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Father Roy Lee helps empower the spirit of the diocese as Lent begins

News of the Diocese

February 25, 2019

Father Roy Lee of the Archdiocese of Atlanta will travel to Cleveland during the first week of Lent to serve as the revivalist for the 2019 annual African American Collaborative Lenten Revival.

Father Roy Lee helps empower the spirit of the diocese as Lent begins

This year’s revival will be at 7 p.m. March 6-8 at Holy Spirit Parish, 4341 E. 131st St., Garfield Heights. “Joy in the Midst of it All” will be the revival theme and the focus of Father Lee’s message.

Father Lee’s motto is “God, family, education and service work together to improve the quality of life, ensuring bright futures and creating a better society.”

Dedicated to helping pastors, students and parish communities, the motto reflects his approach to empowering Catholics of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

“Through his sermons, revivals, workshops and retreats, Father Roy Lee encourages Catholics to embrace diversity and foster a dialogue with God,” said Cary Dabney, director for the diocesan office of ministry to African American Catholics.

Dabney, who collaborated with supporting parishes to organize the revival, explained how Father Lee’s presentations discuss how Catholics may have a conversation with God through different expressions. It is the relationship between oneself and God in that God may use the human spirit to manifest his presence. “This can be seen from the hymns of the Gospel choir to the praise dancing at the revival,” Dabney said.

Throughout his travels Father Lee has presented at national conferences, clergy summits and served as guest homilist and revivalist on a variety of liturgical and Catholic ministry topics, including the Black Catholic Men’s Conference, Martin Luther King Jr. Mass celebrations, human rights advocacy and prison ministry.

Father Lee, one of six siblings, was born in Jackson, Mississippi and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1950s when his parents relocated for job opportunities. He was ordained in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee where his pastoral ministry grew. Father Lee served as a parish priest, he is a former Air Force chaplain and now is an adjunct professor for the University of St. Leo where he teaches homiletics, the art of preaching and writing sermons.

Learn more about Fr. Lee here.

Click here for details on the three-day annual Collaborative Lenten Revival, including Ash Wednesday Mass time on March 6 and the speaker reception on March 7.

For more information on the Ministry to African American Catholics in the Diocese of Cleveland, click here.

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