Attend a Day of Reflection on Ash Wednesday that includes insightful contemplations, silence, and Mass with distribution of ashes. This gathering launches the 40 days of Lent that prepare us to celebrate Easter. Ashes are a sign of our own mortality and a cry to be redeemed from sin and death. And they point to a day of resurrection, where Christ himself responds to sin with forgiveness, and where in his own death Christ opens for us all the promise of life beyond death. Come share this day of reflection where together we look at the humble stance of one who takes ashes upon oneself. Then look at the journey of Lent itself, as it calls us to repent and find healing for our sinfulness. Finally, see the promise of companionship with Christ, which is the gift given us as we enter the waters of baptism and share with Jesus the promise of life everlasting.
Rev. Bill Noe, SJ, the youngest of eight brothers, is a native of Racine, Wisconsin. Before entering the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 2003, Fr. Bill lived in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area for several years, where he worked as an electrical engineer. Fr. Bill has enjoyed long associations with St. Anselm’s Abbey, a Benedictine monastery, and Bethlehem House, a community formed with people with intellectual disability—both in Washington D.C. During his formation, Fr. Bill was trained in catechesis, comparative theology, and interreligious dialogue. Fr. Bill began his ministry of spiritual direction at St. Ignatius Retreat House in Manhasset, New York in 2005 and has served as a spiritual director in New York, Chicago, Bolivia, and the United Kingdom. From 2015 to 2019, Fr. Bill served as Director of Ignatian Spirituality at Loyola on the Potomac, a Jesuit retreat house in Faulkner, Maryland. He has an M.A. in Pastoral Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University, and is pursuing licensing as a professional counselor in the State of Georgia.
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