Fr. Greg Cleveland, O.M.V., Executive Director of the Lanteri Center, will direct a three-day Parish Mission at St. Vincent’s Monday, February 1 through Wednesday, February 17, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 6:30- 7:30 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Parish. The theme of the mission is God’s unlimited mercy. Topics of his talks include:
Monday, February 15 – His Mercy Endures Forever: Eternal Life
Tuesday, February 16 – My God Has Compassion: Mercy and Healing
Wednesday, February 17 – Penance Service: The Sacrament of Mercy
A benediction will follow Monday and Tuesday. Light refreshments will follow each session to allow for personal interaction with Fr. Greg. On Wednesday, several priests will join Fr. Greg to welcome all sinners to receive the mercy of God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The Parish Mission is a great opportunity to heed Pope Francis’s call for a “Year of Mercy,” and to help us in our own spiritual conversion, “a conversion that begins by receiving the loving gaze of the Lord’s compassion that is offered toward each one of us in prayer.”
Fr. Greg is a native of Chicago and the youngest of 11 children. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Business Administration. After college, he worked as a market manager for a Midwestern railroad. He followed God’s call to priesthood in 1987, joined the Oblates of the Virgin Mary [OMV] and attended Our Lady of Grace Seminary and St. John’s School of Theology in Boston. After completing an M.Div. in Theology and an M.A. in Spiritual Theology, he was ordained a priest in 1995. His first assignment was to St. Andrew’s parish in Avenel, New Jersey, where he worked especially with the poor, disabled and imprisoned. He obtained certification in spiritual direction from the Center for Spiritual Development in New York City, and returned to Boston to work seven years in seminary formation, as Rector and Novice Master. He is currently Executive Director of the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality in Denver, Colorado, where he offers spiritual direction and retreats, while teaching training programs in these ministries.