FALL RIVER — The annual Fall River Area Lenten Mission will take place at 7 p.m. from February 26 to March 1, with locations rotating among different parishes within the Fall River Deanery.
The Most Reverend Robert C. Evans, Auxiliary Bishop of Providence, will lead the Mission, preaching on its theme of “The Temptations of Christ in 2018.”
Each evening of the Mission will include Mass and the Mission talk, preceded by the availability of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) each evening at 6 p.m.
Locations for the Mission are as follows: Monday, Feb. 26, St. Bernadette Parish, 529 Eastern Ave., Fall River; Feb. 27, St. John of God Parish, 996 Brayton Ave., Somerset; Feb. 28, St. Bernard Parish, 32 South Main St., Assonet; and March 1, St. Anthony of the Desert Parish, 300 North Eastern Ave., Fall River.
Ordained a priest in 1973, Bishop Evans (in photo) has served in parish ministry, as a chaplain, and in diocesan administration. In addition, he was director of the Institute for Continuing Theological Education and a faculty member at the North American College in Rome for four years; and served as secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. for two years before returning to the Diocese of Providence in 2007, becoming a pastor and adjunct faculty member at the seminary of Our Lady of Providence. Pope Benedict XVI named him an Auxiliary Bishop in 2009.
Father Jay Maddock, who is Dean of the Fall River Deanery, extends an invitation to all to the Mission, attending all or as many sessions as one is able. He also encourages parishioners to help spread the word about the Lenten Mission to family members and friends.
“It’s a great way to fulfill your mission to bring the Good News of Christ to others,” he said.