‘Discipleship according to St. John’s Gospel’
WAVERLY (SNR) - All men and women are invited to join Msgr. Joseph Nemec at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly, March 3-5 for a weekend Lenten retreat entitled “Discipleship according to St. John’s Gospel.”
As the source of his retreat meditations, Msgr. Nemec recommends that all read the Gospel of St. John, perhaps as a Lenten resolution. He hopes that each retreatant will “first realize we are the Beloved Disciples of Jesus, and second live as Beloved Disciples of Jesus.”
He explains that “in his Gospel, whenever St. John refers to himself, he uses the phrase ‘the one whom Jesus loved.’ As he wrote his Gospel, St. John reflected on all that had happened and truly understood how much Jesus loved him and what it means to be a ‘Beloved Disciple’ of Jesus.”
“This is one of the main themes in the Gospel of St. John,” Msgr. Nemec continued, “and he desired that everyone who reads his writings would come to the same realization: we all are the Beloved Disciples of Jesus.”
Msgr. Nemec is an ardent supporter of silent retreats like those offered at Good Counsel Retreat House, and frequently encourages his parishioners to attend. “Otherwise,” he said, “in this very imperfect world, we at times may forget the infinite, merciful love of God and just how much He loves us. This can weaken us spiritually. In order to live the Christian life well, we need to understand that we are indeed the Beloved Disciples of Jesus!”
Ordained a priest in 1984, Msgr. Nemec has been pastor at St. Teresa Parish in Lincoln since 1993, administrator of St. Teresa School, and chaplain of the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters. His earlier assignments include St. Mary parish and the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center in Lincoln, St. Paulinus in Syracuse and Holy Trinity in Avoca, and teaching at Lourdes Schools in Nebraska City. Msgr. Nemec has given numerous retreats, days of recollection, and presentations of the Catholic faith.
Good Counsel Retreat House will offer four other Lenten retreats for men or women: March 20-22 with Father Jay Buhman and FOCUS Campus Ministry, March 24-26 with Father Mark Czya, “Healing in the Heart of Christ”; March 31-April 2 with Sister Ann Shields; and April 7-9 Palm Sunday weekend with Msgr. Daniel Seiker.