On January 13, 2003, Our Lady of Thornwood Training and
Education Center in Thornwood, NY, in collaboration with SACERDOS, held a special Open House for Priests
and Seminarians. Taking advantage of the less hectic period after
the Christmas liturgical celebrations, the Legionaries invited all the priests
and seminarians with whom they work throughout the New York
archdiocese and the surrounding areas to tour the center, visit
the Christmas Room and take part in a wine and
cheese social. In addition, the event coincided with the beginning
of a week of Spiritual Exercises for Diocesan Priests organized
by the SACERDOS Office.
|The diocesan priests who participated in a week of Spiritual Exercises in Thornwood, NY, with Father Jeffrey Bowker, LC.|
In all, forty priests
and seminarians attended, including some seminarians from the New York
Archidiocese´s "Dunwoodie" Seminary (where two Legionaries teach Spanish language courses)
and a group from the "Douglaston" minor seminary in the
diocese of Brooklyn. During the social hour, various videos on
the Legion´s work were shown in the auditorium and after
a communal praying of Vespers, all sat down to a
fine evening meal.
Musical entertainment was provided by the center´s
band. The performance featured the presentation of a cake to
those priests celebrating ordination anniversaries. The activity left a deep
impression of joy and solidarity on all those present. One
priest who had come for spiritual exercises was very touched
by this his first experience of a Legionary community, and
he became a member of Regnum Christi.
It is hoped that this activity will become a tradition
and help create a true spirit of fraternity among the
Legionaries and their brother priests and priests-to-be.