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Women’s retreat Aug. 25-27

Fr. Courtney to present ‘Are you fueled by the Word?’

WAVERLY (SNR) – All women are invited to bring their bibles and open the Word of God Aug. 25-27 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House naer Waverly, in a retreat themed, “Are you fueled by the Word?”

The retreat will be led by Father Scott Courtney.

On this weekend retreat, Father Courtney will examine the miracles of Jesus, such as the cure of the woman who touched the hem of his garment (cf. Mark 5:25-34). Father Courtney said going deeper in stories like this one “strengthen our faith and invite us to believe in Jesus Christ, to know how he frees us from the gravest slavery of sin, and helps us find our vocation as God’s children.”

He noted how the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that the miracles of Jesus are signs of the kingdom of God, which lead to faith, prayer, freedom, and vocation (cf. CCC 547-550).

Father Courtney said these retreats “are an opportunity for me to love scripture more, and help others to do the same.” He invited all women, “come to Waverly to experience more faith, more prayer, more freedom – to know what God wants of us.”

Ordained in 2000, Father Courtney is pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Geneva and St. Mary in Shickley. He is also director of Camp Kateri Tekakwitha. Father Courtney previously served parishes in Steinauer and Burchard, Bellwood and Hastings, and North American Martyrs and St. Teresa in Lincoln.

The Aug. 25-27 event is open to women of all ages, and Father Gary Coulter, director of the retreat house, said retreatants should note that this retreat may not be as silent as the usual retreats.

“Father Courtney enjoys discussion, participation, and bonding at meals,” he said.

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.

Other upcoming retreats for men and women will be held Aug. 11-12, on the Society of St. Vincent de Paul with Father Michael Zimmer; Sept. 1-4,  a silent Ignatian retreat with Father Coulter; Sept. 7-10, a four-day retreat on the “Work of the Holy Angels”; and Sept. 15-17 with Father Thomas Dunavan: “Saints for Today.” 

To register online or see the full schedule of retreats at www.goodcounselretreat.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-786-2705.

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