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Fr. Jerel Scholl to lead Retreat ‘On Balancing Emotions in the Spiritual Life’ Sept. 13-15

WAVERLY (SNR) – Father Jerel Scholl, pastor of Assumption Parish in Dwight, will lead a weekend retreat, open to men and women of all ages, Sept. 13-15 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly. The topic for the retreat is "Balancing Emotions in the Spiritual Life."

Father Scholl said he recognizes that all face a great temptation to base one's life and priorities on the standards of society. He said he hopes the retreat will help people in their spiritual journey.

Since June 2011, Father Scholl has been assigned to Assumption Parish in Dwight, also teaching religion for juniors at Aquinas High School in David City. The class includes the topic of morality and material from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Father Scholl said that in teaching this material, "I have developed a bit of a hunger to share such vital and important information to others that can enable people to make the transition from a worldly and political view, to that which is really real."

Father Scholl said he loves giving retreats, and frequently recommends going on retreat, because, "To attach oneself to the truth of Christ is not easy, but with a little prodding that is done with love, we all have the capability to love the one who is love itself."

Now in its 50th anniversary year, 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 Mass at 8:15 p.m. on a Friday, and end with Mass on Sunday, followed by lunch.

The full retreat schedule, virtual tours and online registration is available at www.goodcounselretreat.com. Those interested may also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-786-2705. The suggested donation for a retreat is $170.

Upcoming retreats include "The Work of the Holy Angels" with Opus Sanctum Angelorum for men and women Sept. 19-22; and a Vietnamese retreat for men and women Sept. 27-29, led by Father Peter Le Thang Quang, a priest of the Diocese of Little Rock, Ark.

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