A Subpriory Retreat to Remember
Canisius Retreat Centre, Pymble, Sydney, July 2018
Report by Confrere Stephen Gatt
The two-day, residential, national Subpriory of the Immaculate Conception Retreat at the Canisius Jesuit Retreat Centre in Pymble, NSW just prior to the Central East Region’s Day of Reflection at The Mary McKillop Centre in North Sydney, proved to be a resounding success under the leadership of the retreat master, Rev. Fr. Geoffrey Plant.
The theme chosen for this retreat was ‘The Significance of St. John the Baptist in the Life of Christ”. Fr. Plant, author of many books and Parish Priest for St. Michael’s in Lane Cove, is an authority on the Gospels and his daily homilies are available on-line.
As a frequent visitor to the Holy Land he was able to bring to life, using powerful presentations, the locations and circumstances surrounding The Baptist’s Life as precursor to Christ’s mission.
Thanks to a tight programme with corresponding prayers, reflections and group interaction at Lauds, Vespers and Compline, interspersed with periods of quiet reflection in solitude, the spiritual needs of a large group of attendees were amply met. Several aids – The Presence of God (by Fr Anselm Moynihan OP), Rosary Cards, A Member’s Reflection on the Order’s Daily Prayer, the Rugged Rosary and Marian Spirituality in Our Times – formed the nucleus for several discussions and contemplations.
Stephen Gatt, 22 August.2018
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