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ST. RITA LENT SERIES 2014

Staten Island, New York

MARCH 7 - DOING BUSINESS: A DOG-EAT-DOG WORLD?

A common business cliché is that success is everything, and other concerns should not get in the way of cold business logic. ANDREAS WIDMER is living proof that being a successful businessman does not require cutting off our humanity. Our desire to meet with others and work with them and our need to build something beautiful are necessary to practice entrepreneurship happily and successfully. Mr. Widmer learned to be an entrepreneur by being, first of all, a human being, and his faith has played an important role in this process.

ANDREAS WIDMER is the Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at the Catholic University of America, and author of The Pope & The CEO: Pope John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard


MARCH 14 - THE LORD GAVE TO ME: FRANCIS OF ASSISI’S LIFE STORY IN 5 MONOLOGUES

Francis of Assisi tells his own story in this one-man play. At the end of his life, the saintly friar feels an urgency to recount the interventions of the Lord in his life while there is still time. The Francis of this dramatic portrayal will surprise. The monologues are written by FR. SOLANUS BENFATTI, CFR and performed by KEVIN COLLINS. The monologues are:

1. The Beginning, 2. The Lord Gave me Faith, 3. The Brothers, 4. La Verna, 5. Sister Death

FR. SOLANUS M. BENFATTI, C.F.R. is a member of the Franciscans of the Renewal and teaches spirituality and Franciscan traditions of theology at St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie. He is the author of the well-received scholarly work, The Five Wounds of Saint Francis: An Historical and Spiritual Investigation. KEVIN COLLINS is a stage and screen actor based in New York City. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and the Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique, London.


MARCH 21 - POETRY: THE IMAGE AND THE INFINITE

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes a few words can express a beautiful picture with infinite horizons. Award winning poet RITA A. SIMMONDS will recite poems from her recent book, Souls and the City, as well as other recent works, in an attempt to help the listener experience the beauty of what is seen in everyday life. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

RITA A. SIMMONDS has been awarded numerous Catholic Press Association awards, including Best Original Poetry (2011, 2010, 2004). Fourteen of her poems were featured in the bestselling MAGNIFICAT Year of Faith Companion, and in 2013, she published her first book of poems, Souls and the City. Her poetry has been presented at Fordham University as well as St Malachy’s, the “Actor’s Chapel” in Manhattan.


MARCH 28 - THE WORK OF THE PARISH, THE AMPLIFICATION OF HUMANITY

FR. ANDREW O’CONNOR has created a clothing company called “Goods of Conscience” which preserves the fading art of back-strap weaving and, more importantly, employs weavers in Guatemala and sewers in the Bronx. The manufacturing process involves the workers in a way that respects their dignity and amplifies their humanity. His initiative has flourished into other parish benefices; i.e. a medieval concept of a parish-based enterprise which brings parishioners together in work and creates income to benefit the parish community.

FR. ANDREW O’CONNOR is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York who currently leads St. Mary’s Parish on Grand Street in Manhattan. As well as founding "Goods of Conscience,” he is also the founder of “Sacred Art Heals” which promotes the role of the arts in the Church.


APRIL 4 - A PIANO CONCERT AND LECTURE BY VIVIAN CHOI

Pianist VIVIAN CHOI will present a Classical solo piano recital with works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Liszt and Olivier Messiaen. Ms. Choi will not only perform, but also examine the inspiration behind the compositions and reflect on the lives of these great composers whose devout faith provided the motivation for their creative output.

VIVIAN CHOI is a concert pianist and the recipient of top prizes in international piano competitions. She has performed in Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia and the U.S.


APRIL 11 - A LENTEN CHORAL MEDITATION

THE CHOIR OF COMMUNION AND LIBERATION, directed by CHRISTOPHER VATH, is composed of high school and university students and adults. Their repertoire extends from Gregorian chant to the 20th century. The choir performs throughout the New York area and was chosen to sing for Pope Benedict XVI at St. Joseph’s Seminary in 2008. They sing each year for The Way of the Cross over the Brooklyn Bridge on Good Friday.


All events are free and open to the public. Donations are accepted.

Light refreshments to follow.

About this Series

Dates: Fridays of Lent, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: St. Rita Catholic Church
281 Bradley Avenue
Staten Island, NY, 10314
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