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Society of St. Paul and Institute of Jesus the Priest go on retreat in the Poconos

To kick off the month of June, members of the Society St. Paul USA and the Institute of Jesus the Priest traveled the winding roads and gentle hills of the Poconos mountains to arrive at the Villa of Our Lady for a week long retreat. The retreat leader was Fr. Matthew Roehrig, Provincial of the Society of St. Paul.

Every morning after Morning Prayer and before the Morning Conference, the retreat participants sang the hymn Wake the World with Dawning Joy.  The song highlighted our call to “See the world in a different Way” and “walk the world in a Holy Way” and to “teach the world in miraculous ways”.

Fr. Matthew, in his conferences, took us through 3 documents. The first was the Encyclical of Pope Francis entitled The Joy of the Gospel. The Second was the First Letter of the Superior General Fr. Valdir Jose de Castro to the Society of St. Paul. The third and final letter which took up the bulk of thje Conferences was the Encyclical of Pope St. John Paul II, Vita Consecrata (the Consecrated Life).

The schedule format we followed each day was the following:

  • 7:30 am    Morning Prayer
  • 8:00 am   Breakfast
  • 9:00 am   Morning Conference
  • 11:00 am  Holy Mass
  • 12:00 pm  Lunch
  • 2:30 pm  Afternoon Conference
  • 4:00 pm The Visit (Eucharistic Holy Hour)
  • 5:30 pm  Dinner

Free time was available for Spiritual Reading, Meditation, Rosary, Exercise and Fellowship.

Below are some pictures from the retreat

Villa of Our Lady

Villa of Our Lady

 

All the Brothers and Priests on Retreat

All the Brothers and Priests on Retreat

 

Fr. Matthew giving the Benediction

Fr. Matthew giving the Benediction

 

Fr. Matthew leading Exposition

Fr. Matthew leading Exposition

 

Fr. Ed leading the celebration of Mass

Fr. Ed leading the celebration of Mass

 

Brother Edward and Fr. Sebastian entering into meditation

Brother Edward and Fr. Sebastian entering into meditation

 

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Sacred Heart hovering over Brother Joseph and Brother Zbigniew

 

Brother Edward and Fr. Jeff taking notes on their Tablets

Brother Edward and Fr. Jeff taking notes on their Tablets. Or, playing games 🙂

 

Brother Pete and Fr. Ed having a laugh

Brother Pete and Fr. Ed having a laugh

 

Adoration of the Divine Master

Adoration of the Divine Master

 

The Retreat was a beautiful Experience for everyone. This was the first time that members of the Jesus Priest Institute have been on retreat with members of the Society of St. Paul. It is a gift to be members of the same Spiritual Family.

Praise be Jesus Christ!

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