LINCOLN (SNR) - Magnificat of Lincoln will hold its winter prayer meal Feb. 11 at Hillcrest Country Club, 9401 E. O St., Lincoln, at 9:30 a.m.
Father Troy Schweiger, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Lincoln, will be the speaker, presenting a journey of joy.
Father Schweiger grew up in Beloit, Wisc., the fifth of six children, and moved to Lincoln with his family as a teen. He graduated from Pius X High School. After two years as a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he discerned a call to the priesthood and entered St. Philip Neri Minor Seminary in Toronto, Canada. He later attended St. Joseph Major Seminary in New York and was ordained a priest by Bishop Bruskewitz May 27, 1995.
Father Schweiger has served the Diocese of Lincoln as a pastor, assistant pastor, teacher, guidance counselor, principal and superintendent. He has served in Lincoln (St. John and St. Patrick parishes), Hastings, Dawson and Shubert, Colon and Cedar Bluffs, Mead, Falls City, and Wahoo.
Since 2011 he has been pastor of St. Patrick in Lincoln. He will share the story of how St Patrick recently built their new spiritual home, highlighted by the hard work of the parishioners and Father Schweiger’s own woodworking skills. Together they participated in harvesting, milling, drying down, crafting and finishing all the wood for the new church, including the pews, altar, ambo, and baptismal font.
(Editor's note: View photos of the new church here)
Father Schweiger said the process was an incredible odyssey of faith for him and the parish.
“People wanted to give their talents back to the Lord as a gift,” Father Schweiger said.
Time after time there were miracles, Father Schweiger said, and “it went from being just a building to the House of God, and that’s overwhelming.”
He added that Divine Providence was evident throughout entire process.
“So many things that could have happened to derail the whole process,” he said, but God “kept sending blessings after blessing.”
Pre-paid registrations are required to attend the prayer meal by Monday, Feb. 6. The cost is $20 ($10 for students) payable to Magnificat. Registrations may be mailed to: Tina Colgan, 521 N. 56 St., Lincoln, NE, 68504.
Those attending will receive a complimentary March Magnificat magazine. For more information, 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. It started in 1981 as a prayer meal - a faith-sharing experience in a relaxed social setting - for 200 Catholic women in New Orleans. Since this first event, Magnificat has become an international ministry with chapters in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Malta, Europe and Africa.
Magnificat of Lincoln Morning Star Chapter held its first event March 9, 1996 after being approved by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz.
The primary purpose of Magnificat 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.
For more information, visit magnificatoflincoln.com.