Monday, October 24, 2011

Annual Spiritual Retreat 2011

We, the Brothers of St John's Regional Seminary, Kondadaba were blessed with a great opportunity to make our annual Spiritual Retreat from 17 to the 22 of July 2011. The retreat was animated by Fr Sunil, a Vincentian Priest from Kurnool and his team of 7 members. Each of these members was from a different part of the state and added depth to the spiritual experience we enjoyed during the week. A couple of them, Yesubabu and Reddy, were members of Jesus Youth; Ms Balamma and two of her companions from the city Parish of Gnanapuram, assisted the others on the team with their constant prayer and adoration. Yesubabu was a musician and played the keyboard during the talks and the liturgical services. He was ably assisted by Shoba who led the choir. A CMC Sister, Smitha too offered her invaluable services for round the clock counselling. Preparation for this retreat began almost a month ago under the guidance of Fr Rector and was chiefly done by the Charismatic group.

Each day the talk would begin at 9.30 am. Themes like freedom, capital sin, purpose of life, effects of praise and worship and intimacy with God. The session on inner healing was very inspirational and helped us tangibly experience the Divine presence amidst us. Every evening two hours were set aside for the Eucharistic adoration. The presence of youngsters in the team who boldly and joyfully shared their personal experiences with Christ, was a great inspiration to all. Fr Sunil, in his humble and gentle ways, helped us focus our thoughts and energies in encountering the Lord through the talks, prayers and especially the moments spent with the Eucharistic Lord.

The retreat concluded on October 22, Saturday morning with the Eucharistic celebration. The following day, the same team animated the 160 youth gathered from the various ministry places which Brothers frequent on weekends, for a day of retreat. The youngsters loved this spiritual experience and made explicit their request of having such prayer sessions more than once a year. Very many of the Brothers too participated in this one-day retreat along with youngsters from the various parishes and neighbourhood. The basic requirements for the retreat were seen to by the members of the Mother Teresa group.
Br A. Syam

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