WAVERLY (SNR) - Father Gary Coulter will offer a weekend retreat at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly Feb. 21-23, on the topic of “Holiness in Matthew,” for men and women of all ages.
The retreat will be a reflection on various passages and stories in the Gospel of Matthew, such as the figure of St. Joseph, the parables on the Kingdom of God, and the Sermon on the Mount.
At the heart of the Beatitudes is the theme for Matthew’s entire Gospel: “Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt. 5:48) So, Father Coulter said, “Is holiness truly a real possibility for each one of us?” (Matthew’s Gospel is also the focus of each Sunday’s Gospel readings during this Year A of the Lectionary.)
Ordained in 1999, Father Coulter is the new director of Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House. He spent the last nine years as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Ashland and St. Joseph Parish in Greenwood. He has a degree in Canon Law and works on the diocesan tribunal and as co-vicar for religious of the Diocese of Lincoln. He was an assistant at St. Patrick and Blessed Sacrament parishes in Lincoln and taught at Pius X High School.
Father Coulter, in his work at the retreat house, said he has seen firsthand the many powerful experiences of God’s presence that occur when we make time for the Lord and the commitment of a 40-hour weekend to be on retreat.
“Retreats provide a place for peaceful prayer and recollection, guided meditations, listening to scripture, adoration and the sacraments, especially Mass and Confessions,” he said.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House offers a peaceful atmosphere of prayer and recollection, situated on a spacious acreage near Waverly. The facility includes 50 single rooms, each with a private bath. Retreats typically begin with Mass at 8:15 p.m. on Friday evening, and end with Mass on Sunday, followed by lunch. The suggested donation for a retreat is $170.
The next upcoming retreat will be Feb. 28 through March 2 with Father Mark Cyza, on “The Hearts of Jesus and Mary.”