AMRH Sponsored

Preached Priest Retreats – 2017

June 11-15, 2017 — Rev. Vincent Tobin, O.S.B., Retreat Director

Father Vincent Tobin was born in Pittsburgh, PA January 28, 1933. He professed his vows at St. Meinrad Archabbey July 31, 1954 and was ordained a priest May 11, 1959. His education includes; BA St. Meinrad College (History)1959, STB Catholic University of America 1960, MA St. Louis University (Latin) 1965, MDiv St. Meinrad School of Theology 1974, STL Gregorian University Rome/Institute of Spirituality 1979.

Fr. Tobin has extensive teaching experience in the United States and Rome, and has served the Benedictines in many different capacities.

The retreat is entitled “The Psalms as Continuing Formation.” The prayers of the Book of Psalms describe virtually every human condition, thought and feeling. They are bold and robust, not afraid to confront YAWEH for what seems to be his going to sleep in time of trouble. For two thousand years they have shaped and challenged the faith of Jews and Christians and continue to educate us in the mysterious ways of God. We will follow them from complaint and hope to praise and thanksgiving, from obligation to appreciation.

Suggested reading, From Whom No Secrets Are Hid, Introduction to the Psalms by Walter Brueggemann.

The offering for the retreat will be $350.00. The retreat begins on Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. and concludes Thursday after lunch.

Once again we are offering silent and talking wings for the retreat. If you want your retreat to be silent, sign up for silent and if you want to talk during the retreat, sign up for non-silent.

October 22-26, 2017 — Rev. Eugene Hensell, O.S.B., Retreat Director

Father Eugene Hensell is a Benedictine monk from the Archabbey of Saint Meinrad. He was born in Logansport, Indiana in 1942 and did his undergraduate and seminary education at St. Meinrad being ordained a priest in 1969. Subsequent to ordination Father Eugene pursued and obtained an M.A. degree (1971) and a Ph.D. degree (1975) in Biblical Languages and Literature from St. Louis University. While in St. Louis and in addition to graduate studies, Father Eugene was engaged in parish work, campus ministry, and college teaching.

Returning to Saint Meinrad in 1978, Father Eugene continued his teaching of scripture at both St. Meinrad College and St. Meinrad School of Theology. Since 1997 Father Eugene has been engaged in full-time retreat work, conducting biblical retreats and workshops for priests, religious, and laity throughout the country and in several foreign countries.

Father Eugene is an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association, The Society of Biblical Literature, and The American Academy of Religion.  He is the past president of The American Benedictine Academy.  For the past thirty years Father Eugene has been a contributing writer for Weekday and Sunday Homily Helps, a service published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.  He also contributes biblical reflections to Give Us This Day, published by Liturgical Press. He regularly contributes book reviews to The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, The Review of Biblical Literature, Cistercian Studies and other scholarly journals.  He also is an associate editor for The American Benedictine Review.

The retreat is entitled “As The Master Goes so Goes The Disciple: A Retreat Based on the Gospel of Mark.” The gospel of Mark is unique for a number of reasons. It is the earliest written gospel we possess. It also presents a very challenging portrait of Jesus, one that readers often prefer to modify by synthesizing it with the other gospels. The basic emphasis of this retreat will be that the gospel of Mark, and the Jesus presented in that gospel, provide some very challenging and inspirational insights into current Christian life and ministry as it is lived out in the church today. The presentations highlight some of those insights.

The offering for the retreat will be $350.00. The retreat begins on Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. and concludes Thursday after lunch.

Once again we are offering silent and talking wings for the retreat. If you want your retreat to be silent, sign up for silent and if you want to talk during the retreat, sign up for non-silent.

 

Lay Retreats – 2017

February 17-19, 2017  — WOMEN’S RETREAT  — Sr. Jeanine Kuhn, Retreat Director

Theme: “We are God’s work of art … and, We are fellow workers with God.”

Ephesians 2:10, 1 Cor 3:9

Sr. Jeanine Kuhn is a former director of American Martyrs Retreat House.   She has served as a teacher, pastoral associate and Congregational leader. Sr. Jeanine is a spiritual director and gives retreats and renewal days. She celebrated her Diamond Jubilee (60 years) as a member of the Sisters of the Presentation, in July of 2016. She is now semi-retired living in Dubuque at the formation house on the grounds of the Motherhouse.

The retreat begins at 8:00 p.m. Friday and concludes after lunch Sunday.

Retreat Contribution: AMRH requests a contribution of $135.00 per person for the weekend ($25.00 deposit secures your reservation and is credited to your offering for the retreat).

 

April 7-9, 2017 — MEN’S RETREAT — Rev. James Starbuck, Retreat Director

Theme:  “Gentlemen Start Your Engines”

An opportunity to take 48 hours to travel around your life and your heart, so as to come to a deeper relationship with Jesus.

Fr. Jim Starbuck was ordained a priest for the Oakland Diocese of California. He served in the military as a surgical nurse and later, after his ordination and a time in parish work, as a Chaplain. Fr. Jim lives in Cedar Falls. He gives retreats, missions, renewal days, is a spiritual director, and he has a healing ministry. He speaks from his heart sharing his own relationship with Jesus and the work of the Spirit.

