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Rector of St. Ann's

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Annual Solemn Novena to St. Ann
St. Ann’s Shrine Basilica, Scranton, PA
July 17 to July 26

Novena Preachers:
Bishop Neil Tiedemann, C.P. & Father Cedric Pisegna, C.P.

Mass & Novena: 8:00 & 11:45 AM, 5:30 & 7:30 PM, 3:30 PM, (Novena only)
Confessions before & after each service

Special Liturgies & Novena Services
Byzantine Divine Liturgy: Wednesday, July 20, 4:30 PM

Mass of the Anointing of the Sick: Friday, July 22, 1:30 PM

Children’s Mass: Saturday, July 23, 10:00AM

Spanish Mass: Saturday, July 23, 1:30 PM

All Night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Vigil of the Feast of St. Ann
Monday, July 25Th, Beginning at 9:00 PM

St Ann’s Feast Day: Tuesday, July 26

Confessions: 4:00 AM
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament: 4:15 AM
Mass & Novena Prayers : 4:30 AM

Mass & Novena: 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 & 11:45 AM, 5:30 PM
3:30 PM, (Novena only)

Special Feast Day Language Masses & Novena Prayers

Slovak: 12:30 PM: Our Lady of the Angels Garden Chapel
Polish: 1:15 PM: Upper Basilica
Italian: 1:30 PM: Lower Basilica
Lithuanian: 3:45 PM: Lower Basilica
Portuguese: 4:30 PM: Our Lady of the Angels Garden Chapel

Pontifical Closing Mass
7:30 PM
Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.
Bishop of Scranton

Buses welcome,
Plenty of parking, transportation available from your car to the Basilica.
Beautiful outdoor Stations of the Cross, Our Lady of the Angels Prayer Garden,
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 1-3 PM.
Delicious food available at St. Ann’s Basilica Parish Food Stand,
Full course dinners on Sunday the 17th & 24th, & St. Ann’s Feast Day July 26th

Novena Preachers

Rev. Cedric Pisegna, C.P. is a Passionist priest who professed vows in September of 1985. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Mass. at Amherst with B.S. in Social Work and a minor in Business. In addition, he has studied Philosophy at Southern Illinois University and has studied Speech and Drama at Northwestern University in Chicago. Fr. Cedric graduated from the Catholic Theological Union at Chicago in May 1990 receiving his Master of Divinity degree with Bible Specialization. He was ordained a priest on June 29, 1991.

Presently, Fr. Cedric preaches retreats and missions throughout the United States and Canada ministering out of the Passionist retreat complex in Houston, Texas. He has preached over 300 parish missions (retreats for the whole church) for some 20 years. In 1987 he studied Scripture in Israel and Greece and has led pilgrimages there in 1995, 1999, and 2002. In the fall of 2003, he studied theology at the North American College in Rome, Italy. He presently has a TV program “Live with Passion!” airing in many cities including New York, Boston, Houston, Los Angeles and Orlando. His radio program “Live with Passion!” airs on radio in many markets including Radio Maria. Fr. Cedric has produced a number of CD series and DVD’s on Christian living. He has also authored fifteen books: Live Passionately!, Glorious Holy Spirit, Thy Kingdom Come!, You Can Change, Death: The Final Surrender, Come Encounter Jesus, Golf and God, Eucharist: A Living Sacrifice, God’s Not Boring!, A Retreat with Fr. Cedric, He Touched Me, You Can Be Happy, Kept in Christ, Seasons of Life and The Sacred Walk.
Fr. Cedric Pisegna’s website:

Most Rev. Neil E. Tiedemann, C.P., D.D. is the Bishop of Mandeville, & Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Montego Bay, Jamaica, West Indies. Bishop Neil was born in Brooklyn NY and raised on Long Island. He joined the Passionists in 1962, professed his vows as a Passionist in 1971 and was ordained a priest in 1975. After ordination he ministered in Catholic Charities in the Brooklyn Diocese and as a Parochial Vicar at Immaculate Conception Monastery Church in Jamaica, NY. He then was assigned to parish ministry in Union City, NJ and Springfield, MA , primarily working in Hispanic communities. He was a missionary in Honduras from 1987-1994 and again from 2005 to 2006. During his time in Honduras Bishop Neil helped found Casa Passionista for AIDS patients in Honduras. He was also responsible for the construction of two parish churches in Tegucigalpa. He was Administrator of Visitation Parish in Brooklyn from 1998 to 2005. In 2006 he was elected Provincial Consultor for St. Paul of the Cross Province. It was during his time on the Provincial Council that he was appointed Bishop by Pope Benedict XVI in May of 2006. He was ordained and installed as Bishop of Mandeville on August 6th, 2006. He is the Treasurer of the Antilles Episcopal Conference. This is Bishop Neil’s first time at St. Ann’s Solemn Novena.