Yesterday, our diocesan pastoral staff made our annual retreat.  We once again enjoyed the hospitality of the Benedictine Sisters at St. Walburga Abbey in Northern Colorado.  We truly enjoyed the new addition to their facility of a conference room and new refectory.

It was a bit windy and cool to enjoy the opportunities to walk outdoors, but it was a beautiful setting none-the-less, and a prayerful space.

We also enjoyed the guidance of Brother Loughlan Sofield, S.T. (Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity)  Brother Loughlan has quite a background of psychology and spirituality, and led us in some great discussion and insight into enhancing our efforts around collaborative ministry.  I believe everyone present benefited from his teaching, and was challenged to a new level of conversion with regards to their unique gifts and how they can further enhance the ministry and mission of the church.

Once again, I was reminded of how truly blessed I am with such a gifted and dedicated pastoral staff.  I am truly grateful for each of the people that serve our diocese.

Following our retreat, I made my way to Denver for an evening dinner with some bishops and priests at Archbishop Chaput’s residence.  As always, he was a gracious host and provided a wonderful meal and a great opportunity for priestly fraternity.

Today, the priests of the Archdiocese of Denver gathered for their Lenten day of prayer and reconciliation.  I was asked to be the homilist for the penance service.  The seminarians of St. John Vianey also joined us.  After the service, I had the privilege of celebrating the noon seminary Mass, and then joining the community for lunch.  After lunch, I headed home for an appointment, took care of some more correspondence and called it a day.

In the morning, some family arrives in town for a few days.  So, church, things may go silent here for a while.  I hope to post a thought or two in the morning for the Solemnity of The Annunciation.

Keep praying and enjoy this rare Feast Friday of Lent!