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Jesuit spiritual director to present Lenten series at Cathedral

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 7, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

Jesuit Father Matthew Gamber, spiritual director at Bishop White Seminary, will present a series of five Lenten talks on the encyclicals of Pope John Paul II at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

The series will take place on Tuesday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m. in Barry Auditorium, in the lower level of the Cathedral, beginning Feb. 26.

Each evening will include a 45-minute presentation by Father Gamber, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. Copies of the encyclicals will be available for purchase at the first evening’s presentation.

The series is free and open to the public.

The five encyclicals to be discussed:

• Feb. 26: Redemptor Hominis — “Jesus, the Redeemer of Man.”
• March 5: Dives in Misericordia — “God, Who is Rich in Mercy.”
• March 12: Evangelium Vitae — “The Gospel of Life.”
• March 19: Dominum et Vivicantem — “The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church.”
• March 26: Redemptoris Mater — “The Mother of the Redeemer.”

Besides his work at Bishop White, Father Gamber also serves as a chaplain for Gonzaga University.

He comes to the Spokane Area after his 1995 ordination to the priesthood for the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus.

He holds degrees in political science, philosophy and divinity, and journalism.

Father Gamber has taught on the high school and college levels, and was assistant editor of Xavier Magazine from 1997-2000.

These particular encyclicals were chosen because they present so clearly the Holy Father’s assessment of a culture that has “displaced” God, and the pope’s conviction that the Church — all Catholics and, indeed, all people of good will — is called to confront, transform and heal that culture.


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