This retreat at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly will be an opportunity to examine the Gospel of St. John, and see how the seven miracles performed by Jesus are actually “signs” as John calls them.
St. John’s gospel repeatedly presents Jesus as doing the works “of the Father” - the work of a new creation. Examining Jesus’ miracles such as the Wedding at Cana, Healing of the Blind Man, and Raising of Lazarus will help retreatants discern how Jesus wants to engage in the work of creation in their daily lives. Besides bringing a bible, retreatants may also enjoy “St. John’s Gospel: A Bible Study Guide and Commentary” by Steve Ray.
Father Buhman said retreats are a wonderful opportunity to take a step back and 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.”
Father Buhman is currently assigned as a chaplain with FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, located on 113 campuses in 36 states, inviting college students into a growing relationship with Jesus, the Catholic faith, Christ-centered discipleship and friendships. Father Buhman will come on this retreat fresh after a FOCUS mission trip to Haiti and a week at SEEK 2017, the biannual FOCUS conference with more than 12,000 Catholic college students around the nation.
A priest for more than 12 years, Father Buhman served as an assistant in Lincoln at St. Teresa, St. Thomas Aquinas/Newman Center, and the Cathedral of the Risen Christ, as well as teaching at Pius X High School. He was also pastor of St. Peter and St. Joseph churches in Bellwood and a teacher at Aquinas High School in David City.
Upcoming retreat dates include Feb. 3-5 for men and women with Father Anthony Baetzold CFR, “Is my Faith and Trust in God Growing?” and Feb. 24-26 for men with Father Sean Kilcawley, “Prayer and Battle: Man-to-Man.”
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. The suggested donation for a weekend retreat is $170. Retreats typically begin with a rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. Friday, and concludes with Mass and noon lunch on Sunday.