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Two Spokane Jesuits to lead Novena of Grace, beginning March 10

the Inland Register

(From the March 1, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

The Biblical notion of divine call will be addressed in the 74th annual Novena of Grace that gets underway Saturday, March 10, at St. Aloysius Church, 330 E. Boone Ave. in Spokane. The first service starts at 12:15 p.m.

The chosen theme, “What Call Is,” will look at the many ways Jesus’ followers are called to holiness. Each day’s talks will address a different aspect of how to hear and respond to that call in daily life.

Four services are held each day, at 12:15, 3:30, 5:15, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s first service is scheduled at 12:30. The talks each day will address a different aspect of the theme.

Benediction is celebrated at the 3:30 service and Mass at the 5:15 and 7:30 services. The Anointing of the Sick will be given at all services on Tuesday, March 13. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available after each service each day.

Jesuit Fathers Father Steve Lantry and Eric Zuckerman will lead the novena.

Father Zuckerman is a sacramental minister at St. Aloysius Parish in Spokane.

Father Lantry was born and raised in Spokane. He currently works part-time in the counseling and career assessment center at Gonzaga University and is the vocation director for the Jesuits in the Northwest.

He entered the Society of Jesus in 1962, left in 1965, and after college, military service, and a career as a truck driver, re-entered the Jesuits in 1972.

Father Zuckerman was born and raised in New York. He trained as a chef in the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, working primarily in the Napa Valley in California and in Seattle before entering the Society of Jesus. He was ordained three years ago.

The nine-day series of prayer known as a novena dates from the 17th century and is credited to St. Francis Xavier, a companion of St. Ignatius and one of the first Jesuits.

In 1633, while Father Marcellus Mastrilli was decorating a church for a feast day, a hammer accidentally fell on his head. He lay near death for three weeks, only recovering after St. Francis Xavier appeared to him, asking him to go the missions and suggesting nine days of prayer in honor of his canonization.

Father Mastrilli went to the missions and was martyred in 1637, and the practice of prayer for nine days continued and grew.

Some consider St. Francis one of the greatest missionaries since apostolic times.

He is the patron saint of the missions and also of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. People who attend any of the novena’s services will be blessed with a relic of the saint.

The novena ends March 18.

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