"Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope." 1Peter 3.
In January, 27 members and prospective members from the Chicago and Milwaukee regions considered these words as the Rev. Richard Fragomeni, rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, led retreatants in the 23rd Annual Day of Recollection in Chicago.
A blustery winter day set the backdrop for warm fellowship, stimulating talks and discussions, and time for prayer and Confession, all culminating in the celebration of Mass in the historic shrine. During Father Fragomeni's explanation of the new Order of Christian Initiation of Adults, retreatants were challenged to be able to explain the reason for their hope as Catholics and given opportunities to reflect on what God is calling them to be as members of the Order.
Members of the Chicago Region will celebrate Father Fragomeni becoming a new associate chaplain of the Order during Investiture Weekend in September in Washington, DC.