The Priest’s Retreat May 21 to 25, 2017

May 26, 2017

The Magnificent view of New London Bay from Our Lady of Hope Retreat Centre

Sunday evening, May 21 about 40 priests of the diocese of Charlottetown assembled with Bishop Richard for our annual retreat with Fr. Philip Chircop s.j. our retreat director.

Fr. Charles Gallant at prayer.

The Spiritual Heart of the Retreat Centre is the tabernacle.

The theme of the week was “To Pray for the Grace to Look at the World with Easter Eyes”. With the location at Bayview there were wonderful things to see.

Fr. Eric Dunn contemplates the land, sea and sky.

Priests can’t function without sufficient fuel. Here the Presbyters assemble for breakfast.

Fr. Gerard Chaisson & Fr. John Molina look far too joyful to be hungry men.

Martin & Earla Avery and their staff provided breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for us. Everything was hearty, healthy and magnificently presented. On a scale of 1 to 10 the meals were rated a conservative 15. Next year the scale will have to be adjusted to a 1 to 20 range.

The center pieces were from the previous night’s feast.

A hearty plate of pancakes, sausage and fruit with steaming hot black coffee well blessed and enjoyed.

Fr. Phil provided 3 spiritual conferences a day, homilies at all masses and two movies for reflection.

Fr. Arulraj Santiago, Fr. Frank Bolger, Fr. Austin Bradley and Fr. Dovari Joseph are ready for Fr. Phil’s morning conference.

Spiritual Conference Jottings

Fr. Brendon Gallant considers the proper accompaniment to mid morning coffee break.

It was great to gather with the brothers for prayer.

Fr. Joe Brazel prepares for Mass

Fr. Floyd Gallant provided masterful keyboard accompaniment for all liturgies.

Each day we concelerbrated Mass at 11 AM with Bishop Grecco presiding.

Fr. Bob Coady was cantor.

Back to the dining room for lunch.

After Mass Lunch. Here Fr. Phil shakes Fr. George Palamattam’s hand while clapping Fr. Floyd McGaugh on the back.

The surroundings and excellent weather gave opportunity for walks.

After Lunch a nature walk with Fr. Raj

Creation Nourishes the Soul

Down the path towards the Hope River.

This is not the work of beavers

Vernon Buote of North Rustico who worked on clearing the nature trail with Fr. Raj at the egress. Vernon is having a tea break.

This is what happy men look like

Time for a group photo

Offering Eucharist

Before the concluding Mass, the younger priests: Fr. Chris Sherren, Fr. Andrew Handrahan and Fr. Andrew MacDonald are in the back row because they never get a chance to sit there when they are working.

Fr. Jim Willick proclaims a reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Fr. Phillip Chircop gives another encouraging homily.

Bishop Richard administered the Sacrament of the Sick to several priests while all invoked the Holy Spirit with the laying on of hands.

Fr. Tim Broderick assists Bishop Richard as he prays over Fr. Art Pendergast

Fr. Brian MacDougall, who lead a wonderful Eucharistic Holy Hour on Tuesday, receives the Precious Blood as Fr. Martin Carter approaches the altar.

Fr. Bob Coady & Fr. Keith Kennific lead a hymn inspired by the Blessed Mother.

Fr. Chris Sherren extends thanks to our retreat director on behalf of all who made the retreat.

All good things must come to an end

Almost all of those who were on retreat. We will be back!