A Spiritual Retreat





Frs Hugh Joyeau (left) and Wilfred John enjoy a chat at the retreat, while Frs Ken Assing and Ferdinand Warner OP sit in the background looking out to sea. Photo Fr Michael Cockburn.
Frs Hugh Joyeau (left) and Wilfred John enjoy a chat at the retreat, while Frs Ken Assing and Ferdinand Warner OP sit in the background looking out to sea. Photo Fr Michael Cockburn.
Priests of the archdiocese took some time off from their regular duties and journeyed to Mayaro for a spiritual retreat, between September 30 and October 3. Prayer, sharing the Word and reflecting on the spiritual life were all key features of the exercise – but just spending time with one another was another major element of the retreat. Some 28 priests participated in the retreat which had as its overall theme “Sharing the Spirit”. Reflections by one member each of the Carmelite, Dominican and the Fransalian communities, the diocesan fathers and the Fraternity of Priests (a movement active in the archdiocese since 1987) gave the retreat its basic structure and offered the priests a deeper appreciation of one another's spirituality.
It was the first retreat for priests of the archdiocese since the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the inauguration of Pope Francis, whose recent interview, A Big Heart Open to God, offered another point of significant discussion and deep

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