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Spiritual Exercises for Priests
Seventh annual retreat held in California this month

Mass at SE for priests in California

Diocesan priests from around the country participated in the seventh annual Spiritual Exercises for Priests, hosted by the Legionaries of Christ in Cupertino, California, at Our Lady of Santa Clara Retreat Center from January 13-17, 2014. This year’s preacher was Fr. Dean Stasell LC, who serves the Los Angeles area.

The retreat included daily conferences with reflections to facilitate a one-on-one personal dialogue with Christ.

“The goal is to help the priests get renewed, strengthened and revitalized in their vocation and in love for the Church,” said Fr. Timothy Lyons, LC, who works in San Jose, California.

Although the three days of retreat
Fr. Dean Stasell LC preaching SE
Fr. Dean Stasell LC gives homily during Mass.
are in silence, there is time for friendship and relaxation before and after.

The daily schedule included a concelebrated Mass, directed meditations with time for private prayer, Stations of the Cross, Eucharistic Adoration, as well as an opportunity for spiritual guidance and the sacrament of reconciliation.

Some of those who attended chose to stay an extra day for a guided tour of San Francisco Bay with some of the Legionaries.

“This retreat is great,” said Fr. Matt Blank from the diocese of Sacramento. “The setting is beautiful, with a really good schedule. There´s a good balance of preaching and time for individual prayer of reflection on the word preached.  The meals are wonderful, including having a Legionary read to the group at meal time from very edifying material.”

Fr. Paul Waddell from the Archdiocese of New York and a Regnum Christi member, said, “The Holy Spirit was really working through Fr Dean. It was great to be with priests from all over the country. There are many insights that I will be able to take with me from these Spiritual Exercises back home to my ministry.  I am grateful for the wonderful work of the Legionaries of Christ, who are instruments of God’s grace for so many of us.”

Next year’s retreat is already scheduled for January 12-16, 2015. For more information, please visit the website or contact by
SE for priests
The retreat included daily conferences with reflections to encourage a one-on-one relationship with Christ.



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