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Fr. Mark Cyza, Healing in the Heart of Christ
Msgr. Joseph Nemec, Discipleship according to St. John's Gospel
Fr. Christopher Kubat: Women's Reflection The Meaning of Suffering
Fr. Sean Kilcawley: Men's Retreat, Fearless Fatherhood
Fr. Jacque Philippe: Personal Prayer and a Deep Relationship with God
Fr. Anthony and Br. Angelus, CFR, Is my faith and trust in God growing?
Bishop Conley and Fr. Coulter, Advent Retreat
Msgr. Timothy Thorburn, Does Jesus Really Care?
Fr. Christopher Kubat, Divine Mercy (2016)
Msgr. Joseph Nemec, St. Therese and her 'Little Way'
Fr. Mark Cyza, Now is the Time of Mercy
Bishop Conley & Fr. Coulter, Friendship, The School of Charity
Fr. Gary Coulter, Pope Francis and the Year of Mercy + Discernment
Fr. Matthew Eickhoff, Praying with Mary
Fr. William Holoubek, Unbound: Breaking Free from Spiritual Wounds (2016)
Fr. Jacques Philippe, Spiritual Poverty
Fr. Andrew Heaslip, Receiving and Offering the Mercy of God (Catechists)
Fr. Sean Kilcawley: Divorced - Beginning Anew with Christ's Mercy
Fr. Steve Thomlison: Called to the Supper of the Lamb! Praying the Mass
Bishop Bruskewitz: Holy Vocations: In the Footsteps of St. Junipero Serra
Msgr. Timothy Thorburn: Thy Will Be Done
Fr. Andrew Apostoli: Carrying Your Cross along with Christ
Fr. Christopher Kubat: Divine Mercy
Fr. Gary Coulter: Discipleship in Mark
Fr. Troy Schweiger: A Man after God's own Heart
Fr. Mark Cyza: Friends of the Cross
Fr. William Holoubek: Unbound - Breaking Free from Spiritual Wounds (2015)
Fr. James Meysenburg: Is There Room in Your Inn?
Fr. Sean Kilcawley: The Theological Virtues & Joy of the Gospel
Bishop Conley: Catholic Discipleship and Family Life
Fr. Jeremy Hazuka: Mary and the Laity's Call to Holiness
Fr. Jerel Scholl: Human Disorders: Fear and Anxiety
Fr. Jay Buhman: Discipleship and St. John Paul II
Bishop Bruskewitz: Women's Day of Reflection
Fr. Christopher Kubat: That All May Be One
Bishop Bruskewitz: Ash Wednesday Recollection
Fr. Gary Coulter: Holiness in Matthew
Fr. Andrew Apostoli: Living the Our Father
Fr. Steve Thomlison: Marian Spirituality
Fr. Daniel Rayer: Offering Self to God
Bishop Conley: Year of Faith Reflections

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Fr Cyza

Mar. 24-26 Lent Retreat with Fr. Mark Cyza, Healing in the Heart of Christ

Fr. Mark Cyza invites all to focus on how different wounds, especially those that result from sin - our own sins and the sins of others, can impact our relationship with Jesus: "Jesus is the Divine Physician, he really wants to enter into our woundedness, which does not have to separate us from him," Fr Cyza says. "Indeed through healing, those wounds can become an opportunity to deepen our relationship with him. Acknowledging our wounds and understanding our past sins can allow the healing presence of Christ into our lives."

For those interested in going deeper on the topic, Healing in the Heart of Christ, Fr. Cyza recommends the book "Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life" by Catholic therapist Dr. Bob Schuchts, whose blog can be found at www.jpiihealingcenter.org.

Fr. Mark Cyza is pastor at St. Benedict Parish in Nebraska City and Chief Administrative Officer at Lourdes Central. Ordained in 2005, Fr. Cyza was an assistant pastor at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln and at St. Mary Parish in Nebraska City. He has always been involved in teaching and schools, and also the Spanish-speaking apostolate. Some of his homilies and retreats can be found at www.comehometojesus.com.

Fr Cyza's recordings includes seven talks.

Msgr Nemec

Mar. 3-5, 2017 Lent Retreat with Msgr. Joseph Nemec, Discipleship according to St. John's Gospel

Msgr. Joseph Nemec gave a weekend Lenten retreat entitled Discipleship according to St. John's Gospel. As the source of his retreat meditations, Msgr. Nemec recommends that all read the Gospel of St. John, perhaps as a Lenten resolution. He hopes that each retreatant will "first realize we are the Beloved Disciples of Jesus, and second live as Beloved Disciples of Jesus."

