For my first retreat I was able to focus on an ancient process of prayer in the church stemming from the monastic tradition, a way of praying with the Bible called lectio divina. I had been wanting for some time to teach in a prayerful context this wonderful and time proven method of prayer to people who want to learn, to know and to love the Bible more and to be well prepared for the Sunday liturgy by praying over the readings, especially the Gospel.
It was a great opportunity to meet people from around the diocese and to spend some quality time in prayer, silence and a little time for conversation and the sacraments of confession and anointing of the sick.
On this 60th anniversary of the retreat house, we owe a lot to the Lord for the many good things accomplished in this beautiful place, but we also must realize that it needs the support of many more people attending retreats in order to break even financially. If you have never made a retreat, it is a good idea to do so next year as it can truly be a blessing for your life.
Many of our priests and guest retreat masters provide hours of their personal time and preparation for their retreats. The staff, many of whom are volunteers, is under the capable direction of Barb Conder, who really has a heart for the retreat house and helps to provide a hospitable and prayerful environment for retreatants. My special thanks also go to the Board of Directors and most especially to the Board of Trustees, which is working mightily to move the retreat house into a better position attendance-wise and financially.
Here again is one of those great treasures in our own back yard that the Catholics of the diocese are not taking full advantage of. Next summer, give yourself a real treat and spend a few days at Holy Name. May the Holy Name of Jesus guide and protect this diocese and most especially this retreat house, designated to the glory of his Holy Name.