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Christ the King Seminary to offer summer retreats
Published Thursday, May 1, 2014

clientuploads/campus6774.jpgA seminar retreat and a silent, directed retreat are planned for this July at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. 
Praying “The Light of Faith,” July 6-11, will center on the first Encyclical of Pope Francis and will be facilitated by Father Peter Drilling, president and rector of the seminary.

The retreat will focus on reading, reflecting upon and praying about the encyclical.  Most of the encyclical was written by Pope Benedict XVI, and finished by Pope Francis.  It complements Benedict’s previous encyclicals on charity and hope.  This powerful encyclical on faith can serve as a directive for living a thoroughly Christian life.  Participants are asked to purchase “The Light of Faith,” available at The Catholic Union Store, 795 Main St, Buffalo, as well as on-line.

Priests, deacons, religious, lay ecclesial ministers, seminary students, alumni and others wishing to enter more deeply into the meaning of their baptismal call to serve in the name and the spirit of Christ Jesus are encouraged to attend.

A silent, 3-day directed retreat is scheduled for July 6-9.  There is flexibility in the program to meet the unique needs of participants. Optional daily activities include Eucharist and evening prayer.  The seminary campus offers beautiful natural spaces with trails, open fields and woods in which to walk and meditate.  Scheduled directors include Sister Mary Ellen Twist, RSM, Father Richard Reina and Msgr. James Wall, who are highly-trained and experienced in Ignatian-style retreats.  A period of time is set aside for participants to meet with their director each day.  A five day retreat option is available July 6-11.

Seminary students, alumni, lay ecclesial ministers, deacons, religious, priests and others wishing to come to the seminary’s peaceful setting for a special encounter with the Lord are encouraged to attend, along with those who minister to others who need to minister to themselves.

“A directed retreat allows individuals to take part, as they wish, in daily prayer and liturgy, and meet once daily with their director,” said Doug George, director of Lay Formation for Christ the King Seminary.  “During a seminary retreat, individuals meet twice daily for informal discussion regarding the study topic and participants are free to attend daily Mass and prayers.”

To register for either of these retreats, visit the Events section of  For further information, contact George at 655-7091 or