Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Our Diocesan Fall Priests' Retreat is happening this week, and I am attempting to be present (between funerals). The retreat is held at the Bishop Connare Center (the former Saint Joseph Hall) in Greensburg, where I grew up in the Minor Seminary in the early 60's. The retreat runs from Monday evening through Friday lunch. This year we are blessed to have as our retreat master Edward Cardinal Egan, the retired Archbishop of New York. I can say that Cardinal Egan is very relaxed and personable, a great story teller and presenter of encouraging and challenging thoughts and reflections. Yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon he joined many of the guys as we sat around outside and talked and joked and enjoyed a drink. His theme is to present to us people in history that we can acknowledge as heroes, even if they are not saints. His insights are not new or earth shattering, but they are affirming and encouraging. Pray for us on retreat ... in fact pray for all priests.