Father Bill Baer to Speak at Season’s Final 'Faith and Work Breakfast' April 7 at St. Olaf

Father Bill Baer, pastor of Transfiguration Catholic Church in Oakdale and former rector of the St. John Vianney College Seminary, will give the sixth and final breakfast talk in an annual series co-sponsored by St. Olaf Catholic Church and the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought at the University of St. Thomas.

The ecumenical “Faith and Work Breakfast” will be held from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 7, in Fleming Hall of St. Olaf Catholic Church, 215 S. Eighth St. in downtown Minneapolis.

Father Bill Baer

Father Bill Baer

Baer’s talk is titled “When Sunday Stopped Being the Lord’s Day: Did We Know What It Would Do to the Rest of Our Week? (and to the rest of our lives).”

“Is the observance of the Sabbath an archaic holdover from the ancient economy and culture of the Bible?” Baer asks. “Our modern stress and exhaustion and fragmented lives suggest that the Lord’s Day may be a treasure worth rediscovering.”

Now in their 16th year, the Faith and Work Breakfasts deal with the personal challenges of faith-and-work integration and are designed for professionals from all faiths. The theme of this year’s series is “A Divided Life.” The series’ six speakers are examining how to find balance when there are so many commitments to be met.

The cost of each Faith and Work Breakfast is $20, which includes a continental breakfast or a box lunch. Pre-registration is encouraged. To make a reservation or for more information, call St. Olaf Catholic Church, (612) 332-7471, Ext. 255, or e-mail cbishop@saintolaf.org

Information also is available on the St. Olaf website.