WAVERLY (SNR) - Bishop Robert Finn will lead a retreat Dec. 1-3 reflecting on, “Baptize, teach, and know that I am with you,” Jesus’ last instructions in St Matthew’s Gospel (Mt 28:19-20).
The retreat for catechists and teachers will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly.
“As teachers, we bring not just information, but the personal experience of Christ to others,” Bishop Finn said. “More and more we must come to know Him: through our study and in our prayer. Jesus first called the disciples to Himself; and then He sent them out.”
Emeritus of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Most Reverend Robert Finn was bishop in the Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph from 2004-2015, and is now chaplain to the School Sisters of Christ the King in Lincoln.
Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1979, he served for many years as a high school teacher and administrator, receiving a master’s degree in education administration in 1989.
While the retreat is targeted for teachers in Catholic schools and CCD programs, men and women of all ages are invited to join the retreat, especially parents, who are the first teachers of their children.
“A retreat is a privileged time to be away with the Lord Jesus Christ,” Bishop Finn said. “By our baptism, and especially because of our Confirmation, all Catholics share in the apostolic work of catechesis and evangelization. While catechists are entrusted with handing on the truths of the Faith to their students, all believers are asked to share their own faith in God.”
On the retreat Bishop Finn will offer a framework for making a “Plan of Life” and will give the retreatants a suggested list of books which could be used for spiritual reading.
Retreats at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly typically begin with a rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. on Friday, and end with Mass and noon lunch on Sunday.
Upcoming retreat dates include Dec. 7-10 with Regnum Christi men, and Dec. 15-17, an Advent retreat for men and women with Bishop Conley and Father Gary Coulter.