For Immediate Release
March 16, 2019
Director of Communications & Marketing
Fr. Angelus Montgomery (’07), CFR, to lead Mar. 18-20 Loras Lenten Mission
DUBUQUE, Iowa – Fr. Angelus Montgomery, CFR, a Loras College alumnus (’07) and dynamic preacher, speaker and EWTN show co-host, will lead the Loras Lenten Mission March 18-20, 2019, centered on the theme, “Rebuild: Living an Authentic Life.” In addition to presiding and preaching at the March 17 Sunday 8 p.m. Mass in Christ the King Chapel, Fr. Angelus will preach mission conferences Monday-Wednesday nights, March 18-20, at 7 p.m. in the chapel. The mission is open to members of the Loras community and the general public, who are welcome to participate in one or more evenings.
As one of a set of triplets born to LuAnne and Dick Montgomery, Fr. Angelus was given the baptismal name Russell but was known as “Rusty” growing up in Lincoln, Neb. During his years at Loras, Rusty was active in numerous campus organizations, and served as president of student government and in numerous campus ministry activities. His brother, now Fr. Innocent, is an identical twin (the other triplet is their sister) who preceded him on the path toward religious life and priesthood.
Rusty began to sense the call to priesthood in his junior year at Loras; upon graduation, he and his brother went to New York City to perform service with the Missionaries of Charity, and, like his brother, eventually felt attracted to the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a religious order founded by the late Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR. After entering the community and given his new name in religious life, now Fr. Angelus was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York in May 2018.
Fr. Angelus and his brother have reached out to millennials through their “Icons Spotlight” television program on EWTN and the internet, and a radio show, “Icons Impact” which airs in New Jersey and other states. Together with a Franciscan confrere, they began co-hosting EWTN’s “Sunday Night Prime” this past year, succeeding Fr. Groeschel.
The March 18-20 Mission will include other spiritual opportunities following each night’s 7 p.m. conference in Christ the King Chapel: Monday, March 18, will be succeeded by an 8 p.m. Communal Reconciliation Service; Tuesday, March 19, will be followed by all-night Eucharistic Adoration extending through Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Wednesday, March 20, will be succeeded by an hour of Taizé prayer and music and 9 p.m. Mass. A free will offering will be taken up each night, with proceeds supporting the Dubuque Franciscan Sisters’ Water Project, helping to provide potable water for people in Tanzania and Honduras.
About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2018, Loras was the highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 13th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).