Tony Sperendi is a Lay Ecclesial Minister. He has worked at St. Francis Parish in Ann Arbor as the Director of Adult Faith Formation, taught theology at Fr. Gabriel Richard High School, and worked at St. Therese Parish as the director of RCIA and Adult Faith Formation. He has also served on the Diocesan Men’s Conference team, given marriage retreats, presented parish missions, Lenten and RCIA retreats and other talks and workshops.
"Mary: Blessed are you among women"
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 9:00am - 3:30pm
Mary… Wonder Woman or Mother of God?
Both. I think all women are types of wonder woman with their God given talents for love, nurture, brilliance, and strength beyond telling! But when God created Mary, he bestowed on her in a singular way the graces and gifts that would restore us to our heavenly Father through the birth of her Son Jesus. Not before or since Mary has God acted with another human being with such immeasurable power and grace! She is truly the Wonder Women of all history, the Mother of God and our Mother! And that is why the Church declares her Queen of Heaven and Earth.
Mary’s role in our lives goes back to the fall of Adam and Eve and our need of a Savior. She was the Woman prophesied in Genesis 3 whose seed - Jesus - would defeat the devil, sin, and death and restore us to God as his sons and daughters and open wide the gates of heaven for us! Mary’s yes to the angel Gabriel opened the way to the graces of God never seen before! And now Mary is our Mother too. But her role goes back even further in the great mystery of God - “before the foundation of the world” as Ephesians 1:4 tells us.
We will study and break open the Scriptures and the wisdom of the saints to see how important Mary is to us. And we will delve into Mary’s apparition at Fatima to see what she is saying to us today.
The day will include morning snacks and coffee, lunch, Mass, the rosary, along with presentations. The St. Francis Book & Gift Shop will be opened throughout the day. Please bring your Bible and your spiritual journal if you keep one.
The cost is $65 or $55 for seniors 60 and over. Tony Sperendi is your retreat director. We hope to see you on July 25th, the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua, who also had a great love for Mary our Blessed Mother.
“Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, pray for us.”