Event for committees, leadership teams, and all who would like to grow in intentional discipleship
WAVERLY (SNR) - Father Joseph Walsh invites all men and women to a retreat entitled, “Stewardship: Sharing the Master’s Joy,” to be held Feb. 2-4 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly.
Topics for the stewardship retreat include the Spirituality of Stewardship: what does it mean to be a good steward; the Gospel and Stewardship: putting one’s faith into action; and the Stewardship Parish: how to implement on the parish level.
Father Walsh emphasized the spiritual dimension of stewardship, saying, “it means taking what we believe and putting it into practice.
“It is giving thanks to God for the faith and gifts we have received by using them in his service,” he said.
Father Walsh was quick to note that “stewardship is not a ‘code word’ for fundraising, or just about giving of our time, talents and treasure. It’s more than just throwing money in the basket and helping with the fish fry. It involves living spiritual and holy lives, serving God and others, in sum: being a true disciple of Jesus Christ.”
Therefore, while he especially invites those on parish stewardship committees and leadership teams, he also says “this retreat is for all who are striving to or want to practice stewardship in their lives: those who would like to grow in intentional discipleship and the practical stage of living their faith.”
For personal growth in living out stewardship, Father Walsh recommends the U.S. Bishop’s pastoral letter Stewardship: The Disciples’ Response and Sherry Weddell’s book, “Intentional Discipleship.” He said two foundational books for parish stewardship are “Rebuilt” by Father Michael White and Tom Corcoran, and “Divine Renovation” by Father James Mallon.
Father Walsh said he believes in the importance of retreats for all priests, religious, and laity.
“The Lord invites us to draw near and longs for our presence with him,” he explained, “and that’s what a retreat accomplishes.”
Father Walsh is pastor of St. Cecilia Church in Hastings, where the priests are striving to implement stewardship in their parish communities, and he was recently named Special Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House offers a peaceful atmosphere of prayer and recollection, with single rooms and private baths. Retreats include meditations, silence, prayer, adoration and the sacraments and typically begin with a rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. Friday, and end with Mass on Sunday, followed by lunch.
Upcoming retreats at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House will be held Feb. 16-18 for women with Father Sean Kilcawley; Feb. 23-25 for men with Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz; and Mar. 2-4 for both men and women, with Father Joseph Faulkner.