He explains that "in his Gospel, whenever St. John refers to himself, he uses the phrase 'the one whom Jesus loved.' As he wrote his Gospel, St. John reflected on all that had happened and truly understood how much Jesus loved him and what it means to be a 'Beloved Disciple' of Jesus." "This is one of the main themes in the Gospel of St. John," Msgr. Nemec continues, "and he desired that everyone who reads his writings would come to the same realization: we all are the Beloved Disciples of Jesus."

Ordained a priest in 1984, Msgr. Nemec has been pastor at St. Teresa Parish in Lincoln since 1993, administrator of St. Teresa School, and chaplain of the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters. His earlier assignments include St. Mary parish and the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center in Lincoln, St. Paulinus in Syracuse and Holy Trinity in Avoca, and teaching at Lourdes Schools in Nebraska City. Msgr. Nemec has given numerous retreats, days of recollection, and presentations of the Catholic faith.

Msgr Nemec's recordings includes seven talks.

Fr Kubat

Mar. 1, 2017 Ash Wednesday Reflection with Fr. Christopher Kubat on The Meaning of Suffering

Ash Wednesday gives a good reflection on the importance of knowing the only thing God will ask each person when they enter His presence: "Did you love? Did you love Me with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and your whole body? Did you love your neighbor as you loved yourself?" At the Ash Wednesday Masses, ashes are pressed onto one's forehead in the form of a Cross, to signify that all must die in the state of grace to reach heaven. The priest placing the ashes says powerful words, "Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shall return."

A priest for 17 years, Father Christopher Kubat is Director of Catholic Social Services and known for his Seedlings column in the Southern Nebraska Register. Although the Day of Recollection sponsored by the LDCCW was for women, both men and women will enjoy the talks, including a special interlude of Christ's sufferings on the cross as described by a medical doctor (who is now a priest!)

Fr. Kubat's recordings includes four talks.

Fr Kilcawley

Feb. 24-26, 2017 Man-to-Man Men's Retreat with Fr. Sean Kilcawley on Fearless Fatherhood

Father Sean Kilcawley led this retreat for men wanting to grow in their faith - speaking on prayer and battle, he chose the name "Fearless Fatherhood." "I think a lot of people would agree that fatherhood is in crisis in our country and in our culture right now," Father Kilcawley said. "Fatherhood has to be learned from Christ and we can do that by looking at Christ and His relationship with His father."

Father Kilcawley said he hopes to help men gain a relationship with God and help them learn to be fathers in their own communities and in their families. "The focus of the retreat will be on our own spiritual lives," he said, "so we can be more effective as natural and spiritual fathers."

For this reason, Father. Kilcawley says single men will benefit from the retreat as well. "All men are called to be spiritual fathers in their own way, shape or form," he said.

Fr. Sean Kilcawley in a nationally recognized speaker on Theology of the Body, human love, and recovery from pornography addiction. Ordained in 2005, Fr. Kilcawley was an assistant in Lincoln at St. Joseph and North American Martyrs, while teaching Theology of the Body at Pius X High School from 2005-2009. He did advanced studies at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, and currently serves as director of the Diocese of Lincoln Office of Family Life, and as theological advisor for Integrity Restored, www.integrityrestored.com.

The recordings includes seven talks by Fr. Kilcawley.

Fr Philippe

Feb. 17-19, 2017 Retreat with Fr. Jacque Philippe: Personal Prayer and a Deep Relationship with God

Internationally known author and retreat master Fr. Jacques Philippe gave a weekend retreat for men and women on the theme: Personal Prayer and a Deep Relationship with God

Fr. Philippe entered the Community of the Beatitudes in France in 1976. Through his work as a spiritual director and preaching retreats, he consolidated his principal themes into books on spirituality - which have now sold over 500,000 copies in 18 languages. Visit his website "a guide for the spiritual life" at www.frjacquesphilippe.com.

His retreat themes drew from his book "Thirsting for Prayer". Some of his other best-selling and well-loved books include "Time for God", "Interior Freedom", "Searching for and Maintaining Peace" These and more of his books are available at Amazon or your favorite Catholic bookstore.

The recordings includes six talks and question and answer times.

Fr Anthony Br ANgelus

Feb. 3-5, 2017 Retreat with Fr. Anthony and Br. Angelus, CFR: Is my faith and trust in God growing?

To examine the theme of faith and trust, Fr. Anthony and Br. Angelus, CFR examine the life and example of the Prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 17 and the folloing chapters. So reading these bible passages will be key for the reflections.

