Saint Benedict, Ore. – Before beginning the spring semester of classes, Mount Angel Seminary held its annual silent retreat from January 4-8, 2016, this year facilitated by the Most Rev. Edward Burns, Bishop of Juneau in Alaska.
Bishop Burns led the seminarians in a week-long reflection on the Lord’s Prayer, focusing on the theme, “Lord, teach us how to pray.” Bishop Burns explained that this simple yet essential prayer “places context on who we are, what we are about, and why we pray.” He reminded the seminarians that “today’s priesthood demands courage and fortitude” and that it is “a vocation of lifetime commitment and service.” Encouraging everyone gathered to “draw strength from the Eucharistic mystery,” Bishop Burns exhorted the seminarians to be active in their formation, which will continue after ordination to the priesthood as they “go out and audaciously proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
|Bishop Edward Burns and formation director Fr. Ralph Recker, OSB|
The retreat consisted of conferences, daily Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, and quiet solitude along with opportunities for confession, Eucharistic adoration, private prayer, and spiritual direction. Mount Angel Seminary holds the annual silent retreat for currently enrolled diocesan seminarians, including those who are completing their pastoral internships, in order to further their spiritual formation as they continue to prepare for the holy priesthood.