Author: John Ostenburg

Church front with tall steeple

Op-Ed: Closing St. Irenaeus Solves Nothing

CommentaryBy John Ostenburg I am deeply saddened to hear of St. Irenaeus closing, in large part because I think the parish had developed something of a unique community-oriented process of worship that made it a site of welcome to Catholics of varied spiritual perspectives. I think traditionalists felt welcomed, as[Read More…]

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Another Example of Racial Inequity in Access to Health Services

CommentaryBy John A. Ostenburg Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- A few days ago, I heard Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University in Washington, D.C., being interviewed regarding the high number of African Americans who are succumbing to the COVID-19 virus. In addition to being an academic, President Frederick is[Read More…]

Participants in the Climate Change program at St. Irenaeus on June 23, 2019

More Than 300 Attend St. Irenaeus Climate Program

PARK FOREST, IL-(ENEWSPF)- More than 300 persons gathered at St. Irenaeus Church in Park Forest on June 23 for a program sponsored by the Park Forest People of Faith, “Climate Change: The Issues, The Challenges, The Consequences.” The encyclical of Pope Francis, “Laudato Si,” was put forth as the impetus[Read More…]

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Tom Skilling to Headline Park Forest Climate Forum

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- WGN-TV/Channel 9 meteorologist Tom Skilling will be the keynote speaker for a public forum on “Climate Change: The Issues, the Consequences, the Challenges” at St. Irenaeus Church in Park Forest on June 23. The church is located at the corner of Indianwood Boulevard and Orchard Drive and[Read More…]