The St. Paul’s Spiritual Enhancement Series continued through the summer & held two more sessions: Joe Amato lead discussions with Mary Adamo in July and Tom Fox in August. Both were held over Zoom Conferencing.
Mary Adamo made a Young Adult Christian Awakening (YACA) weekend in the early 1980’s. Since then, she has worked in different roles, including Spiritual Team Member for the Women’s Cursillo & YACA weekends, as Director of the One Day At A Time (ODAT) program at St. Paul’s for eighteen years and leader in the Enneagram program. Mary has 30 plus years experience in corporate America and served as an officer in a Fortune 500 Company. Mary shared her insights from her own spiritual journey and how as a “reluctant prophet” she responds to the Holy Invitations in her life.
Tom Fox made his Cursillo in 1976 & that was the beginning of getting spiritual and psychological traction for him. He met his wife of 38 years there, Rosemary, as well as Joe Amato. He was asked to get involved right away and was a Team Member & Rector. He worked on Wall Street for over 30 years when he realized that he needed to do different work, work that had meaning and was helpful. Today, he is a Chaplain Fellow at the VA NY Health Care Center, assigned to the Psych unit where he works with veterans with mental health and substance abuse diagnosis. Also, he is a Candidate of MS for Pastoral Counseling at Fordham University. He came to AA in 1975 (he will be sober for 45 years in October). Tom shared in his bio: “Service had become instrumental in my salvation. Doing for others and diminish me. The example of Christ. The message in AA. Love and service. The phrase in the 12th step, “True ambition is not what we thought it was – true ambition is the deep desire to live usefully and walk humbly under the grace of God.” That was my mantra. Sitting at my desk after recovering from surgery, I looked around and said, “I can’t do this anymore.”
Both of these sessions showed the Cursillo Community how the Cursillo experience affects and strengthens Fourth Day journeys in so many ways—and that the journey is neverending!
We invite all of you to attend all future sessions and to please invite others. You don’t have to be a Cursillista to join us. This is a great way to bring people to our Cursillo Community! Future sessions will take place every third Wednesday of the month. We will offer presentations from different speakers that are near and dear to Cursillo. Our next session will take place on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 7:30 PM. Our guest speakers will be Joe Amato & Msgr. Tom Caserta.
Zoom details can be found on the flyer towards the end of this newsletter. Please join this great program to stay connected & strengthen your 4th Day!