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‘Jesus, Please Heal Me!’

Fr. Craig Doty to present weekend retreat Oct. 20-22

WAVERLY (SNR) –  Father Craig Doty will lead a weekend retreat Oct. 20-22 entitled “Jesus, Please Heal Me!”

After a powerful experience attending an “Equipping for Pastoral Ministry” retreat at the John Paul II Healing Center in Tallahassee, Fla. last spring, Father Craig Doty said he prays that this retreat at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly will help more people experience the healing that their hearts desire, and that only Jesus can give.

The John Paul II Healing Center was founded by Dr. Bob Schuchts, author of “Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life” – a book Father Doty highly recommends.

Father Doty said the Oct. 20-22 retreat is for anyone who “wants Jesus to bring healing to the brokenness and wounds in their lives. 

“All of us need healing from past wounds to our hearts,” he explained. “Just recognizing one’s brokenness is obviously the first step.” 

Men or women of all ages are invited to the retreat.

Ordained in 1997, Father Craig Doty is pastor at St Wenceslaus Parish in Wilber and St. Joseph in Tobias. He was previously pastor at St. Mary Parish in Aurora and St. Joseph in Giltner. He also works in the diocesan tribunal office and is co-vicar for religious.

Preparing for the healing retreat, Father Doty spoke of why retreats are so vital. 

“A prayer-filled retreat allows us to hear the voice of God,” he said. “It opens us all the more to His grace and His power to transform our lives.  In prayer, the Holy Spirit helps us reclaim our true identity as sons and daughters of the Father who are ever more conformed to His own heart and will.”

Acknowledging the value of deliverance – Jesus’ work of freeing people – in the healing process, Father Doty also wanted people to know that if they aren’t inclined or able to attend the retreat, they should consider attending the two-day “Unbound” conference in Seward Oct. 20-21 (www.lincolndiocese.org/unbound).

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.

Another upcoming retreat at Our Lady of Good Counsel will be held Oct. 27-29. Father Mark Czya and the Legion of Mary will present “Total Consecration: On pilgrimage to Jesus with Mary.”

To register for a retreat or make a prayer request, go to 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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