Now is the time for mercy:
Greatest Story Ever Told!
October 17, 2020 - 8am-4pm
St. Therese Catholic Church
885 1st Monday Lane, Canton, Texas 75103
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General Admission - $35
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This Fall, on October 17th at St. Therese Catholic Church in Canton, TX (Diocese of Tyler), Fullness of Truth presents “Now is the Time For Mercy: The Second Greatest Story Ever Told!” exploring why, more than ever, Christians everywhere should understand and embrace the inestimable gift of Almighty God’s Divine Mercy! Join us and learn from the eloquent and inspiring words of Bishop of Tyler, Joseph Strickland, the profound insights of renown author and presenter Susan Conroy, and the contagiously-dynamic theologian Dr. Luke Arredondo, as they convincingly explain why there is no spiritual movement more urgently needed in this Age.
Divine Mercy certainly is “The Second Greatest Story Ever Told”. The riveting chapters of this Story include the rise and tyranny of Fascism and Communism, the dramatic history of Poland, and then the collapse of the Soviet Union and Communism in Europe, while the transformative message of St. Faustina, the witness of St. Maximilian Kolbe, and the world-changing papacy of St. John Paul II weave together a single tapestry of wonder, beauty, and some of history’s great mysteries of faith. The ultimate spiritual triumph brought about in the intertwined lives of these three prominent witnesses, three small people who grew up in poverty who then became the great saints behind Divine Mercy, personally embody the effects of the Divine Mercy masterpiece highlighted by the miraculous appearance of Mary at Fatima, the near assassination of Pope John Paul II, and the suppression of the Divine Mercy movement.
Therefore, Divine Mercy is not just another worthy “private devotion”; it is the key devotion, the umbrella devotion over everything else. Every other devotion in the Church, every ritual, every activity, every teaching is under that umbrella of Divine Mercy. Everything in our lives can become more meaningful, more powerful, more life-changing once we really embrace the gift of Divine Mercy — the overflow of love from the Holy Trinity.
Everyone faces trials in this life. Even when we weary of this journey, even when Jesus is shrouded within our doubt, we keep before us that great Divine Mercy image, and place ourselves in the light of His mercy. This trust, this added focus with which we live our trials in the light of Divine Mercy is a force to be reckoned with. We are truly part of a much greater Story, one that is far reaching and eclipses our mere selves. This same Story is knocking on your door right now. If you have ever struggled with finding meaning and purpose in suffering or loss, and a sense of peace in the Presence of God in the threads that weave their way through our lives in this troubled world, then spend some time with the Story of Divine Mercy. Don’t miss, this October 17th, “Now is the Time For Mercy: The Second Greatest Story Ever Told!”
Bishop Joseph E. Strickland
fourth Bishop of Tyler, TX / www.BishopStrickland.com
Bishop Strickland was born the sixth child of Raymond and Monica Strickland on October 31, 1958. He grew up in Atlanta, Texas. The Strickland’s were founding members of St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Atlanta, Texas where he assisted as an altar server. He entered first grade in Atlanta public schools in 1965 and graduated from Atlanta High School in May of 1977.
He entered Holy Trinity Seminary and the University of Dallas; studying for the Diocese of Dallas in August of 1977, and earned a Bachelor of Philosophy in May of 1981. He continued his education at Holy Trinity and the University of Dallas and was ordained to the Diaconate by then Bishop Michael Sheehan at Holy Trinity Seminary on December 8, 1984.
He earned a Master of Divinity Degree in May of 1985 and was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Dallas by Bishop Thomas Tschoepe at St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas on June 1, 1985.
He was assigned as a newly-ordained priest to Immaculate Conception Parish in Tyler, Texas in June of 1985 and served as Parochial Vicar until June of 1989. Upon the erection of the Diocese of Tyler on February 24, 1987, he then joined the presbyterate of the new diocese and was named the first vocation director for the diocese in March of 1987 by Bishop Charles Herzig. He was assigned as Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish in Nacogdoches, Texas in June of 1989 and served there until October of that same year when he was assigned as pastor of St. Michael Parish in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. He served as pastor of St. Michael's until August of 1992 when he was assigned to canonical studies at the Catholic University of America by Bishop Edmond Carmody.
