Participants find spiritual retreat evangelising, inspiring

Faith

A SPIRITUAL retreat for diocesan priests and sisters of Jesus has been described as reflective, inspiring and evangelising by participants.
According to the Catholic Bishops Conference (CBC), 17 participants were joined online by confreres to enable them to listen, reflect and reach out to evangelise.
Preacher of the retreat provincial superior Fr Gregorio Bicomong invited the participants to spend time away from all distractions.
“Stop, listen and reflect on what God is calling each one of you to do,” he said.
“The multimedia presentations with sound clips and a hand out at the end of each session, the well animated Eucharistic celebrations, adorations and good nights and the interaction among the confreres contributed to a fruitful retreat,” CBC social communication secretary Fr Ambrose Pereira said.
“The moments and the sacraments were occasions to share in prayer their joys, struggles and challenges.”
A diocesan priest Fr Michael Morando said he was pleased to be part of the retreat with Salesian Brothers.
“I feel evangelised by your kindness and brotherhood,” he said.
“Being alone as parish priest, I utterly appreciate community and family life,” he said.
Fr Clifford Morris reflected that the Lectio Divina was filled with information and each participant had a lot of room for reflection.
“The rich information has challenged us not to be preoccupied in our own world,” he said.
Br Conrad Vamilat said the retreat encouraged him to contemplate his Salesian identity.
“The Lord has been shepherding us in order that we gain strength to shepherd the sheep in schools and parishes,” he said.
Sr Mi Jung Kim said: “The retreat has led me to lay down my preconceived views and see the issues that surround us through God’s eyes.”
“I am grateful for the invitation to be part of this retreat.
“The beautiful liturgy, the delicious meals and the moments of prayer have been very enriching, it has been a challenge that has helped me understand my mission.”