Rev. Bill Cieslak
Rev. Bill Cieslak

Stevens Point area Catholic parishes will host a parish mission renewal Monday, Feb. 29, through, Wednesday, March 2. The renewal will be facilitated by well-known Capuchin Franciscan preacher, Rev. Bill Cieslak. The topic will be “Recalculating: Renewing Our Lives So That We Can Live Life More Abundantly.”

The Parish Mission Renewal program is an event designed to renew faith and strengthen convictions within a parish setting.

Five parishes will participate in the event, the Holy Spirit, St. Casimir, St. Joseph, St. Peter and St. Stephen. Cieslak will preach at the Feb. 27 and 28 weekend Masses.

The renewal event will be held at Pacelli Catholic High School, 1301 Maria Drive, Stevens Point, at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, through Wednesday, March 2. Each evening will include a presentation, prayer and music.

“God’s unrelenting love for us is ours no matter who we are and no matter where we’ve been. Being open to God’s love in our lives keeps us on track,” said Cieslak. “Unfortunately, we allow our lives to get complicated and that means God needs to compete for our love. This presentation will allow the opportunity to recalculate our lives so we get into alignment with God.”

Cieslak is a Capuchin priest and taught liturgy and sacraments at the Franciscan School of Theology (Graduate Theological Union) in Berkeley, Calif., for 25 years. He is the director of preaching and evangelization for the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, headquartered in Detroit, Mich.

The Capuchins are an international community of friars modeling themselves after St. Francis of Assisi. The brothers of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, headquartered in Detroit, serve in a variety of ministries including social service, schools, chaplaincy, a retreat house and parishes in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, Arizona, Nicaragua and Panama. Established in 1857, there are currently 174 members in the St. Joseph province.

There is no charge for the event, and it is open to the public. For more information, call 715-344-9117.