Wednesday, February 14, 2018
(132) Capt. Guy Gruters: Highlights of the 2017 Steubenville Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal
The 2017 Steubenville Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal at St. Stephen’s Church in Caldwell, Ohio on March 18 opened with a formal Holy Hour with Benediction. The Penance Service followed the first talk.
Capt. Guy Gruters’ two talks to 258 men went over very well as reflected by the long standing ovation he received and their written evaluations at the end of the day. Some of the men shared the day with their sons.
Bishop Jeffrey Monforton presided at the Mass. In his homily he asserted that the “Prodigal Son” is often called the greatest short story ever. He notes that the father deals with compassion towards both of his sons since he loved them equally. In allowing the younger son to leave with the inheritance, the father took the risk that he may never see his son again, but he had to let go. When the prodigal son returned to a party of happy welcome despite the protest of the older son, he showed mercy and compassion to both of them. God the Father is similar. We also must be men of faith and mercy. The Bishop remembered the patron of our Conference and urged the men; “Go to Joseph”.