The retreat will include conferences, Mass, confessions and a holy hour led by the bishop, plus conferences and Masses by Father Coulter.
The men’s retreat, entitled “Friendship: The School of Charity,” will include topics on: friendship and the spiritual life, friendship and the new evangelization, and models of Christian friendship,
“There there is decline of holy friendships,” Bishop Conley said, “especially among men, in modernity.”
“Today more than ever,” he continued, “men need good Christian friendships with other men.”
Bishop of Lincoln since 2012, Conley plans to draw on various models of friendship, as seen between Jesus and his apostles, in the lives of Blessed John Henry Newman and C.S. Lewis, and other saints. His sources will include Matthew Kelly’s vision of discipleship (“Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic”) and John Senior’s ideas about Christian culture (“The Restoration of Christian Culture”).
Father Coulter, director of Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, will share half the conferences on the retreat, and talk about the example of different male saints, as well as addressing issues of concern for men today. The program is simple, he says, “Be a man! Be a saint!”
The retreat is open to single and married men of all ages.
“Retreats like this,” Bishop Conley said, “are an opportunity to spend time in prayer, to hear the voice of God, and to commit to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and with his Church. The ‘man-to-man’ retreat will be a time to reflect on the meaning of discipleship in Jesus Christ, and our vocations, our mission, and our family life.”
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 a rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. on Friday, and end with Mass on Sunday, followed by lunch.
“Wives, consider this a Valentine’s gift to give your husbands,” Father Coulter suggested. “And husbands, know that the retreat will be done in plenty of time to still celebrate Valentine’s Day.”