Come & See Retreat Offers New Insights Into Glenmary

Posted: 1/13/2012

New Year's 2012 Come & See retreat groupFor the New Year's Come & See retreat hosted by Glenmary, two discerners, one current Glenmary aspirant, and another student met vocation director Brother David Henley and associate vocation director Pat McEntee in Hartford, Ky., to learn about Glenmary's charism and missions. The weekend was more active than a typical retreat, but then Glenmary is probably more active than a typical religious community. The retreatants enjoyed visits to Glenmary's House of Studies and St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, Ind., where Glenmary seminarians study theology.

New Year's Eve was celebrated with a Guatemalan community in Beaver Dam, Ky. The event took place in the parish hall of Holy Redeemer Church, a former Glenmary mission. That night's activity also included a house call to a local family who had invited the group to join them for a meal.

The group attended Sunday Mass on New Year's Day at Christ the King, Glenmary's mission in Scottsville, Ky. After a parish social at the church hall, the group traveled to St John the Evangelist Parish in Sunfish, Ky., in order to visit the very first Glenmary mission church.

"This retreat was a great way for the men to personally experience different aspects of Glenmary," says Brother David. "They gained some new insights into life in the missions; Glenmary's history and charisms; the kind of mission where they could serve; and our formation process and where they might study."

Photos from the weekend can be viewed on Glenmary Vocation Office's Facebook page