A heartfelt thank you to the deacons, candidates, and wives of the diocese of Sioux City, Iowa for allowing me to serve them last week as retreat master for their annual retreat. It was held at St. Benedict’s Priory in Schuyler (pronounced SKY-ler), Nebraska, a wonderful place for such a retreat. Here is a photograph, courtesy of St. Benedict’s website.
The photo below includes their Director, Deacon David Lopez, Ph.D. and comes courtesy of the Diocese of Sioux City.
I preached on the theme of faith and the various aspects of faith that I gleaned from our Holy Father’s encyclical Lumen Fidei and his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium.
The 76 some men and women were wonderfully attentive, and the fraternity enjoyed delightful. On Saturday evening, there was a social during which time many of the men shared the “highs and lows” of ministry. Many splendid stories were told that brought laughter and refreshment to all.
May they have many more years of fruitful diaconal ministry!