Three speakers known nationally for their effective and memorable presentations and faith-filled messages plan to appear at retreats in Old Town, Auburn and Bangor in October and November, according to a news release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

Dr. Scott Hahn in Old Town
The Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord will host “The Riches of Our Faith” with Dr. Scott Hahn from 8 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. All are welcome to attend the gathering at Holy Family Church at 429 Main St. in Old Town. Hahn delivers talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith, helping thousands of Protestants and fallen away Catholics to re(embrace) the Catholic faith.

Hahn has been awarded the Fr. Michael Scanlan, T.O.R., Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. He is a bestselling author of more than 40 titles and the founder of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a nonprofit research and educational institute that promotes life-transforming Scripture study in the Catholic tradition.

To register for Hahn’s presentation, visit

Fr. Bill Garrott in Auburn

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish will present “iMercy: The Divine Hotspot” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 3-5, at St. Philip Church, 2365 Turner Road in Auburn.


Garrott’s retreat themes include “The Father Blesses,” “The Son Heals,” and “The Spirit Strengthens.”

After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and working several years in the field of technology transfer, Garrott entered the Order of Preachers in 1988. After six years of spiritual and academic formation, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1994.

He uses piano and guitar to preach and present parish missions, weekend retreats, days of recollection, and various youth events.

“I think many people are distracted by technology. My mission is to get people to read the Scripture and I think music functions as a backdoor to the soul,” said Garrott.

For more information on the event, call the parish at 207-782-8096.

Fr. Larry Richards in Bangor
St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Bangor will host Fr. Larry Richards for a four-day mission from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Nov. 7-10, at St. John’s Catholic Church, 217 York St.


A nationally-known presenter, author, and TV and radio host, Richards has conducted hundreds of parish missions, conferences and retreats. In 2014 and 2021, respectively, his four-day presentation at Good Shepherd Parish in Saco and Prince of Peace Parish in Lewiston drew standing-room-only crowds.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1989 for the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, Richards speaks from his experiences as a pastor of an inner-city parish, a high school chaplain, and a counselor. His book “Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be!” is a No. 1 best seller for Ignatius Press.

He is the host of The Reason for Our Hope and Open Line on EWTN and Changed Forever with Father Larry Richards on Relevant Radio. He is also the founder of the Reason for Our Hope Foundation.

For more information about Richards’ visit to Bangor, call the parish at 207-217-6740 or visit


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