Be refreshed and renewed in your ministry of diaconal formation. This retreat with the Institute for Diaconate Renewal at Franciscan University of Steubenville will give you an opportunity to join fellow deacon directors as you step away from the busyness of life and spend intentional time with Jesus Christ.
Deacon James Keating
Deacon Keating is a professor of spiritual theology (Kenrick Glennon Seminary, St Louis, MO). He served as director of Theological Formation for the Institute for Priestly Formation (Creighton University). He is a leading voice calling for clerical formation rooted in spiritual/human formative integration. He has shared his vision for renewal in hundreds of publications and workshops in major seminaries, liturgical institutes, clergy formation, and retreat centers across the United States and in Rome.
Why Four Days, Silent, Directed?
- to decompress, enter a deeper self-awareness,
- to distinguish between God’s thoughts, our own, and those of the adversary,
- to track affective movements,
- to know and experience Christ the Servant’s heart, the source of Trinitarian love.
- to get comfortable with listening to our hearts and recognize God’s heart,
- to hear God’s wordless message,
- to let his presence and love touch us,
- to let go of our interior noise, to allow God to embrace our hearts.
- orientation provided for silent prayer, interior listening,
- Mass, liturgical and private prayer, adoration, confession,
- two brief orientation sessions per day (morning, afternoon),
- two spiritual direction meetings,
- evening sessions to share the fruits,
- private and communal lectio divina,
- plus time for rest, relaxation, exercise, spiritual reading.
Location & Amenities
Check-in: Sunday, July 9; 6:00 p.m.; at St. Junipero Serra Hall
Private room with A/C
Places of solitude and outdoor Stations of the Cross
Multiple chapels for prayer
Three meals and beverage service daily
Free airport shuttle upon request