A Fisherman On K Street

Nov 2, 2017 | The Catholic Thing

This column is adapted from remarks delivered on October 26, 2017, at the Catholic Information Center dinner in Washington, D.C. The occasion was the honoring of former CIC director Rev. Arne Panula, who died on July 19, 2017, and was posthumously given the CIC’s annual John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization.

During his last couple of months among us, I was privileged to share a number of conversations with Fr. Arne about all manner of subjects. Tonight I’d like to relay one anecdote that seemed especially evocative of his mission among us, one that explains why this room overflows tonight to honor his memory.

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