Arrival is at 8:00 p.m. Friday and departure after lunch Sunday.

Retreat Contribution: AMRH requests a contribution of $135.00 per person for the weekend ($25.00 deposit secures your reservation and is credited to your offering for the retreat).

 

August 11-13, 2017 — MARIAN RETREAT FOR MEN & WOMEN  — Rev. Jerry Kopacek, Retreat Director

Theme: “Our Lady of Fatima-100 Years Later”

In 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared six times to three young children in Fatima, Portugal.  She gave them a number of messages and urged them to pray for the conversion of sinners.  During this retreat we will review the story of Fatima and what Mary showed the children and what she told them.  We will also see how the message of Fatima is still very timely and relevant for us 100 years later.

Retreat Director: Fr. Jerry Kopacek

Fr. Kopacek grew up on a farm near Britt in north-central Iowa and graduated from Britt High School in 1973. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1977 with a B.A. in political science and history, and then graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1980. He worked for four years in Des Moines, mostly as a law clerk for the Iowa Court of Appeals. While working in Des Moines he began thinking more and more about the priesthood and began theological studies at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore MD in 1984 and was ordained as a Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of Dubuque in May of 1988.

Fr. Kopacek has served as an associate pastor in Dyersville, Mason City, Marion and Springville. He also served as principal of Newman High School in Mason City.

He has served as pastor in three Catholic parishes in Winnebago County, in Marshalltown, Waterloo, Dyersville, Worthington. He currently is the spiritual director for St. Pius X Seminary, for the young men at Loras College in Dubuque who are in college-level discernment and formation for priesthood.

Retreat Contribution: AMRH requests a contribution of $135.00 per person for the weekend ($25.00 deposit secures your reservation and is credited to your offering for the retreat).

 

October 6-8, 2017 —  CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS/WOMEN’S RETREAT – Rev. Dan Knipper, Retreat Director

Theme: “Live Successfully with Faith, Hope and Charity.”

With these three virtues active in our life we will find that our life will be filled with a success that supersedes all that we might find in worldly goals and ambitions.

Fr. Dan Knipper was ordained in the Archdiocese of Dubuque by Archbishop James J. Byrne in June of 1967. Since then he has served the Archdiocese in a variety of ways including parishes, high schools and grade schools in St. Raphael Cathedral, Bellevue, Gilbertville, Holy Cross, North Buena Vista, Cresco, Plymouth Rock, director of American Martyrs Retreat House, University of Northern Iowa, Dike, Waterloo, Lansing, New Albin, Harpers Ferry, Cherry Mound & Wexford all within the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

He has also been very active in liturgy and especially liturgical music on a diocesan and national level. At present he is retired in Decorah and continues to carry on his priestly ministry through parish coverage in the North East Iowa area.

Retreat Contribution: AMRH requests a contribution of $135.00 per person for the weekend ($25.00 deposit secures your reservation and is credited to your offering for the retreat).

 

November 3-5, 2017 — KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS OF THE STATE OF IOWA RETREAT – Rev. Richard Ament, Retreat Director

Theme:  “The King: the King’s Knights; the Kingdom”

First Conference:  Who is this King whom we serve:  getting it right about Jesus Christ and the reign/kingdom of God.

Second Conference:  The King’s Knights:  Knights as disciples of God in Jesus Christ.

Third Conference:  The nature of the reign/kingdom of God.

The thrust of this retreat is to explore and meditate on the marvelous mystery of the reign of God as spoken of and acted upon by Jesus Christ.  Then, to touch upon how the Knights of Columbus can carry on and carry out what Jesus began 21 centuries ago.  A great deal of use will be made of the New Testament Scriptures,

Retreat Contribution: AMRH requests a contribution of $135.00 per person for the weekend ($25.00 deposit secures your reservation and is credited to your offering for the retreat).

 

December 31, 2017 — January 1, 2018  —  NEW YEAR’S EVE RETREAT

Arrival is at 5:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve and departure at 11:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Retreat Contribution:  AMRH requests a contribution of $65.00 per person.  As a “thank you” to the DREAMERS, they may deduct $5.00 if they worked on the DREAM weekend!

 

Preached Priest Retreats – 2018

June 10-14, 2018

October 21-25, 2018

 

Lay Retreats – 2018

January 26-28, 2018  — WOMEN’S RETREAT

March 23-25, 2018 — MEN’S RETREAT

August 10-12, 2018 — MARIAN RETREAT FOR MEN & WOMEN

October 12-14, 2018 — C.D.A./WOMEN’S RETREAT

November 16-18, 2018 — KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS OF IOWA RETREAT

December 31, 2017 – January 1, 2018 — NEW YEAR’S EVE RETREAT

 

Mini or one day retreats are also presented.  They are sponsored by the Catholic Parishes of Waterloo/Cedar Falls and American Martyrs Retreat House.  Watch the website or parish flyers for more details.

 

 

 


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