Appropriately, Bishop Michael Sis prefaced the Ash Wednesday liturgy with a bit of education.

Appropriate because the setting was Logsdon Chapel at Baptist-affiliated Hardin-Simmons University.

The education and the liturgy would be repeated later in the day at United Methodist McMurry University and at Abilene Christian University, with ties to the Churches of Christ. Before the actual Imposition of Ashes rite began at Hardin-Simmons, Sis chose to explain the significance of Ash Wednesday and the 40-day season of Lent that Ash Wednesday ushers in.

“It helps you understand what these crazy Catholics are all about,” Sis said

Read Loretta Fulton‘s article in the Abilene Reporter-news.


Bishop Michael Sis, bottom photo, visited Abilene’s three universities for Ash Wednesday services. The top photo on the left was taken at Hardin-Simmons University: Back row left to right: Patrick Reed (ACU student), Jeric Smith (HSU), Bishop Sis, Cotton Carter (HSU). Front row left to right: Maria Hernandez (ACU) and Gerald Zuniga (ACU). Top right photos show McMurry students Ely Rodriguez, top, and Garrett Hurst, bottom. Bottom right photo shows Bishop Sis with Abilene Christian University student Gerald Zuniga. Bottom left photo shows the Knights of Columbus at McMurry. Middle left photo show Sis with ACU student Patrick Reed. Photos by Loretta Fulton

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