Syro-Malankara Catholic Eparchial Clergy Retreat 2023
The tranquil surroundings of the Don Bosco Retreat Centre in Stony Point, New York, bore witness to a spiritually enriching experience as the Clergy of St. Mary Queen of Peace Eparchy gathered for a transformative retreat. The retreat, led by the esteemed Dr. Ralph C. Martin, aimed to rejuvenate the clergy's spiritual journey and foster a deeper connection with their faith and vocation.
Clergy members from various parishes across the Eparchy came together to participate in the four-day retreat, which took place from Sunday, July 23 to Wednesday, July 26, 2023.
Dr. Ralph C. Martin, renowned for his profound insights into Catholic theology and spirituality, proved to be an exceptional guide for the clergy's spiritual journey. With a wealth of experience in leading retreats and fostering spiritual growth, Dr. Martin artfully combined scriptural wisdom, theological teachings, and personal anecdotes to inspire and empower the attendees.
Throughout the retreat, participants engaged in a variety of activities aimed at fostering spiritual reflection, communal prayer, and personal growth. Daily Mass, liturgical prayer, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament formed the spiritual core of the retreat, providing attendees with a unique opportunity to deepen their relationship with God.
In addition to spiritual guidance, the clergy had opportunities for individual and group reflection, allowing them to share their experiences and challenges as ministers. The supportive environment and shared camaraderie strengthened their bonds as colleagues and friends, fostering a sense of unity among the attendees.
The St. Mary Queen of Peace Syro-Malankara Catholic Eparchy in the USA and Canada expresses heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Ralph C. Martin for his invaluable contribution in guiding the clergy towards a deeper understanding of their vocation and fostering a renewed sense of zeal for their pastoral responsibilities.