Hundreds Expected to Take Part in Upcoming Retreats

February 24, 2012

The Archdiocese of Washington has a long tradition of offering retreats to clergy, religious, and lay members of the Church. Just as Jesus retreated in the desert for 40 days before beginning his public ministry, Catholics often go on retreats to regain focus and to invigorate the prayer life.It’s a time to focus solely on the relationship with God.

Two upcoming retreats, open to lay members, one for men and one for women, will involve prayer, quiet reflection, meditation, Mass, and Eucharistic Adoration, in addition to talks from speakers. There are nearly 200 participants pre-registered for these retreats. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, will celebrate Mass at both retreats.

Saturday, March 3, 2012 (Men’s Retreat)
Saturday, March 24, 2012 (Women’s Retreat)
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church
7501 Adelphi Road
Hyattsville, MD

At the men’s retreat, “Guardians of the Mission” on Saturday, March 3, 2012, Rev. Msgr. Robert Panke, rector of the Blessed John Paul II Seminary, will speak about “Guarding the Truth about Men.” Msgr. Panke has served as archdiocesan Director of Vocations, guiding men as they discern their vocation to the priesthood. Drawing on his commitment to help men listen to the voice of God, participants will hear about the unique and irreplaceable role of men in God’s creative plan and their call to build up the Kingdom of God on earth.

David DiNuzzo, a married father of four, is the Director of Programming for the national men’s group, The King’s Men. He has worked as a Catholic missionary with FOCCUS, has served as the Director for Catholic Campus Ministry at the United States Air Force Academy, and he is currently a volunteer fireman. Dave will be speaking on “Guarding Your Heart” about the importance of using spiritual tools to avoid the pitfalls many men face and how they can turn back to God when they fall.

Rev. William Byrne is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill, and Secretary for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns at Central Pastoral Administration. His talk, “Guarding the Kingdom: Building a Faithful Life,” will address building a life of faith at home, in the Church, and in the world. Fr. Byrne’s love of the Church is infectious; he works diligently for marriage preparation, serving people with special needs, ministering to African American and Hispanic Catholics, promoting respect for human life, and promoting charity, public advocacy and youth ministry.

At the women’s retreat, “Blessed Are You” on Saturday, March 24, 2012, the women will participate in Adoration, will pray the Rosary hear from two nationally recognized speakers, and attend Mass celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

Dr. Dianne Traflet who is the Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey is the founder and co-director of the Seminary’s new Institute for Christian Spirituality. Dr. Traflet’s talk is titled, “Carrying Divine Life into the World; The Mission and Witness of Women Mystics and the Spiritual Lessons for Women Today.”

The second speaker will be Rev. Dan Leary, pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Silver Spring who hosts spiritual retreats and parish missions across the country, and is active in giving spiritual direction. Fr. Leary attended Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1997. He will speak about bringing Christ to others in a spirit of simplicity.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 98 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

Brie Hall
Office of Communications
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