Fr. Anthony Baetzold, CFR is the General Vicar of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a community that started in the South Bronx of New York in 1987 with only eight friars; today they number more than one hundred and twenty, they work to serve the Church and the poor through a life of prayer and contemplation, the study of Sacred Scripture, fidelity to the Church and the Sacraments, and generous service. Fr. Antony, CFR joined the community in 1996 and was ordained in 2005. He has been involved in formation, directed a homeless residence and shelter, and worked in Hispanic ministry. Br. Angelus Montgomery, CFR - a native of Lincoln - will also assist at the retreat. ( Read more about Brother Angelus and his twin brother from the Southern Nebraska Register.)

The recordings includes seven talks by Fr. Anthony and Br. Angelus, CFR.

Fr Coulter Bishop James Conley

Dec. 16-18, 2016 Advent Retreat with Bishop James Conley and Fr. Gary Coulter

Bishop James Conley, Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, and Fr. Gary Coulter, Director of Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, led an Advent Retreat - Read more from the Southern Nebraska Register.

As both a great book for advent reading, and as the source he will use for the retreat, Bishop Conley recommends Jesus of Nazareth: the Infancy Narratives by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Retreatants were invited to read and meditate on the Gospel narratives of Jesus' birth from Matthew and Luke, as well as the characters in the story, such as John the Baptist, Joseph, Mary, the shepherds and wise men.

The recordings includes three talks by Fr. Coulter and four by Bishop Conley.

Msgr Thorburn

Dec. 2-4, 2016 Retreat with Msgr. Thorburn for Catechists, Does Jesus Really Care?

Msgr. Timothy Thorburn, Vicar General of the Diocese of Lincoln and Chaplain of the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Agnew, led the Catechist Retreat by asking the rhetorical question, "Does Jesus Really Care?" (Hint: the answer is "Yes!") Read more about Msgr. Thorburn and the retreat theme from the Southern Nebraska Register.

The annual Catechists retreat is organized for catechists, religion teachers, Catholic School and CCD teachers, however the topic applies to all men and women, especially parents as they are the "first teachers" of their children.

Msgr. Thorburn's recordings includes seven talks.

Fr Kubat

Apr. 1-3, 2016 Retreat with Fr. Christopher Kubat on Divine Mercy Weekend

Jesus asked St. Faustina that the Feast of Divine Mercy be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, saying: "Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the fount of my Mercy." Celebrate "Mercy Sunday" in a special way with a retreat that Fr. Kubat says, "will help you to be immersed in the bountiful ocean of God's mercy." A perfect opportunity to highlight and experience great reality of God's love for us and His desire to pour out that mercy and forgive our sins..

A priest for 17 years, Father Christopher Kubat is Director of Catholic Social Services and known for his Seedlings column in the Southern Nebraska Register. Fr. Kubat says there is only one reason to go on a retreat, "to grow in holiness, to grow closer to God; and a growth in our love of neighbor will logically follow."

Fr. Kubat's recordings includes seven talks.

Msgr Nemec

Mar. 4-6, 2016 Retreat with Msgr. Joseph Nemec on St. Therese and her 'Little Way'

Many people are familiar with St. Therese and her Little Way. On this retreat Msgr. Joseph Nemec wants all men and women to connect more completely with this profound spirituality, to renew your relationship with God as his precious children, and instill greater confidence in His mercy.

Msgr. Nemec says, "St. Therese and her spirituality are relevant for all people of the world, in every space and time. Actually, that is one of the criterion of declaring her a doctor of the church." It is not required for this retreat, but he recommends it would be advantageous to read St. Therese's autobiography: Story of a Soul.

Ordained a priest in 1984, since 1993 Msgr Nemec has been pastor at St. Teresa Church, Administrator of St. Teresa Catholic School, and Chaplain of the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters. His earlier assignments include St. Mary, Lincoln, St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, Lincoln, St. Paulinus, Syracuse and Holy Trinity, Avoca, and Lourdes Schools. Msgr. Nemec has given numerous retreats, days of recollection, and presentations of the Catholic faith.

Msgr. Nemec's recordings includes seven talks.

Fr Cyza

Feb. 26-28, 2016 retreat with Fr. Mark Cyza, Now is the Time of Mercy

This Year of Mercy weekend Lenten retreat for men and women with Fr. Mark Cyza, highlights the great reality of God's love for us and His desire to pour out that mercy and forgive our sins so that we might live as children of God, for truly Now is the Time of Mercy.

"This retreat is for sinners," Fr. Cyza laughs. "But seriously, if you're not a sinner, you don't need this retreat." Why did Pope Francis call for a year of Mercy? Why did our Lord reveal his image to St. Faustina? Because, Fr. Cyza says, "We constantly need to remember this truth: every human heart is in need of God's mercy, is in need of Christ. It is not by our own power that we are saved."

