Father Joseph Girzone, The New York Times best-selling author popular for his recent novel The Homeless Bishop and also for The Joshua Series, will present “A Portrait Of Jesus For Our Time” as part of the Maryknoll Speakers Series at the Maryknoll Mission Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, on Sunday, September 16, at 2:30 p.m.
What did ordinary people see when Jesus came walking down their street? What inspired them to draw close to him? What made religious and political leaders suspicious of him?
These questions and many others will be explored by Father Girzone, a retired Catholic priest who writes, organizes retreats and directs the Joshua Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to sharing a greater understanding of Jesus with the world.
The Homeless Bishop
Father Girzone’s The Homeless Bishop (Orbis Books, 2011) is an imaginative “what if” journey that takes readers from the halls of the Vatican to the streets of New York and even to unexpected places such as Iran. The story shows that instead of fear and mistrust, the disadvantaged can be healed with love, forgiveness and help.
Creating his first new character in 25 years, Father Girzone considered how Christian scripture emphasized Jesus’ special love for the poor.
“I set about to explore this question for myself,” said Father Girzone. “Why is Jesus so obsessed with the poor?”
The Maryknoll Speakers Series, presented by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Colleen Brathwaite at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-941-7636, extension 2445. Additional information and directions can be found at http://www.maryknollsociety.org.