Lenten Retreat Series on Five Mondays in Lent at Different Parishes

Father John Trigilio – a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg, an author and a TV and radio host – will be featured speaker for a Lenten Retreat Series on the “Mystery of the Eucharist” this Lent.

The series will be offered in different parishes throughout the Diocese of Allentown during Lent, every Monday from Feb. 19 through March 18.

Each week will feature a different topic and speaker, along with Adoration, Confession, and refreshments. The evenings will begin with Adoration at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 7:30 p.m. and refreshments at 8 p.m.

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The other four speakers will be staff of the Diocese. The complete list of dates (all Mondays), locations, topics, and speakers is as follows:

Feb. 19, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Roseto, “Healing" by Maggie Riggins, Executive Director of Evangelization and Formation, in the Secretariat for Evangelization, Education, and Formation.

Feb. 26, St. Ambrose, Schuylkill Haven, “Presence” by Lillian Fallon, Digital Media Specialist in the Office of Communications.

March 4, St. Catharine of Siena, Reading, “Sacrifice” by Rob Johnson, Director of Campus and Young Adult Ministry.

March 11, SS. Peter and Paul, Lehighton, “Promise” by Kristin Osenbach, Director of Marriage and Family Life.

March 18, Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown, “Holy” by Father John Trigilio.

“The Lent Retreat is centered on the source and summit of our Catholic faith: The Eucharist,” said Riggins.

“The Office of Evangelization and Formation is delighted to offer this series to dive deeper into an understanding and love of Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist. Each session is different from the next, so you can attend every retreat and learn about a different aspect of Eucharistic theology and spirituality.”

Who is Father Trigilio?

Born and raised in Erie, Father Trigilio attended St. Mark High School Seminary and College Seminary and Gannon University. He earned a Doctorate (PhD) in medieval philosophy and a Doctor of Theology (ThD) in Biblical studies; is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars; and has been President of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy (national association of 600 priests and deacons) since 2002.

He was ordained in 1988 and has served in parish assignments in the Diocese of Harrisburg, on the Diocesan Tribunal, and as a Catholic hospital chaplain.

He was an adjunct spiritual director and formation advisor at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md. in 2013 and in 2018 was appointed Director of Seminary Pastoral Formation. Currently, he is a formation advisor/spiritual director/professor-instructor at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary.

He is the author of a number of books, including “Catholicism for Dummies,” “Catholic Mass for Dummies,” “John Paul II for Dummies,” “Women in the Bible for Dummies,” “Catholicism Answer Book,” and “Everything Bible Book.”

He is co-host of an ongoing weekly television series on EWTN, “Web of Faith 2.0,” and has hosted other television/radio series, including “Council of Faith: 16 Documents of Vatican II,” and “Crash Course in Catholicism.”


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