By Celine Klosterman
CLINTON — Most of us could use a little boost in our spiritual journey — whether from a lightning bolt or the Spirit’s gentle breeze, Kathy DeMong says.
She hopes an upcoming renewal at Prince of Peace Parish in Clinton will provide that boost. Parishioners will kick off the new year by welcoming three Sisters from the Apostles of the Interior Life in Lawrence, Kan., and several University of Kansas students who’ve received formation from the Sisters. The Apostles of the Interior Life — who are dedicated to spiritual direction and evangelization — will meet individually and in large groups with Clinton-area Catholics over five days.
DeMong, chair of Prince of Peace’s evangelization committee, said a couple committee members were introduced to the Apostles at a Dubuque conference several years ago. The consecrated women played a role in the conversion of Patty Schneier, a Catholic inspirational speaker who travels nationwide, DeMong notes. The Prince of Peace parishioner hopes a story like Schneier’s might happen in Clinton, too.
The Sisters will be introduced at Masses Jan. 2-3 at Prince of Peace Church. On the evening of Sunday, Jan. 3, high school students will gather at 7 p.m. at the Pizza Ranch in Clinton with the Apostles and Kansas students.
From Jan. 4-6, a Sister will lead a short meditation after 8 a.m. Mass, then the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed. Eucharistic adoration will continue throughout the day.
People may join the women for their morning prayer, and then have opportunities to receive individual spiritual direction until lunchtime.
The team will return to Prince of Peace Church at 3 p.m. for an hour of adoration, and then offer individuals spiritual direction. Evening sessions will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. Each session will feature a different theme: Monday’s is “A call to holiness and prayer;” Tuesday’s is “A call to the Eucharist;” and Wednesday’s is “A call to conversion.” Target audience is Catholics in seventh grade or older. Freewill donations will be accepted.
University of Kansas students will visit a nursing home and homebound people, and may be available to talk with Clinton-area college students. The Kansas students and Sisters will visit Prince of Peace Schools the mornings of Jan. 5-6.
“We are coordinating and offering this renewal to our parish and interested area Catholics,” DeMong said. “The rest of the work we leave in the hands of the Holy Spirit.”