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‘Friends of the Cross’ Lenten retreat

Father Cyza’s Feb. 27 - March 1 retreat based on theology of St. Louis de Montfort

WAVERLY (SNR) - Father Mark Cyza, pastor at St. Benedict Parish in Nebraska City and principal at Lourdes Central, will give a weekend Lenten retreat for men and women Feb. 27-March 1.

The theme for the retreat, “Friends of the Cross” is based on the theology (and book by the same name) of St. Louis de Montfort and his Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. Following similar retreats from past years: “United with the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,” and “Consoling the Heart of Jesus,” this retreat will examine how Catholics can consecrate everything, even the suffering in their lives, to Jesus through Mary.

On the retreat, Father Cyza will examine the redemptive meaning of suffering, and how the cross changes everything. The retreat will be a chance to ponder how suffering has been transformed.

“It really shows the power of God,” Father Cyza said, “to see the the cross transformed into something beautiful in the Resurrection.”

Ordained in 2005, Father Cyza was an assistant pastor at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln and at St. Mary Parish in Nebraska City. He has always been involved in teaching and schools, and also the Spanish-speaking apostolate. He said he gives a retreat each year because he believes it is an important opportunity for all to experience.

“The silence of the retreat enables us to hear the voice of Jesus as he speaks to our heart,” Father Cyza said. “The retreat time helps facilitate that encounter with Christ.”

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. Each retreat includes meditations by the retreat master, and opportunities for silence, prayer, adoration and the Sacraments. Retreats typically begin with a Rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. on Friday, and end with Mass on Sunday, followed by lunch.

To see the full retreat schedule, and register online, visit www.goodcounselretreat.com, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-786-2705. 

Other upcoming Lenten retreats include a March 13-15 retreat for men with Father Troy Schweiger, “A Man after God’s own Heart,” and March 27-29 (Palm Sunday) for men and women with Father Gary Coulter, “Discipleship in Mark.”

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