July 13, 2020
July 15, 2020
Summer Parish Mission 2020

Join us for our Summer Parish Mission July 13-15 featuring Todd Walatka, an associate teaching professor in Theology at the University of Notre Dame. During this three-night virtual event, Todd will lead a thoughtful discussion at 8 p.m. each evening followed by a Q&A session. Due to the fluid circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and social distancing, all three nights of our mission will be conducted via Zoom Meetings. All Zoom meeting access information, links and meeting IDs will be distributed via email.

Todd Walatka is an Associate Teaching Professor in Theology at the University of Notre Dame where he also directs the Masters of Divinity Program. At Notre Dame he regularly teaches courses on, among other topics, Vatican II, Christian Hope, Christianity and Politics, Theology and Spirituality, and Theological Pedagogy. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio before doing undergraduate studies at the University of Dayton and graduate studies at Notre Dame. He is married to his wife Lauren and has three grade-school aged kids. When he’s not teaching and reading theology, you’ll find him working in his vegetable garden, playing board games with the family, and coaching children in chess.

  • July 13 (Night 1): The Joy of Holiness: St. Catherine of Genoa
    • What does God want from us? What do we want from God? We’ll look together at St. Catherine of Genoa’s powerful and provocative account of purgatory as a way of re-orienting our lives towards a life of holiness.
    • Accompanying Handout (click to download)
  • July 14 (Night 2): The Fullness of Life: St. Augustine of Hippo
    • What do we mean when we say we hope for “heaven?” What is the final goal for which Christians hope, and why is it important that we try to describe it? St. Augustine will guide us to expand our theological imaginations to reconsider who we are and what the fullness of human life entails.
    • Accompanying Handout (click to download)
  • July 15 (Night 3): Seeking the Kingdom Now: St. Oscar Romero
    • How should our hope for final and complete salvation shape our lives here and now? How can we participate in God’s work of salvation? We’ll reflect together upon the powerful life and witness of St. Oscar Romero in order to see how authentic Christian hope can orient us as disciples of Jesus here and now.
    • Accompanying Handout (click to download)