Monday in the Park with God: Michigan Town Offers Confessions in a Public Park

The Deacon's Bench | 6/26/2019 | Staff
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The sun was peeking through the clouds, the birds were chirping, and confessions were being heard at St. Mary’s Park in Monroe on a warm Monday night in June.

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Approximately 40 Monroe County residents received the sacrament of reconciliation or enjoyed meaningful conversations over two hours during the Monroe Vicariate’s “Priests in the Park” event, sponsored by the vicariate’s Evangelization and Catechesis Committee.

From beginning to end, the four priests involved — Fr. David Burgard, pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Monroe; Fr. Giancarlo Ghezzi, PIME, associate pastor of St. Mary; Fr. Bob Singelyn, a priest in residence at St. Mary; and Fr. Jim Rafferty, pastor of St. Mary, Our Lady of the Annunciation in Rockwood — were completely occupied during their hour time slots, listening to confessions, providing practical spiritual guidance and offering absolution from sins.

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It was the second such event for the Monroe...
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