Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, February 25, 2018

dummies 0221Pope Benedict XVI holds a hard-bound edition of 'John Paul II for Dummies' in Rome in September 2006 that he was given by its authors, Father Kenneth D. Brighenti, center, and Father John Trigilio. (Photo courtesy of Father Trigilio)Pope Benedict XVI holds a hard-bound edition of 'John Paul II for Dummies' in Rome in September 2006 that he was given by its authors, Father Kenneth D. Brighenti, center, and Father John Trigilio. (Photo courtesy of Father Trigilio)

EAST HAVEN – Catholic authors and TV hosts Father John Trigilio, Ph.D., and Father Kenneth D. Brighenti, Ph.D., will present a four-day Lenten mission titled "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness” Feb. 25-28 at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 355 Foxon Road (Route 80).

The evening talks, which will begin at 7 p.m., will explore various Catholic teachings, beliefs and practices.

In addition to their pastoral duties, Fathers Triglio and Brighenti are the co-hosts of the EWTN program "Web of Faith 2.0." They also are the co-authors of Catholicism for Dummies, John Paul II for Dummies and several books. Father Triglio holds doctorates in philosophy and theology. Father Brighenti received his doctorate in sacred theology from LaSalle University.

“This is a great opportunity for all the community to know more about the Catholic religion, and explore the richness of our teachings and traditions,” said Father John L. Lavorgna, pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii, which is co-sponsoring the event with St. Augustine Parish in North Branford.

“These presentations are a fantastic way, especially during the Year of Faith, to better understand some fundamental components of Catholicism, and perhaps even answer some lingering questions from one's own spiritual journey,” he added.

The mission is free and is open to the public.

There will be a shorter presentation on the same topics following the 9 a.m. Mass each day of the mission at St. Augustine Church.

The Year of Faith, proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, began on Oct. 11, 2012, and will conclude on Nov. 24, 2013, which is the Solemnity of Christ the King. It marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.