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Two upcoming Lenten retreats

WAVERLY (SNR) - Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly invites all men and women to continue their Lenten journey by offering two retreats: a silent Ignatian Retreat March 19-22, and a Palm Sunday weekend retreat March 23-25, “Finding Peace in the Divine Will.”

Leading the retreats will be Father Gary Coulter, director of the retreat house for five years, a canon lawyer for the Diocese of Lincoln, and previously pastor of St. Mary Parish in Ashland and St. Joseph in Greenwood.

“All of our retreats are silent,” Father Coulter explained, “but our typical weekend retreats are preached. (The Ignatian) retreat is different as it is marked by complete silence.  Rather than listening to talks, the retreatants enters into the times of prayer with the Lord, then meet individually with their director.”

Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Father Coulter and Father Christopher Barak will be the retreat masters, directing the retreatants in choosing scripture passages each day for meditation. The four-day silent Ignatian Retreat starts Monday March 19 at 7 p.m. and ends Thursday at noon. Since it is during the UNL’s spring break, there is a discounted price for students.

Father Coulter suggested reading “Meditation and Contemplation” by Father Timothy Gallagher, OMV to learn more on the Ignatian method of meditating on Scripture.

Father Coulter will also lead a retreat Palm Sunday weekend, March 23-25, “Finding Peace in the Divine Will.”  The primary source for this retreat will come from “The Hours of the Passion” from the writing of Luisa Piccarreta published by her spiritual director, St. Annibale di Francia.

“This retreat will be an opportunity to meditate on the different events of Holy Week,” Father Coulter said, “accompanying Jesus in His passion, particularly to spend an extended time with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, praying, ‘Father, not my will, but your will be done’ (Luke 22:42).”

This Palm Sunday weekend retreat begins with a rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. Friday March 23, and ends with Mass and noon lunch on Sunday. More about the Divine Will devotion this retreat is based on is found at www.divinewilltallahassee.com.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, a place of sanctuary near Waverly, includes individual rooms, private baths, catered meals and spacious outdoor grounds. Each retreat is an opportunity for silence, prayer, adoration and the Sacraments.

Other upcoming retreats include the women’s Magnificat retreat March 16-18; a Holy Week retreat for young women led by the Marian Sisters, March 29-31; and a Divine Mercy retreat with Father Christopher Kubat April 6-8.

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