A Tale of Two Retreats
I will be on retreat this weekend - a teaching retreat at Kellenberg Memorial High School's retreat facility. This retreat is run by a couple of retired NYC police officers who started an adult retreat program with the help of Fr. Benedict Groeschel. (For the whole story, see A Spirituality for Police Officers .) This is the first time that Fr. Groeschel will not be giving the opening talk at this unique type of retreat. The retreat is geared towards learning stuff instead of spirituality and the teaching is all solid. The speakers are: Msgr. George Graham, Msgr. William Smith, Fr. Andrew Apostoli, Mr. Tom Cook, and Mr. John Moreno. In a separate part of the school's beautiful campus, there will a Youth 2000 New York young people's retreat. The homilist at the closing Mass at the young people's event will be Fr. Groeschel! I will have to see if I can sneak over to the event on Sunday morning to see if I can say hi to him, but chances are he will spend the time with the kids and rightfully so. What a blessing to be able to see Fr. Groeschel again though. And this may be the first time he is out and speaking since the accident??
But, as the commercial says, Wait - There's More!! This teaching retreat I will attend will include a final talk by Fr. James Pereda, who will speak on the traditional Latin Mass. He asked for and received permission to offer the traditional Latin Mass after the talk on Sunday. So I will be attending a traditional Latin Mass at the same time and almost in the same place as Fr. Groeschel will be giving a homily at a Novus Ordo Mass. On the grounds of a large high school that is unapologetically Catholic. Things are looking up in this diocese!