During the weekend of February 21-23, Loyola House of Retreats in Morristown, NJ, held its 69th annual Father Shealy Men’s Retreat. A strong showing of 93 men came to relax and recharge mentally, spiritually and physically.
The retreat was led by Fr. Fred Pellegrini, SJ, vocation promoter for the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces. He used the concept of a GPS – a global positioning system – to help orient the men to get the most out of their retreat. “My hope with the idea of the GPS was that people would realize that a global positioning system is something similar to what you have in yourself – a God positioning system to position yourself toward God, who is already positioned toward you,” he explained.
The group consisted of a wide age range of participants; some had gone to the retreat for many consecutive years, while this marked a first time for others. The youngest retreatant was 20 while the oldest was in his 80s and on his 65th retreat at Loyola House of Retreats.
Fr. Pellegrini said that the weekend was a extremely positive experience for the men involved. One retreatant said of the retreat, “I do not think it possible to put in words the most enjoyable, heart felt love I felt this weekend.” Another called it, “A welcoming home for a prodigal son.” “They really want to be there,” said Fr. Pellegrini. “What I found really heartening was to see how these men really wanted to find God and work with God in their lives, how important and valuable that is to them.”
Those interested in a retreat at Loyola can still join the men’s retreat taking place this weekend March 7-9 or the women’s retreat in April 11-13th. They will also be having their first, men and women silent Ignatian directed retreat weekend May 9-11th. Click here to view the full list of upcoming retreats. Register by calling 973-539-0740 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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