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Epiphany – January 27, 2023

 Iklas Bahouri-Bashi talks about how we can show grace to those with mental illness. Bishop Robert Gruss talks about events in the Saginaw Diocese and riding a Harley. Giovanni Vitale invites parents to check the AOD’s Compass website.  

 


Iklas Bahouri-Bashi

Iklas Bashi, MA, LPC is a Christian/Catholic Certified Life Coach, Clinical Therapist, Speaker and Writer. She combines the rich teaching of the Catholic faith and her experience and training in psychology to help others break free from negative mindsets, discover their God given identity and live a life of purpose and meaning. Iklas has been featured on Ave Maria Radio AM 990 and It’s Your Community WJR-AM. Her articles have appeared in The Michigan Catholic, The Chaldean News, HealthPartners and St. John Today. She has been a Co-host on Invitation to Sisterhood which airs on CTND (Catholic Television) and YouTube. For the past 3 years, she has been facilitating the Surviving Divorce Support Group for the Chaldean Diocese of St. Thomas which is a healing support group for individuals going through the pain of divorce. She loves to read and inspires the love of learning in others because she believes books have the power to transform us. She is passionate about walking alongside others on their journey toward healing and integration and her greatest vocation is being a wife and mother.

Email:  gloriousunfoldingllc@gmail.com


Bishop Robert Gruss

Bishop Robert Gruss was born June 25, 1955, in Texarkana, Arkansas. He attended Madison Area Technical College, in Madison, Wisconsin, and Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was a corporate pilot and flight instructor from 1980-1989 before entering seminary. He pursued seminary studies at St. Ambrose University, in Davenport 1989-1990; at North American College, Rome, 1990-1994; and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, also known as the Angelicum, in Rome. He additionally earned a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Theology at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1994. In 1999, he completed studies at the Institute of Priestly Formation (IPF) with an emphasis on Spiritual Direction training. Bishop Gruss was ordained to the priesthood on July 2, 1994 by Bishop William E. Franklin, seventh Bishop of Davenport. In 2007, Pope Benedict named him a Chaplain of his Holiness, giving him the title of monsignor. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Bishop of Rapid City in 2011 and consecrated as a bishop on July 28, 2011. His previous assignments have included chancellor and diocesan vocations director for the Diocese of Davenport, as well as pastor at Sacred Heart Cathedral. He also served as vice-rector at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Bishop Gruss also serves in the following capacities: St. Ambrose University Corporate Board, Member; Catholic Radio Association Episcopal Board, Member; Pope Leo XIII Institute, Episcopal Moderator; Institute for Priestly Formation Bishops Advisory Council, Member; National Assn. of Catholic Chaplains, Reg. VIII Episcopal Rep.; Pontifical North American College Episcopal Board of Governors.

Visit:  https://www.saginaw.org/


Giovanni Vitale 

Giovanni Vitale is the Compass Project Coordinator working with the Office of Family Ministry in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He is a husband and father for 5 children, a master’s level psychologist, and has worked in Catholic ministry for over a decade.

https://www.compassforparents.org/

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