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St. James Basilica begins parish mission

St. James Basilica’s parish mission presentations will be next week, with the theme of “Renewed Hearts in a Renewed Church – Celebrating 50 Years of Vatican II’s Call to Stewardship.”

The speakers for this year’s mission are Timothy Mullner and Sister Kathleen Atkinson. Mullner is  the director of program development at Faith Journeys, serving all U.S. parishes with spiritual formation through pilgrimage travel.

His focus includes lifelong faith catechesis for adults and workshops on the Second Vatican Council.

Mullner holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies/youth ministry, a Master of Ministry degree in spirituality and a Doctor of Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation. His doctoral residencies included the Centro Pro Unione, Rome and Oxford University, Christ Church College, U.K.

Mullner is the author of numerous articles on catechesis, youth ministry and spirituality. He is a contributing author to “Continuing the Journey: Celebrating 40 Years of Vatican II,” and his recent work, “A Spiritual Guide for the Unemployed,” was published by Liguori Press in 2011.

Atkinson is a member of the Sisters of St. Benedict at Annunciation Mon-astery in Bismarck.

She is the author of two books on prayer: “God is Always There” and “Letting Go, Letting God.” She is also the founder of “Ministry on the Margins” in Bismarck, which ministers to people who are in transition, many from a time in prison.

The schedule of the mission follows:

* 7 p.m. Sunday, “A Renewed Church: What Really Happened at the Second Vatican Council?”

* 12:45 p.m. Monday, “Called & Gifted: Where is the Holy Spirit Leading You?”

* 7 p.m. Monday, “Renewed Hearts: Vatican II’s Invitation to Holiness!”

* 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, “Whatever Happened to Joy: Finding Hope in the Midst of Life’s Challenges”

* 7 p.m. Tuesday, “A Renewed Way of Living”

The parish mission will conclude with reflections on the witness of Pope Francis and stories of great stewards who brought renewed faith to the Church and those on the margins.