Welcome to the Diocese of MacKenzie – Fort Smith
Bishop Mark A. Hagemoen’s Easter Message
Holy Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Greetings Priests, Religious, and Lay Faithful of our Diocese:
I wish you all a blessed Holy Week and Easter Triduum!!! I also take this opportunity to thank you for your faith in, and support of the life and mission of Jesus Christ – through the power of God and the Holy Spirit – with the people of our diocese
As many of you know, I am currently traveling to the various communities of our vast diocese, and I am learning much about the lives of the people we serve. I am especially struck by the deep faith and desire of our people to know and experience God more profoundly. This is reflected in many ways: the desire of parents for the Sacraments for their young people; the longing for the life and freedom that comes through healing programs; the excitement for experiences such as the various ‘spiritual events’ across our diocese. I also am experiencing people’s great appreciation for the service of the priests, sisters, and lay workers in our various parishes and faith communities.
As we prepare for yet another Holy Week and Easter Triduum, let us join together in faithful solidarity with Our Lord Jesus Christ, whose passion, death, and rising enables and emboldens us to celebrate with one another the most wondrous and redemptive message the world has ever known.
Again, a blessed Holy Week and Easter to you all!
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Mark Hagemoen