TAUNTON, Mass. — On April 11, the Fall River Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will be offering a Day of Recollection at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Taunton. The topic of the gathering will be, “Come, Let Us Climb the Mount of the Lord,” and guest speaker will be Jon Swedberg.
Swedberg and his wife, Denise, live in Taunton and are parishioners of St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Taunton, being welcomed into the Church in 2010. Raised in a loving Christian family who attended a Baptist church, Swedberg studied the Bible and youth ministry in college, serving in a few parishes and ministering to a number of youths and young adults, along with directing many retreats and working summers in a camping ministry.
The Swedbergs were foster parents who took numerous teen-age boys into their home, an experience they found so rewarding they continued to be foster parents for a few years, offering troubled teens much needed attention and services.
After a period of time not attending any church or faith services, the Swedbergs began attending Masses at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro. Drawn to the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, Swedberg expressed his desire to join the Catholic Church and has come to appreciate the consistency of 2,000 years of teaching the Biblical truth by the Church, which was founded upon the Rock of St. Peter. Swedberg says he has discovered his true home in the Church.
The Swedbergs became involved at La Salette through teaching various Bible studies, leading discussion groups, and have been involved in two tent revivals during the summer. “The Church has so much to offer,” they said, “and being retired, we try to involve ourselves in it as much as we can.”
Swedberg’s presentation will be focused on the Bible, which is filled with the rich and beautiful imagery of God calling people and revealing Himself to them on various mountains. As told in the Gospels, Christ often went up to the hills or mountains to be alone and pray to His Father. The journey of the people of the Catholic faith is a pilgrimage aimed at finding a deeper relationship with God and growing in holiness, ultimately living in His presence for eternity.
The Day of Recollection will be on April 11 at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, 19 Kilmer Avenue, Taunton. Coffee and doughnuts will be served at 9 a.m., with the program beginning at 9:45 a.m.; light refreshments will be served following the presentation. If you would like to attend, please call Bea Pereira at 508-823-7623.