LINCOLN (SNR) – The prayer and retreat group “La Guadalupana” from Cristo Rey Parish in Lincoln went to Mexico for the second consecutive year, accompanied by pastor Father Ramón Decaen, to organize and lead a spiritual retreat for more than 600 people in San Juan Xochiaca, State of Mexico.
Ten years ago, a group of lay faithful from Cristo Rey started meeting weekly to study the beauty of the Catholic faith. After a few years they heard the calling from God to go out and share with others what they had learned.
The members started by organizing and leading a retreat at Cristo Rey. After leading five retreats at their home parish, they then organized and led three retreats at Sacred Heart Church in Crete, then retreats in Imperial, and in Seward.
Later the group heard about the need of evangelization in a small town, La Haciendita in Mexico. After praying, studying and planning, they decided they would “Go and tell the good news to all the nations.”
The first retreat in La Haciendita, Mexico of about 200 people was received with love and gratitude and the group was invited back. The second retreat was in a larger town nearby, San Juan Xochiaca. In May, more than 600 people came to the retreat, a spiritual renewal of many souls to return to God and His Church.
Father Decaen celebrated multiple Masses and heard more than 15 hours of confessions. A central part of the retreat is adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
After the retreat, the team from Cristo Rey started the training of local leaders, so that they would be able to continue the work begun on the retreat.
“We left books to continue the formation of the faithful to grow in love and our beautiful Catholic faith,” said Blanca Fowler, one of the leaders of the retreat team and one of the founders of La Guadalupana.
After the retreat, the group visited Bishop Juan Manuel Mancilla Sánchez of the Diocese of Texcoco. They also visited the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.