‘Year of Clergy’-themed retreat set for priests

‘Year of Clergy’-themed retreat set for priests

In celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, the Theological Centrum is organizing a retreat for diocesan priests to be held from Nov. 12 to 15 at the Tagaytay Conference Center in Mendez, Cavite.

In line with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) 9-year spiritual journey, the theme adopted for this year’s retreat is “The clergy and consecrated persons: Renewed servant leaders for the New Evangelization.”

Pope Francis, in his Letter to the People of God, dated August 20, 2018, called for “a personal and communal conversion that makes us see things as the Lord does… to experience a conversion of heart in his presence.”

‘Prayer and penance’

Theological Centrum retreat organizers hope the retreat will offer priests an opportunity for “prayer and penance… to feel involved in the ecclesial and social change” that the Pope stressed, “we so greatly need”.

Activities for each day include the celebration of the Holy Mass, guided meditations, a talk on practical topics on the life and ministry of priests, personal examination of conscience, Rosary, and Eucharistic adoration.

Other priests will facilitate the retreat by giving talks and by being available for spiritual guidance, confession, and consultation.

Universal call to holiness

Established in 1985, Theological Centrum is an initiative of priests of the Prelature of Opus Dei, with the support of professional men and women, which aims to support the ongoing formation of priests and seminarians in the local churches.

Theological Centrum organizes activities for priests and seminarians all over the country, such as retreats and recollections, conferences on philosophy and theology, and yearly seminars for priests and seminarians.

The Centrum also offers publications such as newsletters and books for spiritual reading and the ecclesiastical sciences.

For more information, interested priests may contact Noriezhen John Basilio, administrative assistant, at Theological Centrum email theologicalcentrum@gmail.com or tele-fax (02) 634-85-90.