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Retreat: 'American Saints, Heroic Virtue'

Retreat with Fr. Angelus Montgomery, CFR

WAVERLY (SNR) - Following a long tradition started by Fathers Benedict Groeschel and Andrew Apostoli of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal giving retreats at Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly, Father Angelus Montgomery, CFR is coming Feb. 22-24 to give a retreat on the topic “American Saints and Heroic Virtue.”

The retreat talks will look at the lives of people like Father Walter Chizek, Dorothy Day and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Father Angelus said he wants to examine how “real American saints give witness to the power of holiness in our country.”

“There are virtues or disposition of heart that can be learned from their stories which inspire us to live lives of holiness,” he said.

Brother Vitorio, CFR will also join the retreat and speak on the newly beatified Father Solanus Casey, including his connection to Father Benedict Groeschel.

Speaking on the importance of retreats, Father Angelus said that in his own experience, “to create some space for the Lord to work in our lives is an incredible thing, as the space in our heart can get filled with all kinds of things.”

“A retreat creates a space for the Lord to do something beautiful and it would be fruitful for everyone to attend,” he said.

Father Angelus Montgomery, CFR joined the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in 2009, took final vows in 2014, and was ordained a priest in 2018.  He and his brother, also a priest with the CFRs, first encountered the Friars when they went to New York City to help with a kids’ summer camp with the Missionaries of Charity.

“We were instantly attracted to the ‘Franciscan’ way of life and the way they lived the Gospel,” Father Angelus said. “They were joyful men on fire for the Lord and serving others. They captured my heart. I wanted to give my life to the Lord in this way.”

Father Angelus was born Rusty Montgomery. He is a triplet with sister Katie and brother Scott, now Father Innocent, CFR. They grew up in Lincoln with their older brother Bob and their parents, Richard and Luanne Montgomery, who passed on to them the gift of faith, with the values and virtues that Father Angelus said inspire him to work hard and give his life in service to others. 

Father Angelus currently serves in the vocations office, and hosts with his brother the EWTN series “ICONS Spotlight.”

The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal were founded in 1987 by eight Franciscan friars, and today number more than 120. They have several friaries in New York City, across the U.S. and four other countries. Their primary mission is “a wholehearted embracing of Jesus Christ and our Holy Father St. Francis.”  More information is available at franciscanfriars.com.

Retreats at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly begin with a rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. on Friday, and end with Mass and noon lunch on Sunday.

Upcoming retreats for men and women include “Image and Likeness” Feb. 15-17 with Sr. Anne Marie, SOLT; and “St. Teresa of Avila.” March 8-10 with Father Karl Millis.

To register for a retreat 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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