Friday, January 29, 2016

DAY 20 to DAY 25: ASSISI - Days of Retreat (Sat Jan 23 to Thur Jan 28)

ABOVE:  Tomb of the mortal remains of St. Francis of Assisi.

ABOVE:  View of the Basilica of San Francesco which contains the tomb of the Saint.

Our retreat leader was a priest named Rev. Thomas Dunavan of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska.  He was ordained to the Priesthood in 1998 and currently serves as a pastor in his Diocese.

Our days:

  • 8 AM Morning Prayer 
  • 8:15 Breakfast  
  • 9 First conference of the day 
  • 11:30 Mass
  • 1 PM Lunch
  • 5:30 Evening Prayer
  • 5:45 Second conference
  • 7 Dinner
  • 8 Holy Hour

The retreat was a great experience! The Lord really helped me to see that He will reward our efforts no matter how small or how large they are, even if we can't see the rewards.  The Blessed Mother helped show me this through seeing her suffering at the foot of the cross and then seeing her in glory with her Son, being crowned as Queen of heaven and earth.  I will be ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on May 28th this spring.  Dcn Joe Zabinski

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