Holy Name of Jesus-St. Gregory the Great parish in Manhattan will hold its annual Lenten Vespers series on Tuesday nights during Lent in St. Mary of the Angels Chapel on 96th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway.
The dates are Feb. 20, 27, March 6, 13 and 20 with evening prayer at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Lenten supper and reflection on the overall theme at 7 p.m. The series theme is “St. Francis Calling! What does he say to us today?”
The reflection topics and speakers are:
Feb. 20—“Poverty and its connection with humility,” Father William Beaudin, O.F.M., parochial vicar and director of adult education of St. Francis of Assisi, Manhattan.
Feb. 27—“The Spirituality of St. Clare and other Franciscan women,” Diane Dragonetti, parishioner of Holy Name of Jesus-St. Gregory the Great.
March 6—“Franciscan collaboration: sharing the work, the worries and the wonder!” Katie B. Sullivan, executive director of Franciscan volunteer ministry, Holy Name Province.
March 13—“The Third Order Franciscans: spirituality for the laity,” Father Gene Pistacchio, O.F.M., spiritual director, Secular Franciscan Order, Holy Name Province.
March 20—“Why did Pope Francis take the name of Francis?” Father John Heffernan, O.F.M., who is in residence at Holy Name of Jesus-St. Gregory the Great.
A reconciliation service with the opportunity for individual confessions will follow the reflection March 20.