Winter Spirituality

January 30, 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 asks you to 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


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 is a member of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), born and raised in Togo, West Africa, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Sciences of Education. Upon his arrival in the United States in 2013, he spent a year at Divine Word College at Epworth, Iowa, moving to Techny, Illinois for his novitiate. Deacon Akizou is currently enrolled in a dual degree program at Catholic Theological Union: MDiv and Research MA in Theology with a concentration in Interreligious Dialogue during which he spent two years in Brazil for his Overseas Training Experience as part of the Divine Word Missionaries formation program. He professed his final vows as a SVD in September 2020 and was ordained deacon on October 4, 2020. Deacon Akizou is currently assigned to the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii for his diaconate ministry within the limits of the COVID-19 19 restrictions.

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.   A separate email will be sent with the Zoom Invitation Link the day prior to the program.

For Questions or Information, contact Cathy Lentz, at 312.421.3757, ext. 303.

Thank you.