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Live Jesus event offers opportunity for reflection, fellowship, prayer

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The 17th annual Live Jesus event, a morning of reflection, fellowship and prayer based upon the spirituality of the “Gentleman Saint,” St. Francis de Sales, will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 8601 Wolftrap Rd. S.E., Vienna, March 21, at 8 a.m.

This event, hosted by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, is an opportunity in Lent to retreat from a fast-paced world and turn to quiet reflection with presentations and Mass. Salesian Spirituality helps believers develop a deeper relationship with God through Jesus by defining a lifestyle centered on the little virtues — gentleness, humility, patience, gratitude, perseverance and simplicity. 

The speakers are Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Father Brian Zumbrum, Brother Dan Wisniewski, and Sister Anne Elizabeth Eder, as well as Paula M. Riley. In Father Brian’s presentation, “Seeking Unity by Living Jesus,” he will share life changing experiences gained from his ministries at Nativity Prep and Salesianum High School in Wilmington. Using the lens of Salesian spirituality, he will explore ways to heal divisions through getting proximate with situations and people with whom we are not comfortable. 

The presentation, “Friendship, Foundation and Family” by Brother Dan, Sister Anne Elizabeth and Riley will address the benefits and challenges of friendships. Brother Dan will draw upon the teachings of St. Francis de Sales on friendship and share his experiences maintaining friendships while working with college students and living in community. Sister Anne Elizabeth will guide a reflection on the struggles of the founding of the Salesian tradition. She will explore how Oblate founders Blessed Louis Brisson and St. Leonie Aviat dealt with these challenges to build a vibrant community.

Riley will explore the conflicts and complexities in her roles as wife, mother, sister, friend, professional and volunteer. She will share how her faith and encounters with Salesian spirituality have guided her through life’s conflicts. 

Go to events.oblates.org/live-jesus/

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