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Jerusalem, Israel. April 23, 2009. The Sacerdos Institute is
offering its 9th international renewal course for diocesan priests in
the Holy Land this upcoming July 15 to August 3,
2009. The priestly renewal course will be held at the
Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center, which is directed
by the Legionaries of Christ.
Located in the heart of
Jerusalem, the renewal course offers diocesan priests worldwide a unique
opportunity to delve more deeply into their priestly spirituality. The
atmosphere of prayer, reflection, charity, and fellowship, as well as
the sharing of pastoral experiences, enrich all of the participants.
For more information and to register, click here.
last year’s course
The most recent renewal course was held from
January 20 to February 9, with 34 diocesan priests from
15 countries, including the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico, England,
Ireland, the Philippines, Spain, Austria, Italy, Colombia, Bolivia, Guatemala, Ecuador,
Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, and Vietnam.
In addition to their pilgrimages
to the holy places in Israel, the priests participated in
various spiritual and formative activities. The first three days, after
a brief introduction to the course and to the Holy
Land, were dedicated completely to prayer. This took the form
of Ignatian spiritual exercises, preached in English by Father David
Kluk, LC, and in Spanish by Father Francisco Mateos, LC.
The guest speakers at the course included His Beatitude Bishop
Foual Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, who spoke on
the situation of the Church in the Holy Land; Father
Artemio Vítores, O.F.M., the Vicar of the Custody of the
Holy Land, on the work of the Franciscans in the
Holy Land; Professor Mustafà Abu Sway, a Muslim imam, on
Islam; Rabbi David Roeen, on Judaism and relations with Christians;
and Mr. Joseph Donnelly, Permanent Delegate to the United Nations
for Caritas International, on the importance of the Catholic Church’s
charitable work in the Holy Land.
For more information, write to
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or visit the Sacerdos Institute
web site at www.sacerdos.org/english.