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young adult retreat @ St Vincent DePaul Seminary

January 30, 2010 1 comment

First time ever, the seminarians at St Vincent DePaul Regional Seminary in Boyton Beach, FL led a retreat open for young adult of the Palm Beach Diocese.  I heard about it through my friends on FaceBook.  It was a Spirit-filled retreat … simple schedule … 3 seminarian testimonies … deep small group discussion … Benediction & Adoration … and lots of social time.

Even though I couldn’t stay for the whole retreat, I’m grateful to have been invited and grateful to see by brother seminarians at their finest at “home.”

Hopefully, with their great turnout, they can do more events to not only reach out to the community, but keep vocations on everyone’s minds and prayers!

See the Florida Catholic article that promoted the events.

Here’s some pictures I took of their beautiful chapel on campus:

clean heart for the old man

September 20, 2008 Leave a comment

We started a “Day of Recollection” silent retreat last night with one talk followed by a Holy Hour with Benediction, Adoration & Confession.  The leader of the retreat is Fr Oscar Alonzo, a wise religious priest who teaches at Cardinal Gibbons High School (among many other things).  Here are some notes I jotted down for reflection:

1. When plans change, take it as God’s providence.

2. “Through Him, with Him, and in Him …”

3.  Behind every great man is a great woman.

4.  Pray for a “clean heart” for the “old man.”

5.  Heart is driven by (1) power of love or (2) love of power.

6.  As we reflect on our vocational journey, identify WHO was an instrument of your vocation? 

7.  Use Scripture models: Abraham (Gen 12+), Moses (Ex 3), Isaiah (6), Jeremiah (1), and Mary (Luke 2)

Jesus? + tomacco + retreat starts

Bart eating TomaccoMASS – (Fr Michael) — feast of “Most Holy Name of Jesus.”  Homily was a reminder of 2 questions that we were asked at the beginning of the school year.  Deceptively simple … but not easy to answer (if you’re honest).  (1) Do you believe in Jesus?  (2) Is your life different because of it?  … Yes … ummm … I think so … ummm … retreat time! 

DAY DOTS — breakfast Tomacco — newspaper — 11am Rector Orientation — lunch [pan] spill — book sale — TV Hauntings

Navy SEALs retreat

October 20, 2007 Leave a comment

St John Vianney College SeminaryToday’s silent retreat was led by Fr Peter, a Dominican priest from the New England area.  Using the analogy that seminary training is like Navy SEAL training, we had 5 sessions, each highlighting essential aspects of the priesthood.

Navy SEAL training1.  Holy Eucharist is the center of our lives.

2.  Virtues of “generosity & self-sacrifice” are essential for true “fatherhood.”

3.  Virtue of “truthfulness” must be lived and preached.

4.  “The sanctity & dignity of human life” must be preached, especially now.

5.  Our prayer life should include (1) the Blessed Sacrament and (2) a devotion to Mary.   

break over + retreat begins

October 19, 2007 Leave a comment

Tonight, I’m back in seminary … mid-semester break is over.  Tonight, we also begin a 3-day silent retreat until Sunday morning Mass.  Compline (night prayer) @ 10pm … got to go!  — Be holy!

Y.E.S. Retreat video

September 1, 2007 Leave a comment

YES 2007 GroupI can’t seem to install my Pinnacle video editing software on my laptop to finish editing the Y.E.S. Retreat video.  I’ll have to finish it on break in October.  Sorry for the delay, everyone!

For status of the Y.E.S. Retreat video, the MASTER LIST of YES event links is HERE.

Y.E.S. Retreat video

July 18, 2007 2 comments

YES 2007 GroupI just finished editing DAY #2 and added 42 more pictures!

For status of the Y.E.S. Retreat video, the MASTER LIST of YES event links is HERE.