When the grammar school principal was looking for me, Sister Seraphim, my second grade teacher, replied, “Just look for a group of students. Wherever two or three are gathered, Albert is preaching in their midst.” I must have been a tad bit precocious.
My priestly ministry is primarily centered on the ministry of the Word. At least twice a month, I am packing my bags and going somewhere to preach a parish mission, a retreat, or present a one-day spirituality workshop. It has taken me awhile but I have finally made my peace with driving to the airport and flying (I am the only Catholic priest in the US who has reached “1K” status on United Airlines!) — but living out of a suitcase and sleeping in different beds are still a challenge. Every church seems to have a different interpretation of what a “guest room suite” is.
My approach to parish missions is a no-brainer: I preach all the weekend liturgies to introduce the theme of the parish mission. I preach a three-night parish mission geared exclusively to adults. Each evening is centered around a Liturgy of the Word and a 45-minute homily. The service lasts exactly one hour.
I also preach retreats and give workshops to priests, permanent deacons, cloistered nuns and religious sisters. I also give days of recollection to various groups or parishes.
If you are interested in a parish mission, retreat, or one-day spirituality workshop, I suggest you visit my calendar and contact churches where I have already preached. They can give you the best evaluation of my preaching style and content. If you like what you hear, drop me an email and I can get you on my calendar. With the rare exception, I am typically booked a year and a half in advance.