Diocesan News

Retreat for St. Vincent de Paul

WAVERLY (SNR) – Father Justin Wylie will lead a two-day retreat for men and women entitled “Grow in Spirituality and Service” July 27-28 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly, targeted for St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) members.

The themes for the retreat will flow from examining the story of Jesus at the home of Martha and Mary in Bethany (Luke 10:38-42). Through lectio divina exegesis, Father Wylie will first meditate on this home as a small community within the broader community, helping the SVDP society see their place within the larger parish community.

Second, he will reflect on the external (Martha) and internal (Mary) aspects of SVDP “communio” in Christ, thus helping retreatants grow in their spirituality and not just focus on the aspect of external service.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) is an international lay organization whose members grow together spiritually in order to serve those in need.  Members go in pairs to serve by person-to-person contact. Most parishes within the city of Lincoln and neighboring communities have a St. Vincent de Paul conference.

After a legal career, Father Justin Wylie received his priestly formation in Rome and was ordained a priest of Johannesburg, South Africa nine years ago.  He completed a degree in canon law in Rome and among other assignments, worked four years as chief negotiator of the Holy See at the United Nations in New York. Father Wylie came to the Diocese of Lincoln in 2017, allowing him to be closer to his siblings and their families, who have immigrated to the United States. He currently serves as assistant pastor at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln, assistant diocesan master of ceremonies, and a teacher at Pius X High School in Lincoln.

The July 27-28 retreat is open to men and women of all ages who desire to grow in prayer and charity, including those who are not SVDP Society members. 

The suggested donation of $100 includes a private, individual overnight room, meals and snacks; half-price for Lincoln Diocese SVDP members. 

The retreat will begin Friday at 6:30 p.m. (check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.), ends Saturday around 5 p.m., and includes times of encounter, adoration, confession and Mass, silent and group prayers, discussion and listening.

A retreat schedule for Good Counsel Retreat House is inserted in this week's mailed issue of the Southern Nebraska Register.

Upcoming retreats will be held Aug. 24-26 for women with Father Sean Kilcawley; and Aug. 31-Sept. 3, a “Directed Silent Ignatian Retreat” with Father Gary Coulter. 

To register or for more information, 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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