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‘Praying with Mary’ retreat

Weekend retreat Feb. 5-7 for men and women with Fr. Eickhoff

WAVERLY (SNR) - Men and women are welcome to attend the “Praying with Mary” retreat Feb. 5-7 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly.

In this retreat, Father Matthew Eickhoff will point out how the Church has been enriched by many devotions and prayers to Mary, and therefore invites all to explore this rich tradition. The retreat would be of interest for anyone who wants to grow in appreciation for what the Marian prayers and devotions of the Church have to offer for their spiritual lives.

Father Gary Coulter, director of the retreat house, said “anyone who wants to have a more Marian spirituality and prayer life should attend.”

The talks for the retreat will draw from a variety of sources, including traditional Marian prayers and devotions such as the rosary, approved Marian apparitions, and, of course, the rich tradition of Sacred Scripture and the writings of the saints.

Father Eickhoff is pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Brainard and director of the St. Luke Czech Catholic Shrine in Loma. He helps with various diocesan apostolates, including the Divine Mercy Apostolate, Engaged Encounter, and Healing Hearts bereavement ministry. He also led the recent diocesan pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Father Eickhoff did graduate studies at the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. before becoming director of the Family Life Office of the Diocese of Lincoln for many years. He is currently doing doctoral studies in spiritual theology. His past assignments include St. Cecilia Church in Hastings, the Cathedral in Lincoln, St. Francis Church in rural David City, and superintendent at Lourdes Central Catholic Schools in Nebraska City.

“Weekend retreats provide an excellent opportunity,” he said, “to step away from life’s routines and distractions to focus on what is most important in life - namely, our relationship with Jesus. Only when we set aside for ourselves an extended time for prayer and reflection can we come to appreciate the great treasures we possess in the Sacraments and traditions of the Church, as well as Mary and the saints who used these treasures to perfect themselves in virtue and in holiness.”

The Feb. 5-7 retreat is open to men and women.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House offers a peaceful atmosphere of prayer and recollection, situated on an 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.

Take a tour, see the schedule of retreats, and register online: www.goodcounselretreat.com.  You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-786-2705. 

The retreat house website will always be updated if the retreat is full.

The next upcoming retreat at the retreat house will be Feb. 12-14. Bishop James Conley and Father Gary Coulter will present “Friendship, the School of Charity: Be a man/Be a saint,” for men and women.

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