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Manna House To Offer Lenten Series Retreat

Lent is a time of preparation for the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ at Easter. Many turn to an inner conversation of the heart in the search to follow God’s will. This six week Lenten series at Manna House may help in the journey to gain understanding of God’s calling in our lives.
Each Wednesday, beginning on March 1, 2023, meet in person at 323 East 5th Street in Concordia, or via zoom from 7-8 pm. Each session costs $15 or attend all 6 for $75.
Pre registration is required to attend. Register by calling Manna House at 785-243-4428, email or register online at

The following is the schedule for each week of the series:
March 1, 2023
Lenten Series Week 1: Jesus Carries His Cross
Presenter: Dian Hall, CSJ

In the Gospels, Jesus often tells his disciples (and us) that in order to follow him we must take up our own cross. While we may never have to physically carry a heavy wooden cross, each of us carries our own pain and suffering throughout our lives. How can we walk this way of the cross with Jesus? We can be a support for each other, just as Veronica supported and cared for Jesus. Wednesday, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Join us in-person or via Zoom. Costs: $15/session or $75 for 6 session.
March 8, 2023
Lenten Series Week 2: Reflecting on the Stations of the Cross from a Social Justice Point of View
Presenter: Christina Brodie, CSJ

Walk alongside Christ on the journey of his Passion and remember our brothers and sisters both around the world and in our own cities who experience suffering and poverty each day.For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; (Mathew 25)We’ll discuss and share our stories.

March 15, 2023
Lenten Series Week 3: Fear in a Troubled World
Presenter: Jean Ann Walton, CSJ

What is fear? Where does fear come from? How do we deal with fear? Let’s explore these questions so we have a better understanding how to live in a troubled world. 
March 22, 2023
Lenten Series Week 4: Carrying the Cross of Anger
Presenter: Mary Jo Thummel, CSJ

Into all our lives come people, events, and circumstances that cause anger to build up in our hearts and spirits which can become a cross that we bear day after day.  Anger is something most of us don’t like to admit or talk about.  Why is this so? Is anger always evil?  Can there be righteous anger?  What do we do with our anger?  What do you believe Jesus thinks of anger?

March 29, 2023
Lenten Series Week 5: Carrying the Cross in a Time of Loss of Meaning
Presenter: Janet Lander, CSJ

Human beings are meaning-making creatures. We often associate joy and hope with having a sense of meaning in our lives. Suffering, personal, inter-personal and global, can bring meaning into question. We will contemplate Jesus facing this same dilemma to gain perspective for our own struggles with meaning. Wednesday, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
April 5, 2023
Lenten Series Week 6: Carrying the Cross of Isolation
Presenter: Gilla Dubé, CSJ

While we live in a fast paced technologically driven world where we can access anyone, anything and anywhere with just a click of a button it seems, the truth is that many feel the sting of loneliness and isolation. How can Jesus help carry our isolation and loneliness? Where can we turn? What can we do?  Wednesday, 7:00-8:00 p.m.