Winter Spirituality

February 27, 2021 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, Chicago is conducting its Winter Spirituality Series and Lenten Day of Reflection  – One God, Many Faces: Racial Justice in Catholic Spirituality, as an online program.  Please join us for one, two or all three programs. They will be conducted via zoom. The dates, subject and presenters are listed below.

January 30 – Deacon Jay Woods, 1:30 to 3:00 PM  Topic: “Come Holy Spirit! Help us to listen, unite, heal and make new.”  For the January 30th program, Deacon Jay Woods asks you to review an article by Bryan N. Massingale,  “The assumptions of white privilege and what we can do about it.”  Please click here to read the article.

February 27 – Deacon Akizou Kamina, 1:30 to 3:00 PM  Topic: “Neighbors Without Borders: Building Relationships for Social Justice.”    For the February 27th program, Deacon Akizou Kamina that you review Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Fratelli Tutti’, Chapter 2 – ‘A Stranger on the Road.”   Please click here to read the encyclical (you will be redirected to the Vatican’s site).

March 20 – Lenten Day of Reflection (Jay Woods and Akizou Kamina), 1:30 to 3:30 PM  Topic: “Faith and Praxis: Living Out Our Baptismal Call to Social Justice.”


Deacon Jay is a Franciscan friar with Holy Name Province and is in his final semester at Catholic Theological Union; and is gratefully anticipating his ordination to the priesthood in June.  One of Deacon Jay’s ministries during his time in Chicago was as a chaplain at Cook County Jail where he was blessed to share his own recovery and 12 Step Spirituality with men in the drug offense and drug rehabilitation division.  In addition to criminal justice, Deacon Jay’s ministry and expertise lie in racial, housing, economic, and ecological justice.


Deacon Akizou Gerard Kamina professed his final vows as a member of the Society of the Divine Word in September 2020 and was ordained deacon in October. Born and raised in Togo, West Africa, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Sciences of Education, he is currently enrolled in a dual degree program at Catholic Theological Union: MDiv and Research MA in Theology with a concentration in Interreligious Dialogue. He spent two years in Brazil for his Overseas Training Experience and is now assigned to The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii for his diaconate ministry within the limits of the COVID-19 restrictions.

FINAL CALL Registration closes Friday, February 26 at 1:30 p.m for the February 27 session.

To register, please click here, and you will be taken to Event Brite to complete your registration.  Please register for one, two or all three programs. You will receive the Zoom Invitation Link Saturday morning.

If you would like to make a freewill offering, please click here.

For Questions or Information, contact Cathy Lentz, at 312.421.3757.

Thank you.