As part of its Adult Faith Enrichment Series, St. Paul Parish, Princeton, will host Msgr. Vincent Garland in a presentation on Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si: On the Care for our Common Home” April 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the parish’s Spiritual Center.
Released in 2015, the encyclical addresses climate change, man’s impact on ecology and social responsibility while posing the question, “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us?”
Msgr. Gartland is a retired priest of the Diocese of Trenton, who had served as pastor of St. Ann Parish, Lawrenceville, for 19 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala., and a master’s degree in education from St. John’s University, New York. He also completed graduate studies in counseling and education at Seton Hall University, South Orange.
For 20 years, he was a member of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, serving in the ministry of secondary education, teaching in St. Joseph High School, Metuchen, and St. Mary High School, South Amboy, and served as coordinator of adult religious education and the Catholic high school religious program in the diocesan Office of Religious Education. He also founded Inscape, a retreat for high school youth in Seaside Park.
In addition to his pastorate in St. Ann, Lawrenceville, Msgr. Gartland has also served as a member of the Diocesan Building Commission and a member of the Episcopal Council for Clergy Personnel.
The presentation is free of charge. Light refreshments will be served. For further information, see stpaulsofprinceton.org or contact Claire Gmachi at 609-924-1743.
St. Paul Parish is located at 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. The Spiritual Center is located below the church with the entrance from the parking lot behind the church.