The Bishop's Bulletin

Lumen Christi spreads joyful missionary spirit

The Lumen Christi missionaries for 2021.

Lumen Christi missionaries have been traveling around the diocese this summer, bringing the love of God to young and old alike. Twenty-two missionaries broken into teams have been using outreach events, small group discipleship and participation in community and life of the Church to help form Lifelong Catholic Missionary Disciples Through God’s Love.

Formerly Totus Tuus, Lumen Christi is a diocesan missionary formation program that forms young men and women to be effective evangelists, sharing the love of Christ they have experienced in their own lives.

Father Andy Thuringer spent time training the missionaries this year, which he says has been a real blessing.

“This year we focused on the creation story in Genesis. Our missionaries are excited to share how understanding the beginning of God’s story changes our relationship with the rest of the Bible,” Father Thuringer said.

Father Michael Kapperman, parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish in Aberdeen, spent time with Lumen Christi when they were in the area. He felt blessed to get to encourage them in their work.

The missionaries spent time in the Aberdeen area teaching kids about their faith (top) and having some fun in the sun (above) (Sacred Heart Parish, Aberdeen).

“It was amazing to get to walk with the team as a spiritual father,” Father Kapperman said. “The missionaries of Lumen Christi are on what is probably one of their most intense summers spiritually. They are on a team with three other people learning what it means to share Christian love.”