Lisa Hlass

jmatthewsPriest, Retired

Retired Priest


The Great Commandment to love God and neighbor lies at the core of our Judeo-Christian tradition and of my call to the priesthood. It is as relevant as ever in our world of suffering and brokenness, and it begins within each of us and within our communities of faith and action. I love working with others to discern their call to vocation and service. I am called to sacramental and liturgical ministry, to prayer, spiritual formation, social justice activism, and to an ever-deeper understanding of the priesthood of all believers.

I am also an evangelist who enjoys learning new ways to tell an ancient and wonderful story. Along with St. Francis, who is attributed with saying, “Preach the Gospel always, use words if necessary,” poet Mary Oliver sums it up for me: Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.