Weekend retreat to be held Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in Waverly
WAVERLY (SNR) - All divorced men and women are invited to a retreat Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 with Father Sean Kilcawley at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly.
“Millions of Catholics get civilly divorced, and it affects us all,” said Father Gary Coulter, director of the retreat center. “If you or someone you know has suffered the breakdown of a marriage, you know how painful it can be. No matter how long it’s been, the Church wants to help and heal.
“Perhaps you are single, have remarried outside the Church, or have received a declaration of nullity and married again,” he continued. “Whether you have been divorced for many years or recently separated from your spouse, this weekend is for you.”
The retreat, themed “Divorced: Beginning Anew with Christ’s Mercy,” invites all who have experienced the betrayal, abandonment, or loss of a spouse through divorce to remember that they are not alone, and that they can experience healing through a personal encounter with Christ in His Church and Sacraments. Father Coulter said the theme was appropriate as the beginning of the Year of Mercy approaches.
Father Kilcawley graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served for three years in the U.S. Army before entering the seminary for the Diocese of Lincoln. Ordained in 2005, he served for four years as a high school teacher of religion and assistant pastor. In 2013, Father Kilcawley completed a licentiate in sacred theology at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Rome. He currently serves as diocesan director of the Office of Family Life.
All are encouraged to invite (and come with) any divorced Catholics who are away from the Church.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House offers an 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 a Rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. Friday, and end with Mass on Sunday, followed by lunch.
Upcoming retreats include the “Kingdom of Christ” with Regnum Christi: Nov. 6-8 for women, and Nov. 20-22 for men.