I will be out of the office this coming week until Friday. I will be attending the diocesan priest’s convocation in Staunton, VA. This is the one time of the year all the priests of our diocese are able to gather together. Given how much land the Diocese of Richmond covers, this is quite an accomplishment. This is a time for our priests to come together in fraternity, and prayer. We celebrate Mass together every day. There is also an educational component to the week as we will have a series of talks throughout the week as well. The theme for our convocation this year is marriage and the family to coincide with the synod going on in Rome right now.
Getting away like this is a great time to be spiritually recharged. It is good for our clergy to be able to do this, but it is also good for anyone. No matter how devout our lives are and how much time we spend in prayer, there is a great value in getting away from everything else that fills our lives so we can be spiritually refreshed. There are many ways this can be done. If anyone is interested in this and can’t quite find the right spiritual retreat, come talk to me about it. I have many ideas to share.