Matthew Kelly to explore living with passion, purpose

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 Catholics encouraged to become their best selves 

The Visitor 

Matthew Kelly, an internationally acclaimed speaker and bestselling author, will address “Living Everyday with Passion and Purpose” from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Sartell.

“It is a series of talks I have been doing across the country all year,” Kelly told The Visitor. “Four questions are explored: Who am I? What am I here for? What matters most? What matters least?

Matthew Kelly“Delving into these questions helps us develop a personal clarity that makes us good at something that most people are bad at — saying ‘no,’ ” he said. “Our lives have become overwhelmed by options and our inability to say ‘yes’ to the right things and ‘no’ to the things that are not for us is stifling us.”

Kelly feels that lay Catholics around the country are “hungry” to grow spiritually and want their parishes to become more dynamic — and they are willing to get involved and make that happen. He believes Catholics want good things to happen for their church and want to be proud to be Catholic but secular media have taken a toll on the faith of many.


“People don’t do anything until they are inspired,” Kelly said, “but once they are inspired there is almost nothing they won’t do. We have a constant need to be inspired and stay inspired and often look to leaders to inspire us.

“During the presentation, I talk about three game-changers for the participant’s life and walk them through how to apply them,” Kelly said. “Then, I encourage them to pick one and focus on it for the next three months. Our lives change when our habits change, so I hope participants will each come away with at least one new habit.”

Bishop Donald Kettler will welcome participants and offer the opening prayer for the event, which is designed to challenge and inspire everyone from teenagers to seniors.

“We want people to come away with a renewed appreciation for the Catholic faith and a commitment to becoming the best version of themselves,” said Sue Ek, one of the event organizers. “Matthew Kelly talks about the ‘genius of Catholicism’ and there is real truth to that statement. It’s easy to go through the motions Sunday after Sunday and kind of be on autopilot. We are hoping that this short four- to five-hour time commitment will be life changing in a very positive way.”

Kelly will be joined by musician Eliot Morris. Tickets are $39 and can be purchased at the St. Francis Xavier Parish office, online at www.DynamicCatholic. com/sartell or by calling 859-980-7900.

St. Francis Xavier Parish is hosting the event in conjunction with eight other St. Cloud area parishes: St. Augustine, St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Michael, Holy Spirit and St. Anthony, all in St. Cloud, and St. Joseph in Waite Park.