2019 Parish Mission | Renewing Hope

Join us for a 3-part talk series that will transform your purpose and hope.

Dr. Gregory LaNave will share with you his thoughts and insights about our Christian purpose and hope!   Come to one or all three talks.

April 3   The Church as a People of Hope
April 4  What Has Replaced Hope in Our Lives?
April 5  Optimism and Christian Hope

When: 7:00 pm all 3 nights
Where: In the Church

About The Speaker

Dr. Gregory LaNave is Professor of Theology at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.  He began working at the House of Studies in 1996 as managing editor of The Thomist, an academic journal of philosophy and theology—a position he has held ever since.  After receiving his Ph.D. in Theology from Catholic University in 2001, he began to teach part-time at the House of Studies, and in 2006 was appointed as a full-time member of the faculty.  He also serves as director of “Mercy U.,” a program for lay studies in theology taught by professors from the Dominican House, and hosted by Our Lady of Mercy parish in Potomac, Maryland.

Greg is a specialist in medieval theology, especially the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Bonaventure.  He has published one book (Through Holiness to Wisdom: The Nature of Theology according to St. Bonaventure) and a number of scholarly articles.  He is currently working (rather slowly) on two books: one on the connection between theology and holiness, and the other on the Church.

Greg is a proud native of Minnesota, but moved to the DC area in 1991. He and his wife, Anna, have lived in northern Virginia since they were married 20 years ago, and in 2004 they moved to Burke, where they have raised their four children: Lucia, Dominic, Antonio, and Vincent.  Since 2012, Greg has been leading a men’s prayer group at Nativity—the “Men’s Prayer and Reflection Group,” which meets at the church every Saturday morning from 8:00 to 9:00.

When not engaged in theology, Greg’s passion for the past several years has been community theater.  Last summer he was thrilled to be on stage at Nativity with two of his children for a fabulous production of Seussical (he played the Grinch and Yertle the Turtle).  This March (right before the week of the parish mission) he will be starring, along with several other Nativity parishioners, in a production of Bye Bye Birdie put on by the Good Shepherd Players, in Burke.

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