WAVERLY (SNR) – The Knights of the Holy Eucharist will host a Eucharistic adoration retreat and workshop at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly June 8-11.
The retreat and workshop are intended for those in the diocese who coordinate Eucharistic adoration in their parishes to network and encourage one another in expanding adoration throughout the diocese. It is also open to those interested in helping establish adoration in their parishes.
The Knights, a group of religious brothers founded in 1998 by the late EWTN foundress Mother Mary Angelica, are dedicated to the service of God, primarily by fostering of reverent devotion to the Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
In comments to the Southern Nebraska Register, Brother David Mary, KHE, recalled a recent national news article included in the diocesan paper, “US exorcists: Demonic activity is on the rise.”
“Well,” he said, “the antidote to that is to have ‘adoration on the rise,’ which is truly happening in the Lincoln Diocese.”
Since their arrival in the Diocese of Lincoln in 2016, the Knights have assisted Bishop James Conley in gathering information throughout the diocese, to assess the current practice of Eucharistic adoration.
Father Daniel Rayer, chancellor of the diocese, said the hope is to increase Eucharistic adoration throughout the diocese. He said Bishop Conley believes this practice bears great spiritual fruit where it is practiced.
“Eucharistic adoration provides individuals an opportunity to spend time with Jesus,” he continued, “not only to express our love and gratitude to him for his countless blessings, but also to allow Jesus to love us back, and to heal our spiritual infirmities. Those who spend time in Eucharistic Adoration receive countless graces and blessings.”
The Knights were able to identify parishes where pastors wanted assistance in boosting adoration efforts – and how to do so with the numbers of parishioners and facilities available to do so. The “boosts” they’ve conducted in several diocesan parishes this year have borne great fruit, with hundreds of adorers signing up to participate.
“I have been very touched by the receptiveness and joy of the people who have responded to signing up as new adorers,” Brother David said. “There is a real and tangible hunger for a deeper relationship with our Lord. This is made possible by the holiness of our bishops, priests, and religious who have instilled a yearning in our diocese to seek Christ wholeheartedly.”
In addition to eager adorers, he said pastors have been very supportive toward either establishing perpetual adoration, or making existing Adoration programs stronger.
“In order for this to become a reality, they need the assistance of the laity,” Brother David stressed. “We truly need more people to step up and pitch in.”
Acknowledging the time and effort required to establish or organize adoration in a parish, Brother David assured the June retreat will offer the training and resources parish coordinators need. One of the speakers at the retreat will be Peggy Powell, who has organized perpetual adoration in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for 23 years, currently for 45 Eucharistic chapels.
In addition to helping form and train those who organize adorers, he said the Eucharistic adoration retreat and workshop will also help participants grow deeper in their own Eucharistic relationship.
“The retreat will be in the form of Eucharistic spiritual exercises, with scriptural meditations in front of the Blessed Sacrament, daily Mass, as well as confession and spiritual direction,” Brother David said. “The goal of the retreat is the renewal of our spiritual life through a profound experience of the healing love of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.”
The Knights will be assisted by Father Sean Davidson and Father Barry Braum from the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist, priests who promote establishment of Eucharistic shrines, perpetual adoration in parishes, and the formation of adorers.
To plan the retreat, the Knights invited pastors to send a representative from their parishes to the retreat, but it is open to all those interested in getting more involved in a “Eucharistic renewal” in the diocese.