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Wrestling with God: An Evening with Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI

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Ron Rolheiser was born in Macklin, Saskatchewan, in 1947, into a large family, to George and Matilda (Gartner) Rolheiser. As a young child, Ron’s father George, along with his family, and other German- Russian families, immigrated from Saratov, Russia, and settled, as homesteaders, near the Alberta border where they established a community centered around St. Donatus Church in Cactus Lake, Saskatchewan. Ron’s mother Matilda was from a family of homesteaders in a nearby area. After meeting George at a parish picnic, they married, acquired a farm, near Cactus Lake, within 4 miles of the original Rolheiser homestead.

Following his school years, Ron entered the novitiate of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and professed his First Vows in September 1966. Ordained to the priesthood in 1972, Ron continued his education, receiving a B.A. (University of Ottawa, 1969), B.Th. (Newman Theological College, 1973), M.A. (University of San Francisco, 1974), M.R.Sc. (University of Louvain, 1982) and Ph.D/STD (University of Louvain, 1983). During and after his own studies, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In 1991, while on sabbatical, Fr. Ron was asked by his religious community to serve as the Provincial Superior of his home province. He served two terms as Provincial of St. Mary’s Province (Canada). In 1998, Fr. Ron was elected Regional Councilor for Canada, serving on the General Administration of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, in Rome, for six years. In August 2005, Fr. Ron became the President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio Texas, a position he maintains to this day.

In 1982, while living and studying in Belgium, Fr. Ron began to write a regular feature column in the Canadian newspaper, The Western Catholic Reporter. The column offered reflections on various theological, church and secular issues.

Thirty-two years later, the popular column is carried by almost one hundred newspapers worldwide.

Fr. Ron’s writing wasn’t limited to a weekly column during that period. His first book, The Loneliness Factor was published in 1979. It was followed by Spirituality for a Restless Culture, The Shattered Lantern, Against an Infinite Horizon, The Holy Longing, The Restless Heart, Forgotten among the Lilies, Our One Great Act of Fidelity: Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist, Secularity and the Gospel: Being Missionary to our own Children, and Prayer: Our Deepest Longing. Fr. Ron’s book Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity won Book of the Year and Best Book in Spirituality, Catholic Book Awards, 2015, The Passion and the Cross is Ron’s latest book.

Fr. Ron is in demand and well known as speaker. Keeping an active speaking schedule, his retreats and workshops have inspired many. Along with his academic knowledge in systematic theology and philosophy, he has become a popular speaker in the areas of contemporary spirituality and religion and the secular world.

He still is very involved in the life of his large extended family enjoying their annual hiking trips and New Year’s celebrations and is also known for his commitment to prayer and exercise, a continuing love of sports, his sense of humor, his loyalty to his friends, and the enjoyment of the odd cigar and fine scotch.

Please join us for an evening of enlightenment. Fr. Ron Rolheiser will help us understand our faith in a world where nothing seems solid or permanent.

For more information you can contact Kathleen Groh, Director at 651-777-0991 or via email kgroh@ivcusa.org. Please see https://ivcusa.org/ivc-offices/msp/ for more information on the Ignatian Volunteer Corps in the Twin Cities.

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