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Vespers at Lourdes with Tom Johnson

September 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Join us for our first Vespers at Lourdes of the fall 2018 session!

Our fall and spring sessions offer our full Vespers experience: First, an opportunity for solemn prayer and recollection in adoration of the living God in the church. Then, drinks and hors d’oeuvres are served downstairs and a guest speaker presents a reflection on a Catholic vision of life in today’s modern, secular world.

This September 13, Tom Johnson will help us reflect together on the difficult but important topic of clergy abuse and accountability.



7:00 pm – Confessions available in the church

7:30 pm – Exposition, chanted evening prayer, and silent adoration

8:10 pm – Benediction

8:15 pm – Drinks and hors d’oeuvres available downstairs

8:30 pm – Presentation by Tom Johnson, “The Clergy Abuse Scandal and Greater Accountability”

9:00 pm – Formal conclusion


Tom Johnson is an attorney at Gray Plant Mooty in Minneapolis, and this year was named ombudsman for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in support of clergy abuse victim survivors, appointed jointly by the archdiocese and the Ramsey County attorney’s office. He and his wife, Victoria (herself a one-time Vespers presenter), are parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes.

In his independent ombudsman role, and by virtue ofhis decades of work advocating for the vulnerable, Tom is in a unique position to soberly assess the clergy abuse crisis as it pertains to the local Church here in the Twin Cities. Tom’s presentation will explain what the local Church is doing to address the problem of clergy abuse, what steps are being taken to ensure new abuse doesn’t occur and that abusers are dealt with properly, and what attendees can do to help.

You can read more about Tom and his ombudsman role in articles published in the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune.


All young adults ages 21-35 are welcome. Summer business casual dress is kindly requested. There is no cost to attend, although we do encourage a $5 donation per person per month to help us sustain our work.

Please also join us next month with special guest Leah Libresco. Save the dates for the entire fall session:

  • September 13 – Tom Johnson
  • October 11 – Leah Libresco
  • November 8 – TBA
  • December 13 – TBA


September 13, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church


Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
1 Lourdes Place
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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