Happy Easter! Here at the Foundation we are wrapping up our busy Lenten season and are enjoying the spurts of good weather in Erie. We are excited because a lot of awesome things are happening this Spring!
First off, The Hope House Retreat Center had a busy March and things aren't slowing down in April. We are hosting Life in the Spirit on Thursday evenings this month. We also just booked a First Eucharist retreat for the third graders at St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Union City, Pa. We are thrilled to announce plans are underway for the second floor bedrooms and bathrooms! We are looking forward to being able to offer overnight retreats in the near future. As for the website, we are filming our virtual tour this Monday. After that it's one last look over and we will be ready to launch! Remember you can find us on Facebook for the time being.
Speaking of Facebook, if you haven't started following Fr. Larry on the social media site here's your chance. It's a great opportunity to stay up to date on where Fr. Larry will be speaking, as well as getting his daily Bible quotes and pictures.
Fr. Larry's schedule this month has him traveling to Fort Myers, Florida for a Faith & Ale Men's Apostolate Conference on April 7th. Following that he will be Cleveland, Ohio for the Men's Conference on the 9th. He will be traveling to Washington DC for a talk on April 12th. On April 23rd he will be at the OneFaith Experience in St. Louis, Missouri. It will truly be an experience of a lifetime with six internally known Catholic speakers and a concert with Matt Maher and The Thirsting! Finally on April 29th he will be in Louisville, Kentucky for a speaking engagement. For more information on these events or any other ones please check out our website at www.thereasonforourhope.org. As always we ask for prayers for these events and for Fr. Larry's traveling.
Fr. Larry hosts EWTN's Open Line every Thursday on EWTN Satellite Radio from 3-4 pm EST. You can head to the link here for more information. To hear past radio shows you can find them on our website or on EWTN's website.
We also ask for prayers of thanksgiving for Fr. Larry's 27th Anniversary of Priesthood coming up on April 21!
Last month we held our 22:32 Men's Conference which was attended by almost 600 men. The day was blessed with three amazing speakers, Deacon Ralph Poyo, Matt Birk, and Tim Staples. The men who attended left with a better understanding of God's grace and how to apply it to their everyday life. For more information on the 22:32 movement check out their website at www.2232men.com. We also have a women's group called the 1:38 Women. Our conference is coming up on October 1, 2016. Check out their website at www.138women.com where we will be making a major announcement by the middle of this month regarding our speakers!
We hope you have a blessed Divine Mercy Sunday this weekend! For those in the Erie area St. Joseph/ Bread of Life is hosting a special celebration with the chaplet, adoration, and confession beginning at 3 pm. There is also a Divine Mercy Encounter weekend this month April 15-17. For more information on this retreat check out http://divinemercyencounter.com.
As always we ask for your prayers and know that you're in ours.
-Caitlin Ryan, Marketing/Operations Coordinator for The Reason for Our Hope Foundation