Summer Retreat Week with Fr. Nicholas Amato
“Jesus asked, ‘Do you see anything?’ He looked up and said, ‘I see people; they look like trees walking around.’ Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” Mark 8:23-25
We look at our lives and believe we have grown spiritually. We’re just not sure how much and in what direction. The longing for prayer is real, but at times we feel as if we are slipping backward in our spiritual life. We wish there was an easy way to see where we are, where we seem to be headed and what it might take to get there. Our retreat will be looking at the stages of spiritual development, a development similar to the blind man in the Gospel of Mark. An initial survey especially designed for this retreat will help participants see where they stand spiritually, and where they might like to move with God’s grace. The retreat will assist in seeing what it would take to move to another step of spiritual development.
This is a silent retreat. Check-in begins at 3pm, dinner will be served at 6 and then the retreat will begin. Silence begins after this evening session. Dialogue will take place during daily presentations and spiritual direction sessions. Silence will end with the last session on Saturday morning.
Father Nicholas is a regular retreat presenter here at Bon Secours. He is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and was ordained in 1970. For more that 20 years Father has served as a pastor. He is a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. He has taken part in extended sabbaticals in Rome, in Israel, and at Mepkin Trappist Abbey in South Carolina. Serving as adjunct faculty at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C., he has taught their Personal Spiritual Deepening Program. Father also served on the spiritual formation staff of St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring and is the founder of the Mepkin Priest Wellness Program.
His ministry includes directing contemplative retreats, preaching parish missions, and offering days of recollection. He has Masters degrees in Counseling and in Theology, and a Doctorate in Educational Management. In 2016 his latest book, Living in God: Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action, was published by WestBow Press.