Retreats and Missions

Advent Mission

iMercy: The Divine Hotspot

A parish mission directed by Fr. Bill Garrott, OP

November 26, 27 and 28, 2018
Assumption Church

Monday Evening: iMercy: The Father Blesses
Tuesday Evening: iMercy: The Son Heals
Wednesday Evening: iMercy: The Spirit Strengthens

Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Dominican Friars have been proclaiming the truth of God’s Word for over 800 years in order to bring Catholics and those who have drifted from the Faith into a personal encounter with living Christ Who reveals the unconditional love of our heavenly Father. The iMercy mission is a unique, grace-filled evangelical moment in the life of parish led by Dominican Friars which aims to help parishioners enter more deeply into the love of the Holy Trinity and experience God’s merciful touch through the Sacraments.

Monday evening’s preaching focuses on the unconditional love of the Father and concludes with an invitation to anyone, especially families (intact, broken, troubled, struggling, separated by distance, etc.) to receive a special blessing with the Oil of St. Joseph from the Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal

Tuesday evening’s preaching focuses on the remedy the Father provides for us in His Son Jesus Who sets us free from sin, enables us to forgive and gives meaning to our suffering. The evening concludes with an invitation for those in need of healing (physical, emotional, spiritual) to adore our Eucharistic Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

Wednesday evening’s preaching focuses on the power of the Holy Spirit which enables us to live the Christian life and propels us to be witnesses of Jesus Christ in the world. The evening concludes with a sending forth blessing utilizing a first class relic of St. John Paul II taken from his blood-soaked sash from the day he was shot.


iMercy Preacher: Fr. William “Bill” Garrott, OP

Fr. Bill Garrott was born and raised in Hagerstown, Maryland. He is the youngest of eight children. He received a bachelor of science in chemistry from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. Fr. Bill entered the Order of Preachers in 1988 and was ordained for the Dominicans in 1994. He is a member of the Province of St. Joseph based in New York City. He has a master’s degree in spiritual theology from the Angelicum in Rome. He has served as a parochial vicar, campus minister and director of vocations, and has preached over 100 parish missions throughout the United States and Canada using his musical abilities. His home base is Charlottesville, VA, where the Dominican Friars staff a parish and run the Catholic campus ministry for the University of Virginia.