Father Coulter to present ‘Discipleship in Mark’ March 27-29
WAVERLY (SNR) - Father Gary Coulter will give a Palm Sunday weekend retreat March 27-29 on the theme Discipleship in Mark.
The retreat will be based on the Gospel of Mark, which is read each Sunday in Year B of the Lectionary, as read through the lens of “Forming Intentional Disciples” by Sherry Weddell. In this retreat, the Gospel of Mark will lead participants through the process of conversion and surrender needed to form a living, active relationship with Jesus Christ. Weddell will help demonstrate the importance of being intentional as a disciple, going through the five thresholds of conversion to personally encounter Jesus and become a full disciple.
A priest for 15 years and director of Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, Father Coulter was an assistant at St. Patrick and Blessed Sacrament parishes in Lincoln and taught at Pius X High School. He spent nine years as pastor in Ashland and 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.
Father Coulter said he sees retreats as “an occasion to renew our sacraments of initiation, realizing the gift and call of our Baptism and Confirmation, to better appreciate the power of the Holy Spirit unleashed anew each time we receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.”
“Faith is a journey,” he said. “We cannot remain where we are, because Jesus calls us to always learn to know Him more, to love and follow him more, so that we might experience His closeness, His friendship, His love. Making time for a retreat helps us do that.”
Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House offers 50 single rooms, each with a private bath, and a peaceful atmosphere of prayer and recollection, situated on a spacious acreage near Waverly. Each retreat includes meditations by the retreat master, and opportunities for silence, prayer, adoration and the sacraments.
The Palm Sunday retreat will begin with stations of the cross and Mass at 8 p.m. Friday, and end with Mass on Sunday, followed by lunch.