Staying Focused on Christ:
The Lenten Challenge
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2018
Most Rev. John W. Flesey
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
For Catholics, Lent has always been a special time in our lives. We associate the season with ashes, meatless Fridays, sacrifices, etc. But we all know that Lent is much more than that. It is a time when the whole church journeys with Jesus on a 40 day retreat. Each year, the message of Lent is the same and it is simple. It is expressed in one of the prayers we hear when we are marked with ashes on Ash Wednesday: Repent and believe in the Gospel. What makes each Lent different is our response. This time of grace can drift by or it can be a opportunity for conversion of heart. Our Lenten mission will give us the opportunity to again be challenged to renew our focus on Christ and the ministry we share in his name.
– Fr Benny
The Most Reverend John Walter Flesey, STD was born in Jersey City, NJ on August 6, 1942, the son of Joseph and Mary MacIsaac. He attended St. Aedanʼs Grammar School and St. Peterʼs Prep in Jersey City, graduated from St. Peterʼs College with a BA in History in 1964, and attended Immaculate Conception Seminary until 1969, when he was ordained. Father Fleseyʼs first assignment was to St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, Plainfield, after which he earned an STL degree in Spiritual Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, and a Doctorate of Sacred Theology from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He also holds an MS degree in Pastoral Counseling from Iona College and an STB from Catholic University of America. He has served the Archdiocese as a member of the faculty, Rector and Dean, and Spiritual Director of Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University, as well as Director of Ongoing Formation for the Priests of the Archdiocese of Newark. Bishop Flesey was named Titular Bishop of Allegheny and Auxiliary Bishop of Newark in May 2004. He currently serves as Regional Bishop of Bergen County and Pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Franklin Lakes.