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‘Learning to Love’

A retreat on John’s Gospel with Father Kilcawley Nov. 16-18

WAVERLY (SNR) – Father Sean Kilcawley invites men and women of all ages to learn more about God’s plan for human love by attending a weekend retreat on the Gospel of John entitled, “Learning to Love from the Beloved Disciple.”

It will be held Nov. 16-18 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly.

While the retreat will be of particular interest for those who are married or planning to marry, Father Kilcawley said, everyone has a vocation to love, whether married or single, widowed, divorced or celibate.

“Christ wants to enter into your family,” Father Kilcawley emphasized, “especially if it is not perfect or doesn’t look like the Holy Family. Jesus entered into a world that is broken, a place where love has been distorted, so that he could bring healing and clarity.”

Father Kilcawley described a retreat as much more than just a vacation. 

“It is a time set aside for the Lord,” he explained, “in response to an invitation from the Lord, which allows him to work and do what he wants to do in your life.”

“It is a time to encounter Jesus Christ in a more profound way,” he said, “a chance to reflect on our destiny, and how we’re created to love, and we’re destined for the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Father Kilcawley is a nationally recognized speaker on Theology of the Body, human love, and recovery from pornography addiction. Father Kilcawley was an assistant pastor in Lincoln at St. Joseph and North American Martyrs parishes, while teaching Theology of the Body at Pius X High School from 2005-2009. He did advanced studies at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, and currently serves as director of the Diocese of Lincoln Office of Family Life, and as theological advisor for Integrity Restored, www.integrityrestored.com.

To register for the retreat, or any weekend retreat at Good Counsel Retreat House, go to www.goodcounselretreat.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-786-2705.

Upcoming retreats will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 2, a couples retreat with Deacon James Keating; Dec. 6-9, men’s Spiritual Exercises with Regnum Christi; and Dec. 14-16, a Christmas retreat with Bishop James Conley.

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