Pastoral Care Ministry Annual Day of Retreat & Spiritual Renewal

Posted on March 23, 2019 by Jennifer Mele under Pastoral Care Ministry, Presentation
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On June 12,2019,  people from around our diocese involved in Pastoral Care Ministry, gathered at Carondelet Hospitality Center in Latham for the annual pastoral care day of retreat & spiritual renewal.  Guest Presenter Fr. Eugene (Red) O’Reilly C.Ss.R. engaged the retreatants with stories, prayer, song, ritual and humor, speaking on the topic of Jesus’ Transforming Power of Humility.  Fr. O’Reilly is a Redemptorist priest from Canada.

The day included talks, group sharing,  prayer /quiet time, Liturgy, and lunch along with singing and laughter.  One retreatant shared the following afterwards

“- It was truly a wonderful day. As I drove home from the retreat and later in the evening, I reflected on all he said. While on the surface the message was cloaked in lighthearted words, the depth of the spirituality gave me many things to think about. Some retreats renew and validate what we are doing and that’s good. We all need that. But this retreat for me made me look deeper and to realize once again that God is always there to guide me if I let Him . To remove those outer garments each time I visit someone is to place my hand in God’s and let him use and guide me through each visit – not my way but His.”

The retreat also included a delicious complimentary lunch sponsored by St. Peter’s Health Partners, St. Mary’s Healthcare, Amsterdam and Ellis Hospital, Schenectady.

Thank you so much for another lovely retreat day!

2 Responses to Pastoral Care Ministry Annual Day of Retreat & Spiritual Renewal

  1. Avatar Rosemary Burns says:

    .Fr.Eugene was the best retreat master I have ever had. Within the laughter was a very profound message about what Pastoral care is all about in a nutshell. I will always remember his words as I do my mimistry, I am washing the feet of Jesus. So profound and deep!!! Great choice!!

    • Avatar Jennifer Mele says:

      Ms. Burns,
      We are delighted to hear you enjoyed Fr. Eugene’s presentation and that his words will continue to help in your ministry. Thank you for sharing with us!

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