As the next Retreat Day at St. Brigid’s Church, Cowwarr is fast approaching (29th August), here is a report of the First Retreat day on 18th July:
The Gippsland Ordinariate community offered the first in a series of three retreat days at St Brigid’s Catholic Church, Cowwarr. The program of retreat days are days of stillness and silence, called “Deepening Prayer, Seeking God’s Presence” is a unique opportunity for those people who cannot commit to a continuous three day retreat, but would like to opportunity to explore prayer, stillness, and silence.
What we have done is made available a contiguous three day retreat. Each day is separated by time, but each builds on the day before. The retreat conductor is Mr Fred Hardy ThL (Hons), MA (Spirituality), MDiv, an Anglican retreat master, and a man that is himself steeped in prayer and contemplation..
The first day was very much a success. The first of the three days there were 18 attendees making the most of the mass, presentation, silence, and reconciliation. The first presentation by Mr Hardy was on Christ’s example taken from the Gospels, His prayer before each event in His life, and His withdrawal into solitude. Mr. Hardy demonstrated that Christ was a man steeped in prayer, stillness, and silence. The second presentation was on the Lord’s Prayer as prayer, and as an ‘how to” of prayer.
The two days to follow are::
29th August: Saturday: 9.30am – 4pm: Prayer: Oratio/Meditation
24th October: Saturday:: 9.30am – 4.00pm: Contemplatio
For further information contact Fr Ken Clark OLSC:
email: email@example.com: or see the Gippsland Ordinariate Blog: https://gippslandordinariate.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/retreatquiet-days/.
There is no cost of the retreat.
Here is the timetable of the Retreat Day on 29th August:
- Arrival in the Hall: 9.30am
- Introduction: Fr Ken Clark OLSC 9.50am
- Mass: 10am
- 1st Address: 10.30am
- Quiet Time/reflection: 11.00am
- Angelus: 12.00 noon
- Rosary after Angelus
- Lunch (BYO): 1.00pm
- 2nd Address: 1.45pm
- Quiet Time/confession: 2.15pm
- Evening Prayer: 3.45pm
- Close: 4.00pm