Originally released January 26, 2018
We’re happy to announce that Spring Enrichment 2018 will open with Albany Diocese’s Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard and Fr. Richard Fragomeni of Chicago’s Catholic Theological Union teaming up for a special two-for-one Wednesday morning, May 16.
Bishop Hubbard will be presiding at the opening mass for our Spring Enrichment days starting at 9am in the Gymnasium of the College of Saint Rose in Albany. A special “teaching mass”, the stage will be set by Fr. Fragomeni who will introduce the liturgy and will then take to the podium following the liturgy to offer a catechetical session on what we have just experienced and to offer a reflection on the wondrous gift – the Eucharist – that we just celebrated and received.
Stephen Mawn, director of the Spring Enrichment program, reports that he was especially pleased with Fr. Fragomeni’s focus on the gift of the eucharist for the opening presentation of this year’s presentation. “Father’s opening presentation highlighting the gift of the Eucharist will be a wonderful start to this year’s Spring Enrichment days as it’s a great way to connect with the Albany Diocese’s first ever Eucharistic Congress that will be at the Auriesville Shrine in late September.”
Most Rev. Howard Hubbard served as the ninth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany having been installed as our local ordinary in 1977, just four years after the inaugural Spring Enrichment. He was succeeded by Bishop Edward Scharfenberger in April, 2014 and is now Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese. A priest of the Albany Diocese, Fr. Richard Fragomeni is a Professor of Liturgy and Homiletics at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he is also Chair of the Department of Word and Worship. He has written widely on liturgy, music, symbolism, the Catechumenate, the Eucharist and liturgies with children and also serves as the Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, an Italian-American parish in Chicago’s Little Italy.