We have often heard that the Pascal Mystery draws us into the death and resurrection of Jesus. How can that reality, that promise, be part of our experience and not simply a part of our intellectual belief? Each day of this Triduum retreat will have a different lens through which to experience the Paschal Mystery unfolding in our lives.
Holy Thursday’s session and liturgy will have us experience the power of memory. Good Friday’s session and liturgy, the portal of pain. Finally, Holy Saturday, will open the possibility for a new perspective of belief. Plan now to join us for three days that will not only contribute to a “holy week,” but may well be personally transformational. The Holy Week retreat will take place in an atmosphere of prayer and silence. This year’s contemplatively oriented retreat will be led by Fr. Nicholas Amato & Fr. Michael Schleupner.
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 begin at 3pm and the retreat will begin with an orientation session at 5pm. This is a silent retreat.
Our Two Guides for the Triduum Retreat:
Father Nicholas Amato is no stranger at Bon Secours and offers several retreats each year. In 2008 he became an Associate member of Mepkin
Trappist Abbey and continues to offer retreats there as well. 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. He has studied at the Vatican and in Israel. He has served as adjunct faculty at the Shalem Institute 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. He is the author of Living in God: Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action (2016) and Moving from Stress to Joy (2018). In early 2020 he will publish Seekers: One and All which as his other books will also be available from Amazon.
Father Michael Schleupner has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore since his ordination in 1972. He served in Archdiocesan administrative positions for twenty years and the as pastor of parishes for eighteen years, most recently at Saint Margaret Parish in Bel Air, Maryland. Father retired from that pastorate and from fulltime ministry in 2016. Since then, he is ministering in various ways, including: assisting at parishes on weekends, offering spiritual direction in a parish setting and at the Caritas Counseling Center in Towson, directing retreats and retreat days, serving as a mentor for some first-time pastors, and composing a weekly electronic spiritual message called Inbox Inspirations (firstname.lastname@example.org). Father has Masters Degrees in Theology and in Church Administration and a Licentiate Degree in Canon Law. He has also done studies in spirituality, spiritual direction, and in secularism.