Lent is a wonderful time to experience Christ’s love and deepen our love for Him. EWTN’s Lenten Retreat at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, AL provided the friars and EWTN employees a wonderful opportunity to rejuvenate their prayer life and strengthen their relationship with the Lord.

This year’s Retreat Director was Fr. Brett Brannen from the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia. He was an excellent speaker with many years of experience in pastoral ministry and seminary formation.

Fr. Brett Brannen was ordained a priest in 1991 for the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary with an M.Div and an MA-Theology; Sacred Scripture. He has served as pastor of five different parishes and was diocesan vocation director for 10 years. From 2005-2011, he was the vice rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. Fr. Brannen has preached many diocesan priest retreats around the U.S., as well as retreats for seminaries, discernment retreats for men and parish missions. He has taught a course on the Identity of the Diocesan Priest at The Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, NE for the last 10 years and he preaches an annual retreat for priests with the Theology of the Body Institute. He is the author of “To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood” and “A Priest in the Family: A Guide for Parents Whose Sons are Considering Priesthood.” Fr. Brannen is currently the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Savannah, Georgia.




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