955 Alton Road
East Lansing, MI
St. Thomas Parish School Gym
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Happiness. Everybody in our society seems to be seeking it. Yet very few seem to find it. So where is true happiness to be found? With confidence, we can answer in just four words: Life with Jesus Christ. But how do we best embrace that happiness in our own lives? And how do we share that beautiful truth with others?
To help answer those questions, I would like to invite you to join hundreds of others from across our great diocese, at an important day-long presentation on The Four Levels of Happiness® by the Spitzer Center ®. Hundreds of our priests and parish leaders have already benefitted from The Four Levels of Happiness. Now it’s your opportunity. Don’t miss out.
As Saint Augustine of Hippo observed: “You have made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds rest in thee”. Together, let us learn how to better live that truth and share it with others as communities of missionary disciples. Yours in Christ Our Lord,
Yours in Christ Our Lord,
+ Earl Boyea
Bishop of Lansing
“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness.
It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives.“
- St. John Paul II
Augustine – We all want to live happily; in the whole human race there is no one who does not assent to this proposition, even before it is fully articulated.
Aquinas – Man cannot live without joy.
Aristotle – Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
(The same presentation will be given on each of these days.)
“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.
It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your life.” Pope St. John Paul II
Craig Pohl is the Director of the Office of New Evangelization for the Diocese of Lansing. He has been married to his wife, Allison, for eight years and they have five children. Their home parish is St. Mary, Westphalia. Craig has been involved in evangelization and Catholic ministry in various capacities for over 20 years and is known primarily for his passion for spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. He is also one of the hosts of The Armchair Catholic podcast. A podcast for the everyday Catholic.
Larry Smith is the new Executive Director of the Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership. Prior to that Larry was the CEO and president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver, CO for five years. Larry spent 30 years in the cable television, satellite distribution, entertainment, technology and consumer electronics retail industries in North America and Europe.
Tim Ryan has worked over thirty years in the secular workplace as an information technology professional from consultative to executive roles. Throughout his career he recognized the importance of relationships and a sense of purpose in the effective performance of organizations. This recognition evolved into a set of skills related to strategic planning and organizational development. He soon recognized how these principles coalesced with theological values that extol the need for common vision, values, and meaning. This led him to an academic pursuit resulting in a Master of Pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University New Orleans, with an emphasis on spirituality in the workplace and marketplace ministry.