Men’s Silent Retreat: Finding God in Daily Life
Date: Thursday 8 March 2018
Who is it for?
This retreat is for adult men, single or married, of any age.
It will be directed by a priest and a lay man from Opus Dei, a personal prelature of the Catholic Church. Opus Dei aims to help people of all walks of life to strive for holiness and to evangelise in a natural manner wherever they are, especially through their daily work.
How will it be structured?
Participants are asked to arrive on Thursday evening by 8.30pm in time for a 9pm opening talk.
Meditations and talks will be given by a priest on the central themes of the Catholic faith. These will be combined with times for private prayer and examination of conscience, as well as devotional exercises such as the Stations of the Cross and the Rosary. Mass will be celebrated daily. The retreat will be undertaken in silence to facilitate personal prayer and reflection, ending on Sunday at 3pm.
The meditations and talks will touch on such topics as: the meaning of our life, God’s designs for humanity, our life in the light of God’s Revelation, God and individual freedom, Jesus Christ, true God and true man, the Passion of Christ and the mystery of Redemption, eternal life, Family and Christian life, the vocations to marriage and celibacy, ordinary work and holiness, prayer and the sacraments in the life of the Christian, the greatness of ordinary life, the apostolate of the Christian, and Our Lady as a model of sanctity.
Within the retreat, participants will also have an opportunity to discuss their own personal situation with the priest or lay man to obtain advice appropriate to their specific circumstances.
The cost for the 3 day retreat is £180 (£120 for students and the unwaged) which includes accommodation and full board. We request that this amount be paid by each participant even if they do not attend the full three days. That said we wish that no-one be discouraged from attending a retreat because of difficulty in making payment. Therefore if you are unable to pay the full cost, please contact DowryHouse@walsingham.org.uk with a brief reason, indicating the amount you would be able to offer. Optional contributions over and above the retreat fee may be made to the RC National Shrine. These will allow the Shrine to cover the costs of those who are unable to offer the full fee.
Walsingham is an hour from King’s Lynn station. Subject to demand, we may also be able to offer a pickup and drop-off service from/to King’s Lynn station.
The retreat will take place at the Dowry House in Walsingham, the Catholic National Shrine’s newly refurbished retreat centre in the heart of Walsingham. Dowry House, a historic medieval building, has its own chapel, conference room, 2 libraries and can accommodate up to 26 retreatants.