Part 1: Matriarchs of the Family
St. Francis Retreat House —— 7:00 PM Thursdays —— September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21.
— COVID VACCINATION REQUIRED —
The stories of Sarah, Hagar, and Lot’s wife may be familiar. What about Keturah, Bilhah, and Potiphar’s wife? Who were they? What do you know about them? This fall Brother Loren will offer a course titled Matriarchs of the Family, a look at all the women of Genesis 12-50.
The course is open to men and women who want to deepen their appreciation of the role of woman in the story of salvation. Participants will need a Bible and should be prepared to reflect on relevant passages ahead of time. The class will meet once a week for five 90-minute sessions. There is no fee. Free will offerings are accepted.
“Wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.” Mark 14:9
If this fall’s course proves worthwhile, future daytime offerings might look at (a) heroes and victims of liberation; (b) prophets, royalty, and their associates; (c) heroines of fiction and propaganda; (d) relatives, companions, and other contemporaries of Jesus; (e) early Christians and their contemporaries; and (f) the feminine in biblical myth, poetry, parable, and discourse.
“Wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”Mark 14:9
Loren Connell, OFM, is a Franciscan friar and Catholic priest who has ministered in schools, hospitals, and parishes in Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, and Michigan. Loren has a passion for sharing his love for Scripture with others. He lives and ministers in retirement at St. Francis Retreat House.