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Priest hears drive-thru confessions at Shanley High School

Saturday, April 25, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Fr. William Slattery provides confessions for drivers in the parking lot of the Shanley/Sullivan Campus on Friday, April 24, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Fr. William Slattery provides confessions for drivers in the parking lot of the Shanley/Sullivan Campus on Friday, April 24, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor 

 

FARGO — As public gathering places are shuttered to limit the spread of COVID-19, people across the world are finding creative new ways to practice their faith.

Catholics in Fargo-Moorhead were able to observe one of the church's sacraments on Friday, April 24, by simply driving up to a priest waiting at Shanley High School and Sullivan Middle School.

On one of spring’s first sunny Fridays, Fr. William Slattery of the Fargo Diocese and Shanley-Sullivan schools heard confessions from students and alumni who walked or drove up to the school.

"Father would normally offer this every morning at Shanley, and it is something I would take advantage of … I would try to go once a week,” said Jordan Miranda, a senior at Shanley High School. “I miss it, so I thought I would come out and practice my faith.”

With places of worship closed across the region, many miss their faith communities. Friday’s confession helped give them a connection, Slattery said.

“As priests, we have to modify, change, adapt so that people still have opportunities to experience (God’s) grace and grow in their spiritual life,” he said.

 


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