The 2014-2015 season of the Fr. Bill Zimmer Forum, co-sponsored by Silver Lake College and St. Francis of Assisi Parish, begins Sept. 9 and continues monthly throughout the academic year.
The book group sessions are open to the public and will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at Endries Hall, located in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, on the campus of Silver Lake College, 2406 S. Alverno Road. Books are available at Silver Lake College’s Zigmunt Library and other area libraries.
Here’s a look at the season schedule:
Sept. 9 — Bishop Robert Morneau, auxiliary bishop emeritus for the Diocese of Green Bay, will be the presenter for “Markings,” written by Dag Hammarskjold.
Bishop Morneau also is the pastor of Resurrection Parish in Allouez. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1966 and worked as an assistant pastor in New London before accepting appointments in Manitowoc, where he was a faculty member at Holy Family College (now Silver Lake College).
In 1978, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay (he was one of the first American priests to be named a bishop by Pope John Paul II).
Bishop Morneau, a Bear Creek native, is an avid runner, golfer and reader of poetry. A poet and author himself, he has written several books and articles. Bishop Morneau gives retreats and lectures throughout the United States to lay groups as well as bishops and cardinals, and is considered the U.S. Catholic Church’s premier resource on stewardship. He recently traveled to Australia to give four talks.
Oct. 14 — Mary Sherman, the Assistant Director of Stewardship and Pastoral Services for the Diocese of Green Bay, will present “The Centurion’s Wife,” written by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke.
Nov. 11 — The Rev. Bruce Hanstedt, retired Lutheran minister for ELCA, will present “Soul Survivor: How Thirteen Unlikely Mentors Helped My Faith Survive the Church,” written by Philip Yancey.
Dec. 9 — Nick Mohlmann, PhD, a Professor of English at Silver Lake College, will present “Memoirs of William Tecumseh Sherman,” written by Sherman.
January — Holiday break.
Feb. 10 — Tony Pichler, Lay Ministry Formation Director, will present “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life,” written by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM.
March 10 — Felicia Hennessy, Performance Improvement Manager at Point Beach Nuclear Plant in Two Rivers, will present “Tess of the D’Urbervilles: Tess’s Influence Through the Years,” written by Thomas Hardy.
April 14 — Sister Judy Miller, a staff member at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality in De Pere, will present “The Paradox of Power from Control to Compassion,” written by Michael Crosby, OFM, CAP.