Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Evangelist for the 21st century
October 27 - 28
Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979) was the face of American Catholicism in the middle decades of the 20th century. During his six decades as a priest he taught in the classroom, preached over the radio and on television and authored dozens of books. In great demand as a public speaker, he crisscrossed the United States and traveled the globe proclaiming the Gospel. He was so well received everywhere he went that it was once speculated that he has more souls to his credit than anyone else.
Sheen's themes of faith, morals and patriotism had great appeal to those of his generation. His teachings also have much to say to us today, especially to those searching for meaning and purpose in a world that worships a host of gods (money, power, prestige, etc.) but not the true God.
After taking a brief look at Sheen's life, we will concentrate on selections from his writings on prayer, sacrifice, suffering and Marian devotion as well as his critique of the secular/materialist lifestyle. Following each session there will be an opportunity for private prayer and reflection.
Presenter: Melvin Arrington, a parishioner at Saint John the Evangelist, Oxford, and retired professor of Spanish; he has studied the writings of Bishop Sheen for more than 15 years.