This retreat season coincides with the centennial of the arrival of the Passionists in Sierra Madre. What a wonderful, providential opportunity to focus on the Passion of Christ so central to Passionist spirituality and to the mission of Mater Dolorosa.
The Passion of Christ and the sufferings of the members of His Body, the Church, form one mystery. This retreat will provide the opportunity to gain a deeper awareness and understanding of this mystery: The Passion of Christ and the sufferings of his Body - member for member - are one.
The earliest Easter proclamation was "The Crucified One Lives." As the gospel account of "Doubting Thomas" makes clear, he found comfort in the wounds of Christ, Crucified and Risen. And Christ's Body, the Church, still bears wounds.
In the spirit of the Passionists we will consider ways in which we might find comfort in the Passion of Christ. Doing so brings us into closer union with God, invites us to a deeper knowledge of ourselves, and impels us to respond to the needs of others, especially those who are poor, suffering, or wounded in any way.
The Preaching Team for this retreat includes:
- Fr. Febin Barose, C.P.
- Fr. Clemente Barron, C.P.
- Mrs. Jean Bowler
- Fr. Bruno D'Souza, C.P.
- Fr. Michael Higgins, C.P.
- Br. John Rockenbach, C.P.
- Dr. Dan Van Dyke
- Dr. Michael Downey, PhD