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Holy Day retreat for women

Fr. Buhman to present ‘Discipleship in the Life of St. John Paul II Aug. 15-17

WAVERLY (SNR) - A retreat for women will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly Aug. 15-17 on “Discipleship in the Life of St. John Paul II,” led by Father Jay Buhman.  

All women are invited to learn more about one of the newest saints, Pope John Paul II, who George Weigel called a “Radical Christian Disciple.” A model for all, his entire life and pontificate was formed by the life-transforming truth that Jesus Christ is the answer to the question of life. Father Buhman’s reflections will be profoundly impacted by two books: Jason Evert’s “Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves,” and Bishop Patrick Ahern’s “Three Gifts of Therese of Lisieux.”

The retreat will begin with a Mass that fulfills the Holy Day Obligation for the Assumption of Mary, Aug. 15.

Father Jay Buhman is pastor of St. Peter and St. Joseph parishes in Bellwood, and a teacher at Aquinas High School in David City the last four years. A priest for 10 years, Father Buhman served as an assistant in Lincoln for six years: at St. Teresa Parish, St. Thomas Aquinas/Newman Center, and Cathedral of the Risen Christ, as well as teaching at Pius X High School.

Father Buhman said retreats are a wonderful opportunity to “take a step back and look at all of our relationships and to re-dedicate ourselves to God and to those we love.

“A retreat gives us a unique opportunity to situate ourselves once again firmly in the midst of God’s immense love and mercy for each one of us,” he said. “Society today and our own sin erode our confidence and trust in God’s love for us. Spending time in the silence and restfulness of a retreat helps us to see the truth of God’s love once again.”

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 on Friday evening, and end with Mass on Sunday, followed by lunch.

To take a tour, see the full retreat schedule, or register online, visit www.goodcounselretreat.com or email 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.  

Other retreats will be held: Sept. 5-7 for men and women of all ages, “Human Disorders: Fear and Anxiety” with Father Jerel Scholl; Sept. 18-21, Opus Sanctorum Angelorum, the “Work of the Holy Angels” (a four-day retreat); and Sept. 26-28, a Vietnamese retreat.

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