On Sunday, February 11th, over 200 Firebird alumni and their families gathered for the 2nd Annual Alumni Communion Breakfast. The morning began with Mass celebrated by Father Albert Bertoni, S.M. at 9 AM. The Gregorian Consortium provided beautiful music which added to the sanctity of the special Mass. Members of the Kellenberg community then gathered in the cafeteria for breakfast and a presentation by guest speaker, Gary Jansen ’88.
Gary is an editor, bestselling author, and frequent lecturer. He has been featured on NPR, The Huffington Post, CNN, Coast to Coast AM, A&E, the Sundance Channel, and has appeared numerous times on the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum.
Gary spoke about the important role prayer plays in maintaining balance in our lives and how small “microchanges,” such as dedicating just 1% of your day to prayer, can make a big impact on one’s life. He also urged those in attendance to look at Jesus’ responses in the Stations of the Cross and use that as inspiration for their own lives and examine how they respond to suffering.
Gary closed the enlightening presentation by saying, “We need to get back to basics. By keeping our focus on Jesus and using proper form, which is obeying the Commandments and obeying the teaching of the Church. When we do those things, everything falls into alignment, and when we don’t, we can really hurt ourselves.”