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Reflect on your mission on promoting the sanctity of life principle and on how Jesus calls us to be faithful to this mission. The program also includes small group discussions, holy hour, and confessions by Aux. Bishop Ramón Bejarano.
Who can attend? Culture of Life Coordinators and Caring for the Whole Person Parish Leaders.
Facilitators: See bios and pictures below
Lynda MacFarland was an Army wife for 34 years. She and her husband, Sean, are the proud parents of a daughter, Maggie, and a son, Philip, both of whom are married. Maggie & her Soldier, Jeremy, have 3 adorable children; Philip, who is also a Soldier, and his wife, Danielle, are the proud parents of their first child, Jack, born last July.
Some of Lynda’s interests include writing, reading, and singing, and most importantly encouraging others in their spiritual lives. She thoroughly enjoyed her 34 years working for Army families as a ‘professional volunteer,’ all the while blessed with opportunities to engage in corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
She recently earned a Master of Theological Studies from the Franciscan School of Theology at the University of San Diego. As an active member of the Military Council of Catholic Women starting in the late 1990’s through their last (online) Forum in 2020, Lynda participated in many faith and Bible studies, served as the Liturgy Coordinator for two World Wide conferences in 2008 and 2010, has spoken/led retreats on various spiritual topics at MCCW conferences and at various Military chapels, and has taught many faith formation classes from pre-Kindergarten to Confirmation and RCIA classes.
As the US Military Coordinator for Mothers Prayers, an international, ecumenical movement for women, a position she held for 20 years, Lynda presented many Mothers Prayers services at conferences, and also facilitated countless more services at several US Military faith communities, either personally or by training other moms to facilitate at their chapels.
Lynda is currently living in San Diego, California as Sean retired from the Army in 2018 after 37 years of faithful service. It was a distinct privilege for Lynda and Sean to have been granted the responsibility with which God entrusted them: caring for and serving with Army families for many years.
Lynda loves Jesus and her fondest desire is to encourage others in their faith journey toward Home. She prays often that the things she does will glorify God and advance His Kingdom.
She is the author of one book (so far!), Drowning In Lemonade – Reflections of an Army Wife. The book addresses the role her faith has had in dealing with the challenges of living an Army life. She also has a blog at www.drowning-in-lemonade.com and an Instagram account at “@Lynda.withawhy” if you want to be encouraged in your faith journey.
Rev. Lawrence Agi was ordained for the Catholic Diocese of Idah, Nigeria, West Africa. The sixth of nine children, three sisters and five brothers. He holds a law degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, B.A. (M.A) in Theology Seminary of Saints Peter & Paul, Nigeria-affiliated to Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome. Rev. Lawrence holds a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and a PhD in Public Health (community health education) from Walden University. He is a certified Health Education Specialist promoting holistic health with emphasis on spirituality and wellness. He is involved in community outreach inspiring and empowering groups and individuals with authentic message of hope, faith, and compassion. He offers workshops, retreats, and lectures for small and large groups.
Prior to his priestly formation, he worked as a criminal defense attorney in Nigeria. He has keen interest in community-based research and has published articles in peer-reviewed journals. His recent interests include Public Health, culture and end of life. He is currently the Manager Spiritual care Services, Scripps Mercy Hospital, Chula Vista and San Diego.