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‘Total Consecration: On pilgrimage to Jesus with Mary’

Fr. Mark Cyza to lead retreat Oct. 27-29

WAVERLY (SNR) – Father Mark Cyza will lead a retreat on “total consecration” at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly Oct. 27-29.

Total consecration is a giving of oneself to Jesus Christ through the hands of His mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, believing that Mary always leads people closer to her Son.

Father Cyza and the Legion of Mary invite all men and women to learn about this devotion which comes from St. Louis de Montfort, a French priest (1673-1716) who wrote how “the surest way” to grow in a relationship of love with Jesus Christ is to grow in a relationship of love with His mother Mary. Pope St. John Paul II lived and popularized this devotion, and his papal motto “Totus Tuus” was taken from a prayer of St. Louis de Montfort to Mary: “I am totally yours.”

While the retreat is targeted toward members of the Legion of Mary, all men and women who are interested in a Marian retreat, or who want to learn more about the Legion of Mary, are invited to attend as well.

“People are hungry for God and desire to experience the Lord and know Jesus in a more profound way,” Father Cyza said, “and Mary helps us to do that. Mary is the perfect example of complete dependence, union, and abandonment to God.”

The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serve the Church and their neighbor on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries. The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members, developed by prayer and active cooperation in Mary’s and the Church’s work.

Father Cyza is pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Nebraska City and chief administrative officer at Lourdes Central Catholic School. Ordained in 2004, 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. Some of his homilies and retreats can be found at www.comehometojesus.com.

Father Cyza said he enjoys both giving and attending retreats, as he believes they are an essential part of growing in the faith.

“Being educated in our faith through things such as apologetics and catechesis is wonderful,” he said, “but we also need to experience those truths at the level of the heart, and a retreat is that place where we can grow in intimacy with God and learn to follow the divine will for our life.”

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.

The November retreat schedule includes Spiritual Exercises for women with Regnum Chirsti Nov. 2-5, and “The Seven Sorrows of Mary” with Father Steve Thomlison for men or women Nov. 17-19.

To register for a retreat or make a prayer request, visit www.goodcounselretreat.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-786-2705.

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