Growing in relationship to God and our community

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Growing in relationship to God and our community

On Sunday, August 5, some 50 Holy Cross Brothers and the Brothers’ chaplain, Fr.  Bob  Gilmour,  C.S.C.,  came  together  at  the  District  Center  in  Brafoyaw  for  their  annual  retreat.    It  began  with  the  opening  remarks  by  Br.  Michael  Amakyi, C.S.C., District Superior followed by dinner and then Evening Prayer. The  Retreat  Master  was  Fr.  Philip  Taylor,  S.P.,  who  is  Vicar  General  of  the  Congregation of the Servants of the Paraclete (photo at right).The key theme of the retreat conferences were “that only by receiving the love, compassion and forgiveness of God can we religious grow into our calling and grow in our relationship with God and with our fellow brothers.” Fr. Taylor is currently assigned with two professed brothers to found a community of their congregation here in Ghana.

Perhaps not many in our own Congregation are aware that the relatively young Paraclete congregation was founded by  Holy  Cross  priest,  Fr.  Gerald  Fitzgerald,  C.S.C.,  in  New  Mexico.   

Another  of  their  priests,  Fr.  Raymond  Gunzel, S.P., was a former member of Holy Cross, and will join Fr. Taylor in Ghana next month — small world! Fr. Philip presented a morning conference, except for the first morning, which  was  a  quiet  time  for  all  to  settle  in  and  orient  themselves  to  the  retreat.  The  quiet  period  extended  throughout  the  length  of  the  retreat,  even  at  meal  times.  He  also  gave  relatively  lengthy  homilies  along  with  his  celebration  of  the  Eucharist.

 A   highlight   of   the   retreat,   as   expressed by many in attendance, was the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament   each   day   following   the   morning   conference   until   shortly  before  the  evening  Mass  at  5:00  p.m.   

Veneration  of  the  Blessed   Sacrament   was   up   to   the discretion of the individual retreatant. A formal Holy Hour, with all present, was held at 3:00 p.m. All prayed together the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, which has a repetitive invocation to God, Father of Mercy of the Rosary “beads.”The retreat ended following the evening Mass on Friday, but all remained at the Center for the next day to honor our deceased Holy Cross members of the District.

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