Day of Reflection in Williamsburg


By Barb Arland-Fye

WILLIAMSBURG — A Day of Reflection featuring “The Theologies of the Four Evangelists” with Micah Kiel will be offered Tuesday, Feb. 24, at St. Mary Parish Center in Williamsburg.

Kiel, who recently earned his doctorate, is an assistant professor of theology specializing in biblical studies at St. Ambrose University in Davenport.

A series of columns he wrote for The Catholic Messenger on the four Gospels caught the attention of IlaMae Hanisch, adult and family formation/lay ministry coordinator for the Diocese of Davenport. She thought the observations Kiel shared would be ideal for a day of reflection. Helping people to explore how they can integrate the Bible and Scriptures into their daily lives is the main objective of this year’s Day of Reflection, she added.

Kiel said he hopes participants “gain some awareness of and understanding of the four portraits of Jesus in the New Testament and how the four Gospels are different and why it makes a difference that we have four portraits of Jesus.”


The Day of Reflection is an annual event, striving to affirm what a person might already know while challenging that person to learn something new and to reflect on what it means in his or her life, Hanisch said.

“And what a great location (for the event). You have the four icons, which is original artwork.”

The day begins with registration at 8 a.m., welcome, prayer and Kiel from 9-11:30 a.m., lunch until 12:15 p.m., Kiel’s presentation from 12:15-2:30 p.m., meditation and prayer with icons from 2:30-3 p.m. and an artist who will be present for conversation after prayer.

Registration fee is $25 and is due Feb. 20. Make checks payable to the Diocese of Davenport. For information, contact Barb Butterworth at or call (563) 324-1912, ext. 265.

The Day of Reflection is sponsored by the Diocese of Davenport with Annual Diocesan Appeal funds.

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