunchtime Summer Nourishment Series focuses on “Beatitudes: The Living Face of God,” and takes place July 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 12:30, following noon Mass.
The church, led by James Hynes, started the educational series in 2003 to meet the spiritual needs of people who work in downtown Hartford during their lunch hour, according to Patricia Curtis, pastoral associate.
“The response that first summer was tremendous,” according to Pat, “with approximately 75 people attending each week.” The idea was so well received that the church expanded the program to Lenten and Advent programs.
Speakers for the summer series include a cross-section of parishioners who share their ministerial experiences and how they’ve come to understand themselves and God through the beatitudes, according to Pat.
July 10 — Tom Sliney, vice president and portfolio manager, Trust Company of Connecticut, “Blessed are the poor in spirit…”
July 17 — Margaret and Madden Aleia, registered nurse with a fourth grade student, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness”
July 24 — Nicholas Pelletier, recently confirmed high school student, “Blessed are the meek…”
July 31 — Mary McClintock, graduate of the Servant Leadership School, “Blessed are the peacemakers…”
The 25-minute talks take place in the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry on Church Street. A light lunch is provided by the church’s hospitality ministry. A $5 offering is asked.