The Paschal Mystery: An Unfolding Reality Within Us
The Triduum is a three-day ritual celebration that sums up, not only the Church Year, but is also a template for our own suffering, death and resurrection. Nor is that suffering, death and resurrection something that only takes place in the future and which we have to face with a more or less sense of dread.
The key is the descriptive adjective “mystery” in the term Paschal Mystery. Like any good mystery novel, we have a bit of the solution, and what we don’t have keeps us longing for what is missing. The longing itself is the fuel that keeps us involved and focused. The excitement — or for that matter the relief to the question, “Who done it?” — comes as each step draws us closer to the answer.
Join us for a silent three-day retreat focused on the Paschal Mystery in your own personal experience as well as in the liturgy of the Church. Be drawn into the mystery that is unfolding in your very life!
This special period of prayer, liturgy and presentations will lead us from Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday. Retreat in the quiet of our overnight accommodations. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, Labyrinth and peace garden at our Center as you journey through these final days of Lent. Check-in begins at 3pm and the retreat will begin with an orientation session at 5pm. This is a silent retreat. Guided by Fr. Nicholas Amato and Fr. Michael Schleupner.
Father Nicholas Amato is an Associate member of Mepkin Abbey. He has served more than 20 years as a pastor in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and is a graduate of the Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC. He has studied at the Vatican and in Israel. His ministry includes directing contemplative retreats, preaching parish missions, and offering days of recollection. He has served as associate faculty at the Shalem Institute in Washington, DC and as a member of the Spiritual Formation Department at St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring. He has Masters degrees in Counseling and in Theology, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Administration.
Father Michael Schleupner has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore since 1972. Recently, he retired from full-time active ministry. He served in Archdiocesan administrative posts for twenty years and after that, for eight years as pastor of Saint Francis de Sales Parish and then for ten years as pastor of Saint Margaret’s, a parish of 4,400 families located twenty-five miles northeast of Baltimore. Father has led faith forums and formational experiences for groups of all ages. He continues to be very active, assisting at parishes on weekends, providing spiritual direction for individuals, offering retreat days, and serving as a mentor for first-time pastors in the Archdiocese. He has graduate degrees in Theology, Church Administration, and Canon Law and is part of the retreat staff of Mepkin Trappist Abbey.