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Scripture Retreat for men and women with Fr. Faulkner

Fr. Faulkner to present: ‘The Bible lets you talk to God better’ March 2-4

WAVERLY (SNR) - Father Joseph Faulkner will present a retreat March 2-4 for men and women at Waverly’s Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House.
It will be titled “The Bible lets you talk to God better.” 

“I want this retreat to be for the person who wants to pray with scripture, or desires to know the Bible better, but is fearful because it’s so big and they feel they don’t have the time to study the scriptures in depth,” Father Faulkner said.

“I want to give them a little more confidence with the bible,” he continued, “both the big picture overview of salvation history, and walking through some different scripture books, styles and stories, so that passages will make more sense in context.”

He said the goal of the retreat is to help people approach a scripture passage and be able to pray and meditate with it, “coming to a deeper understanding of how God speaks to us.”

Retreatants should bring their Bibles, and if they would like to prepare with further reading, some sources on the four gospels which Father Faulkner said he likes include “To Know Christ Jesus” by Frank Sheed, the “Jesus of Nazareth” trilogy by Pope Benedict, and “The Challenge of Jesus” by N. T. Wright. He said his favorite book is “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis.

“Retreats are about turning off the engine,” Father Faulkner said, “not just slowing down, but actually coming to a full stop, getting away, a chance to breathe, rest, let your thoughts settle - and stop checking your phone!”

Father Faulkner is pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Wahoo. Previously, he was pastor at St. Ann Parish in Doniphan and Sacred Heart in Kenesaw while teaching at St. Cecilia High School in Hastings.

Father Faulkner said he enjoys teaching. He has worked in Catholic schools since he was ordained in 2005, and has been involved with the summer catechetical program Totus Tuus since it started in 2002.  His homilies and blog posts can be found at fathertalkstoofast.blogspot.com.

Other upcoming weekend retreats will be Feb. 23-25, a men’s Lenten retreat with Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz; March 16-18, a women’s Magnificat retreat; and March 23-25, a retreat for men and women with Father Gary Coulter, “Finding Peace in the Will of God.”

To register for weekend retreats at Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly, go to 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.

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