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Retreat planned with Sr. Ann Shields

‘Receiving the Unshakable Kingdom’ to be April 29 - May 1

WAVERLY (SNR) - A retreat with Sister Ann Shields, “Receiving the Unshakable Kingdom (Heb. 12:25-29)” will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly April 29 - May 1.

Sister Ann Shields of Renewal Ministries is an internationally noted conference and retreat speaker and author of numerous books on Catholic spirituality including recent booklets: “The Mercy of God and the Joy Repentance Brings,” “Captured By Mercy” and “Hope in the Midst of Suffering.” She currently hosts the popular daily radio program “Food for the Journey,” in cooperation with www.renewalministries.net.

Sister said she prays that the April 29 - May 1 retreat for men and women will help people deepen their encounter with Jesus, be set free from sin, and through scripture have their hearts set ablaze.

“Since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’” (Hebrews 12:28-29)

This is the great joy of being a Christian, she said, that a Kingdom has already been given, and it is founded on the rock foundation of Christ.

“Therefore,” she said, “we should worship God with reverence and awe, remembering our God is a consuming fire.”

“The faith needs to go from the head to the heart,” she continued. “It needs to become personal, so that it speaks to me and calls me to change.”

Sister also said retreats are important because all people need that time to pray, to be before the Lord, interact with Him, and digest His word.

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 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.  The suggested donation for a retreat is $170.

The next upcoming retreat will be May 6-7 with Teresa Monaghen. The women’s retreat is entitled, “Mary: Mother of Mercy.”

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