By Sr. Therese Maria Touma
We directed a women’s spiritual retreat at St. Anthony’s Maronite Church, Danbury Connecticut on April 28-29. Father Jean Younes, M.L.M., pastor offered us generous hospitality during our weekend visit which included an opportunity for Mother Marla Marie to speak at the Liturgies about Pope Benedict’s message on the World Prayer Day for Vocations.
The Seeking His Light in Prayer retreat included presentations on the four movements of prayer, Lectio Divina and how to approach the Mystery of Penance. In the evening, we offered the ladies a guided hour of Eucharistic Adoration, praying the four movements.
“In my name and the ladies of St Anthony , we would like to thank you for leading us with sister Therese during the retreat in Danbury. You presence affected many lives,” said Fr. Jean.
At the weekend Divine Liturgies, Mother Marla Marie challenged the parents and the grandparents and all those present to be generous and bold in praying for and encouraging vocations in their own families and parish community.
May God bless St. Anthony’s parish and all our Maronite parishes with many holy vocations to the priesthood and religious life!