Tuesday, October 1, 2013

John Ebel and Michael Bowen, Diaconate Formation in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, October 4, 2013

The St. Thomas More Lawyers Society will have its monthly First Friday Mass and Meeting this Friday, October 4, 2013. This month’s speakers will be Deacons John Ebel and Michael Bowen who will discuss the topic of diaconate formation in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

John Ebel received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Seton Hall University, has been married for 31 years and spent the first twenty years of his work life as an Industrial Microbiologist. Following studies at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee, he was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 1996 and completed a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Studies from the Seminary in 2004. John has been a Pastoral Associate at St. Bernadette Parish in Milwaukee and is now the Director of the Office of Diaconate Formation with the Archdiocese. John has served in a myriad of ministries, which he can share with us.

Mike Bowen, a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP who has practiced law in Milwaukee since 1976, was ordained to the diaconate in 2012 and assigned to parish ministry at St. Monica’s in Whitefish Bay. He has been active for many years with Wisconsin Right to Life, and represented one of the defendants in a 1980’s case arising out of the blockade of an abortion clinic. A graduate of Rockhurst College (Jesuit university, Kansas City, Missouri) and Harvard Law School, where he served on the Law Review. He is one of the co-authors of the State Bar Treatise on the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law, and the author of the article on the American Legal System in the Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Fiction, several articles on legal and political topics in a variety of publications, and sixteen published novels.

Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 A.M. in the Chapel of St. Edmund Campion, located on the 4th floor of Eckstein Hall. Mass will be followed by a meeting and discussion from 8:00-9:00 A.M., which includes a continental breakfast (suggested donation $4.00). Parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure. (Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, take the elevator to main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the welcome desk to get your parking ticket validated.