LINCOLN (SNR) - Father Steven Mills will be the speaker July 12 at Magnificat of Lincoln’s “Summer Prayer Meal” at 9:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Country Club, 9401 East “O” St., Lincoln.
Born and raised in Nebraska City, Father Mills was the youngest of the four children, with a sister who would become a School Sister of Christ the King, and two brothers that he would grow up trying to imitate in many ways. Father Mills said he had thought about the priesthood in passing moments, but it never took hold until he learned what it meant to completely give of your life.
“Discerning a call in this age can be incredibly difficult,” he said, “but it can also be powerful, intense and a thing of absolute beauty that words cannot adequately describe.” He went on to say, “College can be a difficult time in life, especially when the culture is telling you one thing, but your heart is yearning for another!
“In order to learn to discern, I had to learn to pray. Which is why one of my favorite quotes is from Padre Pio: ‘Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart. You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips, but with your heart. In fact on certain occasions you should only speak to Him with your heart.’”
Father Mills invites all to come hear the tale of how a gangly, sports-craved, musical-loving, little Husker fan found the Lord, or rather, how he finally listened to Him. He said his story is “one of my eyes and heart being opened to the New Evangelization and how we are all called to be a part of His story even today!”
Father Mills said attendees will hear stories about the School Sisters of Christ the King, Lourdes Central School in Nebraska City, fraternity life at the University, his time with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) serving at the Air Force Academy and much more.
By the end of the event, he said he hopes all be able to say, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32)
Father Mills, ordained one year ago, is assistant pastor at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln. He also teaches at Pius X High School and serves Bishop Conley as assistant master of ceremonies.
The event is available by pre-paid registrations only, by Thursday, July 3. To attend, send $15 check payable to Magnificat ($10 for student price) to Annette Wemhoff, 931 W. Harvest Dr., Lincoln, NE, 68521. For more information please contact Magnificat coordinator Rhonda Litt at 402-489-3819 or 402-525-6396.
Magnificat is a ministry to Catholic women, a private association of the faithful within the Catholic Church under the jurisdiction of the Lincoln Diocese. Its purpose is to help Catholic women become more open to the Holy Spirit through a deeper commitment of their lives to Jesus as Lord and to impart the Holy Spirit to one another by their love, service and sharing the good news of salvation. It thus provides opportunities which will foster a desire to grow in holiness. Magnificat was begun in 1981 by a group of Catholic women from the Archdiocese of New Orleans who observed a need among Catholic Women for a faith-sharing experience in a social setting.