The Rev. Anthony Vinson, formerly of Fort Dodge and currently a monk at St. Meinrad Archabbey, will return to the area for a parish mission Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
The mission is titled "Realizing our baptismal call - what is it and how to live it?" The first conference is on "The Word of God" and will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by mass at 7 p.m. The second conference is "The Sacraments" at 7 p.m. Monday. The third conference is "The Mission of the Church: the Ministry of Charity" to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
All events will be at Corpus Christi Church, 403 N. Eighth St. Childcare will be available in the Corpus Christi Center.
"In the Sacrament of Baptism we are invited to live and move more closely with Christ, guided by the gifts of Sacred Scripture, the Sacraments of the Church and exercising the ministry of charity," Vinson said. "What is our baptismal call, and do we live it out as a disciple of Jesus today in our prayer and work, rooted in Word, Sacrament and the Mission of the Church?
"Allow yourself to hear, with the ear of your heart, the call which began at your Baptism and is realized in the journey we share as members of the Body of Christ, the Church."
A Benedictine monk, Vinson entered the monastery in 2001 and was ordained a priest in 2005. He was born in Cedar Falls and attended Corpus Christi Grade School, Sacred Heart Junior High School and St. Edmond High School in Fort Dodge.
In the summer of 2013, Vinson was appointed director of pastoral formation for Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. As a member of the seminary formation staff, he is responsible for the development and implementation of the program of pastoral formation for priesthood candidates, and oversees the development of seminarians' pastoral abilities in parish, school, health care and social service settings in southwestern Indiana, and north central and northwestern Kentucky.
In 2009, he was named administrator of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fulda, Ind., and St. Meinrad Catholic Church in St. Meinrad, Ind. Since his appointment he has served on the Council of Priests for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis representing the presbyterate of the archdiocese and assists the archbishop to fulfill his role as chief pastor.