Strickland completed his canonical studies with a Licentiate in Canon Law in May of 1994 and was assigned by Bishop Edmond Carmody as rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler, Texas in June of that same year. He was appointed Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Tyler in May of 1995 and named a Prelate of Honor with the title Monsignor by His Holiness Pope John Paul II in February of 1996.
He was elected Administrator of the Diocese of Tyler in March of 2000 when Bishop Carmody departed for Corpus Christi and served in that capacity until January of 2001 when Bishop Álvaro Corrada, SJ, was installed as the third bishop of the Diocese of Tyler. He continued to serve as rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Judicial Vicar of the diocese until February 1, 2010, when Bishop Corrada named him Vicar General. He served in that capacity until September of 2011 when Bishop Corrada was installed as the second Bishop of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Tyler sede vacante. At that time, Bishop Corrada appointed him as Delegate of the Apostolic Administrator.
On September 29, 2012, it was announced that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI had chosen Strickland as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Tyler. He was ordained to the episcopacy on November 28, 2012, by His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston with Bishop Álvaro Corrada, SJ of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of Santa Fe assisting as co-consecrators.
AUthor / Speaker / EWTN Personality
Susan Conroy made her first trip to Calcutta to work with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in 1986. In 1987, at the request of Mother Teresa herself, Susan stayed in the Order's convent in the South Bronx, New York, in contemplation of the religious life. During that visit, a time she calls "the most profoundly meaningful experience of my life, " Susan came to know Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, "the greatest saint of modern times," who has had as great an impact on Susan's life as has Mother Teresa. Susan did not enter the Order, but in 1991, during Lent, she once again returned to Calcutta to work with the Sisters among the dying destitutes. She and Mother Teresa kept in touch until Mother's death in 1997. Before being called Home to God, Mother Teresa gave Susan permission to write a book about her experiences. Mother Teresa's Lessons of Love and Secrets of Sanctity is Susan's first book, followed by Praying In The Presence Of Our Lord With Mother Teresa (an updated version of which is due out soon).
Today, Susan travels around the country giving presentations on her experiences with Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Susan also translates books from French into English. Each book translation relates to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, including The Power of Confidence by Father Conrad DeMeester, The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life by Father Charles Arminjon, and The Plays of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Susan has made numerous personal and television appearances for local as well as worldwide audiences. On EWTN's global television network, she hosted a 13-part mini-series of shows called "Speaking of Saints" as well as a brand new mini-series called "Coming to Christ" which started airing on EWTN in June 2014. Susan published a new book from Our Sunday Visitor which served as a "companion" to the mini-series, sharing the title: "Coming to Christ: Resting in His Love." Just in time for Christmas 2014 Susan published her 9th book - the nearest and dearest to her heart - about her own beloved mother. Like her website, it is titled: "A Legacy of Love" and contains personal reflections upon her kind, loving and gentle mother. It has already been referred to as her magnum opus, the greatest of her works, the fruit of an 8-1/2 year labor of love.
Luke Arredondo, Ph.D.
AUthor / Theologian
Luke Arredondo is the Director of Faith Formation for the St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization in the Diocese of Tyler, TX. Prior to joining the Institute, he worked in parish ministry in the Archdiocese of New Orleans at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner, LA. He earned his PhD in Religious Studies at Florida State University and his M.A. in Theological Studies at Notre Dame Seminary, where he studied under Brant Pitre. Luke is the co-author, with Stephen Bullivant, of O My Jesus: The Meaning of the Fatima Prayer (Paulist, 2017) and writes for the National Catholic Register and Aletia. His most important work, though, is as a husband to his wife, Elena, and as a father to their five children.