Reformers Series Begins
September 24, 2017 –
This fall, the world will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the official beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther, a Catholic priest, nailed his “95 Theses”, which was a list of issues, questions and/or propositions that he wanted to debate with Church authorities, to the door of the Wittenburg Castle Church in Germany. October 31, 1517 is regarded as the anniversary of this action, thus beginning in earnest the Protestant Reformation (although some issues and debates had already been occurring.)
As many around the world celebrate this anniversary, there is another story to be told—that of the Catholic Church’s Counter-Reformation: attempts by those in the Church to address the very real issues affecting the Church at that time- without leaving the Church and beginning a new sect. Beginning Sunday, September 24, Our Lady of Fatima will host an 8 part series on the Reformation. We will view and discuss the Augustine Institute’s six-episode series which explores the lives of several saints instrumental in the Counter-Reformation: Saints Ignatius of Loyola, Thomas More, Francis de Sales, Philip Neri, Charles Borromeo, and Teresa of Avila. On two Sundays, we will have a potluck and special talk by Fr. Tim. On October 8, Fr. Tim will speak about the Battle of Lepanto (celebrated the day before with the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary), where Our Lady delivered a naval victory specifically because of the praying of the Rosary. This battle was during the earlier days of the Reformation, and so it has special significance to our topic. On October 29—two days before the official anniversary of the beginnings of the Reformation- Fr. Tim will speak give a talk on the Reformation in general—why it started, what the issues were, and much more.
Dr. Christopher Blum of the Augustine Institute will host the DVD sessions. Following is a schedule of topics, dates and times. All sessions will be held in Fr. Dunne Hall. Please call the parish office (764-2088) or email Betsy Koval at firstname.lastname@example.org to register, so that we can order enough materials before the first session.
September 24: 6:30-8:30 Saint Thomas More and the Age of the Author October 1: 6:30-8:30 Saint Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier for Christ
October 8: 5:30-8:30 Potluck and talk by Fr. Tim on the Battle of Lepanto October 15: 6:30-8:30 Saint Philip Neri, the Apostle of Joy October 22: 6:30-8:30 Saint Charles Borromeo, the Good Shepherd
October 29: 5:30-8:30 Potluck and talk by Fr. Tim on the significance and main events of the Refomation
November 5: 6:30-8:30 : Saint Teresa of Àvila, a Study in Perseverance November 12: 6:30-8:30: Saint Francis de Sales: Pastor of Souls