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Father Carney to speak in West Bend July 9

By RENEE WEBB
rwebb@catholicglobe.org

WEST BEND – The Shrine of the Grotto of Redemption recently announced details of the next offering in its Grotto Speaker Series set for July to feature Father Lawrence Carney, known as “the walking priest.”

According to Andy Milam, marketing and PR coordinator for the Grotto Shrine, the talk will be held at 7 p.m. on July 9 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church located adjacent to the shrine. The Grotto Speaker Series is offered by the shrine in collaboration with the Office of Evangelization and Discipleship for the Diocese of Sioux City.

Father Carney of St. Joseph, Mo., noted Milam, is referred to as the walking priest as he engages in his own form of street evangelization by walking the streets in a cassock and saturno (clergy hat) with a rosary in one hand and a large crucifix in the other.

“It is his method of being a visible presence of the church in his local community, and many from all walks of life are drawn to speak with him,” the marketing coordinator explained. “He’s been involved in street evangelization for several years, getting the idea after making the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage through Spain in cassock, as a young priest.”

Father Carney’s day job is working as a chaplain for the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Gower, Mo., where he celebrates daily Mass, hears confessions and offers spiritual direction. Once his duties are complete, he takes to the streets to spread the Gospel. As he walks the streets to evangelize, some refer to it as father’s rosary walks.

“Father Carney is engaging and evangelical in a way which is unique and effective,” Milam said. “He embodies the new evangelization called for in Vatican Council II and promoted by Popes St. John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.”

It was Father Carney’s intriguing mission that inspired Milam to bring the priest to Iowa. Plus, he knows that priest personally as they have a mutual priest friend, Father Joseph Totton of the Diocese of Kansas City, Mo.

The event is open to everyone and Milam would love to see Catholics and non-Catholics alike come to hear Father Carney speak.

The priest is author of the book titled “Walking the Road to God,” published by Caritas Press. His book will be available for purchase at the talk in West Bend.

There is no cost to attend the talk and no need to sign up. A freewill donation will be taken up to offset some of the costs of the event with half going to Father Carney and half remaining with the Grotto Shrine.

 

By RENEE WEBB
rwebb@catholicglobe.org

WEST BEND – The Shrine of the Grotto of Redemption recently announced details of the next offering in its Grotto Speaker Series set for July to feature Father Lawrence Carney, known as “the walking priest.”

According to Andy Milam, marketing and PR coordinator for the Grotto Shrine, the talk will be held at 7 p.m. on July 9 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church located adjacent to the shrine. The Grotto Speaker Series is offered by the shrine in collaboration with the Office of Evangelization and Discipleship for the Diocese of Sioux City.

Father Carney of St. Joseph, Mo., noted Milam, is referred to as the walking priest as he engages in his own form of street evangelization by walking the streets in a cassock and saturno (clergy hat) with a rosary in one hand and a large crucifix in the other.

“It is his method of being a visible presence of the church in his local community, and many from all walks of life are drawn to speak with him,” the marketing coordinator explained. “He’s been involved in street evangelization for several years, getting the idea after making the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage through Spain in cassock, as a young priest.”

Father Carney’s day job is working as a chaplain for the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Gower, Mo., where he celebrates daily Mass, hears confessions and offers spiritual direction. Once his duties are complete, he takes to the streets to spread the Gospel. As he walks the streets to evangelize, some refer to it as father’s rosary walks.

“Father Carney is engaging and evangelical in a way which is unique and effective,” Milam said. “He embodies the new evangelization called for in Vatican Council II and promoted by Popes St. John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.”

It was Father Carney’s intriguing mission that inspired Milam to bring the priest to Iowa. Plus, he knows that priest personally as they have a mutual priest friend, Father Joseph Totton of the Diocese of Kansas City, Mo.

The event is open to everyone and Milam would love to see Catholics and non-Catholics alike come to hear Father Carney speak.

The priest is author of the book titled “Walking the Road to God,” published by Caritas Press. His book will be available for purchase at the talk in West Bend.

There is no cost to attend the talk and no need to sign up. A freewill donation will be taken up to offset some of the costs of the event with half going to Father Carney and half remaining with the Grotto Shrine.

 

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