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Magnificat retreat planned for women April 25-27

‘There’s Always More, Expecting New FIRE’

WAVERLY (SNR) - Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly will host “There’s Always More: Expecting New Fire,” a retreat presented by the Sister Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sponsored by the Morning Star Chapter of Magnificat.
Women of all ages who desire a closer and deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit are invited to the April 25-27 retreat.

This “Expecting New Fire” growth seminar is also for those who have recently encountered a conversion, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; experienced renewal in the Holy Spirit through a “Life In the Spirit” seminar; and those in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (such as Magnificat) who desire refreshment. There will be talks, time for reflection, and prayer.

The retreat will be given by Sister Lucy, Sister Mary Gianna and Sister Immaculee, members of the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, from the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas.

Sister Lucy Lukasiewicz grew up in a strong Catholic family in Farwell, Neb. She said she felt drawn to religious life and entered the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, a Franciscan Charismatic Religious Congregation. Since her entrance, Sister Lucy has been heavily involved in youth ministry, adult ministry, evangelistic outreach, and in leading praise and worship. In 2002, Sister Lucy was elected the third superior general of the congregation and served two terms as superior, known then as “Mother Lucy.”

With the urging of Popes John Paul, Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, Sister Lucy has spread the work of the New Evangelization in the US, Poland, Russia, Germany, Italy, Africa and Brazil.

Sister Mary Gianna is a convert to the Catholic faith. Growing up without any faith, she had a powerful conversion experience after surviving the shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. She was welcomed into the Catholic Church at the age of 19, while attending Franciscan University of Steubenville. She made her first profession of vows Aug. 10, 2013.

Sister Immaculee is the youngest of five siblings, born and raised from the little island of Samoa, in a traditional Catholic family. She graduated from high school in 2006 and attended college, majoring in education, but, she said, God had a different plan for her life and brought her to America during the summer of 2007. She entered the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in 2011 and is a second-year novice.

“By opening yourself to God through the teachings of this growth seminar, you will be equipped with fresh zeal for a life of holiness and the New Evangelization,” Sister Lucy said.

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.

To register online, visit www.goodcounselretreat.com, e-mail 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 “Faith More Precious than Gold” with Sister Ann Shields May 2-4 for men and women, and a women’s day of reflection with Bishop Emeritus Fabian Bruskewitz May 10.

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