SUTTON (SNR) – St. Mary Church in Sutton hosted the “Recharge” men’s retreat March 2.
Thirty-eight men heard talks by St. Mary’s pastor Father Michael Zimmer, John Lillyman from Prince of Peace Church in Kearney, and Dr. Vern Steiner and Dr. Jonathan Marcotte from St. Peter Church in Lincoln. Each talk was followed by small group discussion and each small group discussion was followed by Eucharistic adoration in the church.
The retreat was originally scheduled for Feb. 23, but due to blizzard conditions it was postponed a week. Attendees were from the Lincoln and Grand Island dioceses, traveling from numerous parishes across the state, including parishes in Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln and Imperial.
The day began with large homemade breakfast burritos, and the attendees’ lunch included homemade fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a wide selection of homemade desserts.
The retreat was designed to give men an opportunity to step away from their busy lives in order to slow down, quiet down, and recharge their relationship with God and their families.
John Lillyman’s talk was called “The Key to Real Manhood.” Dr. Jonathan Marcotte spoke about ways to strengthen relationships with spouses and children as a Catholic husband and father.
Dr. Vern Steiner’s talk focused on the Shema prayer found in Deuteronomy 6 and included a brief lesson in speaking Hebrew.
Father Zimmer spoke four times throughout the day in the church, and focused on various topics helpful to men concluding with a reflection on the Sacred Heart of Jesus as a model for a Catholic man’s heart.
The event’s organizer Bob Sullivan said he was very pleased with the turnout. He said they had no idea what to expect since events like this are pretty uncommon outside the larger communities in the state. He added that that beauty of St. Mary church and the excellent church hall made Sutton an excellent choice for the event.
The location also made it much more accessible to men in central and western Nebraska.
The day concluded with benediction in the church. Several of the men said that they hoped the event would take place again next year, and Sullivan said plans were already being considered.