Running parallel to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ three-year call to Eucharistic Revival, the pastors of Our Lady of the Valley Parish have dedicated a year of their pastoral ministry to the patronage of St. Catherine of Siena.

Since Aug. 7, Father Mark Edney, pastor of Our Lady of the Valley, and associate pastor Father Ed Horning have been teaching the life of St. Catherine, her written works, spirituality, closing each weekend homily with “St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us.”

They began giving classes on the life of St. Catherine for the faithful every Wednesday evening, in English at St. Mary and in Spanish at Our Lady of Guadalupe, the two churches that comprise the parish.

Father Edney suggested the parish dedicate the year to St. Catherine and study her life, including reading her book, “The Dialogue.”

“It came to be because we live in a pretty difficult time for our people,” the pastor said. “We struggle with the pandemic, political and social divisions, and even divisions in the Church.”

He said that St. Catherine lived in the 14th century and, “in many ways, her times were like ours.”

“She was born during the Black Plague. She faced divisions in her society, civil wars, corruption in society, laxity in the Church, and suffering in great poverty because of all the conflict, and half of the population of Europe destroyed by the plague.”

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