The Friars returned from their five day annual canonical retreat refreshed and rejuvenated.  

They all gathered at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament’s priest retreat house on Sunday January 6, 2020.  Most of them arrived exhausted and ready for a quiet break.  The Shrine’s wooded and secluded landscapes provides a peaceful and prayerful retreat experience.   

Fr. Mariusz Koch, CFR was this year’s retreat director.   He is a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.  His talks focused on Franciscan communal life and charism, personal holiness, prayer, the cross, and consecrated life.  Father enlightened and inspired the friars with his wisdom, knowledge and divine insights.  

The silent retreat day begins with praying the divine office and morning prayer, breakfast,  morning talk, break, Mass and midday prayer, lunch, afternoon break, evening prayer, dinner, evening talk, free time and bedtime.   During breaks the friars engage in extra prayer, rest, spiritual reading and exercise.  The five day retreat ends with a solemn Mass at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament’s main sanctuary.  

The friars are grateful to the Lord for providing them rest and for Fr. Mauriusz ministry to us.  They are now ready for another year of charitable service to God and neighbor.  

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