May 15, 2008
Mrs. Fidelis D'Cunha, originally from India, and now residing in Monroe, Michigan, is imparting to the Sisters at Prayer Town a Scripture Seminar on the book of Acts of the Apostles. The seminar will be imparted from May 16-21 at Prayer Town.
The Scripture Seminar, in view of the upcoming year of St. Paul, will focus on the book of Acts of the Apostles, and is part of the on-going formation of the professed Sisters.
Mrs. D'Cunha is married and has three adult daughters. She is an old-time friend of Sister Rita and Sister Joan, as they belonged to the same youth group in India before they found their respective vocations.
Mrs. D'Cunha, raised in a devout Catholic home, was baptized in the Spirit at age thirteen, and at age 17 began serving the Lord in evangelistic ministries as much as her other duties allowed.
Her Spiritual journey brought her to the United States in 1999, and later led her to complete a Masters Degree on Theology. At present she teaches Scripture at Sacred Heart Seminary
in Detroit, Michigan, while pursuing a Doctoral Degree on Higher Education from the University of Toledo
Year Dedicated to St. Paul
Pope Benedict XVI plans to proclaim a year dedicated to St. Paul, in preparation for the 2,000th anniversary of the apostle's birth.
The pope will announce the commemorative year at a vespers service June 28, 2008 in the Basilica of St. Paul's Outside the Walls in Rome, on the eve of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.
The Pauline Year will run from June 29, 2008, to June 29, 2009.
St. Paul, born in Tarsus, in what is now Turkey, became one of the church's foremost evangelizers, both among Jews and Gentiles. However, most of his ministry was carried out among the Gentiles, establishing churches throughout the Roman Empire. His untiring apostolic activity gained him the title "Apostle to the Gentiles," yet he is simply known as "the Apostle."
St. Paul's letters to the primitive churches, which are an important part of the New Testament, give us a wealth of information about the life of the early Church, and his theology has strongly influenced Church thinking through the centuries.
"The church is, by its nature, missionary;
its primary task is evangelization."
"At the beginning of the third millennium,
the Church feels with renewed strength
that Christ's missionary mandate
is more pressing than ever"
-- Pope Benedict XVI