The primary source for Fr. Cyza's conferences will be the Diary of St. Faustina: Divine Mercy in My Soul.

Fr. Cyza's recordings includes seven talks.

Fr Coulter Bishop James Conley

Men's Retreat Feb. 12-14, 2016 with Bishop Conley & Fr. Coulter, Friendship, The School of Charity

Bishop James Conley, Bishop of Lincoln since 2012, spoke to the men on friendship and the spiritual life, models of Christian friendship, and friendship and the new evangelization. Bishop Conley said that "there is decline of holy friendships, especially among men, in modernity" and therefore "today more than ever, men need good Christian friendships with other men."

Fr. Gary Coulter, director at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, gave two talks on saints who are models of mercy and friendship: St. Augustine and St. Josemaria Escriva, and a Sunday homily on fighting temptation during Lent.

The Men's Retreat recordings includes seven talks: four by Bishop Conley and three by Fr. Coulter.

Fr Coulter

Ash Wednesday Reflection Feb. 10, 2016 with Fr. Gary Coulter, Pope Francis and the Year of Mercy + Discernment in Prayer

Fr. Gary Coulter, director at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, gave three talks to start the season of Lent during the Year of Mercy. Looking at the writings, talks and interviews of Pope Francis, Fr. Coulter examines how the Pope has experienced mercy in his own life, how he is calling for reform in the Church, and how we receive the Lord's mercy in the sacrament of Confession.

Bonus: your purchase will include two retreat talks given by Fr. Coulter on Discernment in Prayer, Dec. 7, 2014.

Fr. Coulters's recordings includes five talks.

Fr Eickhoff

Weekend retreat Feb. 5-7, 2016 with Fr. Matthew Eickhoff, Praying with Mary

On this retreat for men and women, Fr. Matthew Eickhoff points out how the Church has been greatly enriched by many devotions and prayers to Mary, and therefore invites you to explore this rich tradition. The retreat would be of interest for anyone who wants to grow in appreciation for what the Marian prayers and devotions of the Church have to offer for our spiritual lives - anyone who wants to have a more Marian spirituality and prayer life. The talks draw from a variety of sources, including traditional Marian prayers and devotions such as the Rosary, approved Marian apparitions, and of course the rich tradition of Sacred Scripture and the writings of the Saints.

Fr. Matthew Eickhoff is pastor at Holy Trinity Church in Brainard and Director of the St. Luke Czech Catholic Shrine in Loma. He helps with various diocesan apostolates, including the Divine Mercy Apostolate, Engaged Encounter and Healing Hearts bereavement ministry. He also led the recent diocesan pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Fr. Eickhoff did graduate studies at the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. before becoming Director of the Family Life Office of the Diocese of Lincoln for many years. He is currently doing doctoral studies in Spiritual Theology. His past assignments include St. Cecilia Church in Hastings, the Cathedral in Lincoln, St. Francis Church in rural David City, and Superintendent at Lourdes Central Catholic Schools in Nebraska City.

Fr. Matt Eickhoff's retreat includes seven talks.

Fr Holoubek

Weekend retreat Jan. 22-24, 2016 with Fr. William Holoubek, Unbound: Breaking Free from Spiritual Wounds

The Unbound Ministry is a lay apostolate that helps people find freedom from wounds, sins and other troubles that compromise our joy in Christ. It involves recognizing and identifying the sources of our woundedness, in order to understand and discover how to embrace change that gives freedom. Read more about this ministry in the Southern Nebraska Register.

Unbound focuses on providing a safe, practical model that helps people respond to the Gospel and apply the Lord's grace, love and truth to their lives. Based on the book, Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance by Neal Lozano, it employs five keys that enable people to experience a profound conversion experience.

Fr. William Holoubek was ordained a priest in 1997. He is currently pastor of St Mary, Sutton and St. Helena, Grafton; he is Director of the Diocesan Mission Office and a teacher at Hastings Catholic Schools. He launched the Unbound ministry in the diocese after attending a 2014 Omaha conference featuring author Neal Lozano. He says, "the Unbound experience gave me the opportunity to experience freedom in Christ in a new way."

Fr. Holoubek's retreat includes six talks.

Fr Philippe

Weekend retreat Dec. 11-13, 2015 with Fr. Jacques Philippe, Spiritual Poverty

Fr. Jacques Philippe gives this retreat on the Beatitudes, especially by examining how each of them are encompassed in the first one: being poor in spirit includes being in need of consolation, longing for justice, seeking peace of heart, etc. All of us are brokenhearted and wounded, and so we need to come to embrace and offer our spiritual poverty to enter the Kingdom. At the beginning of the year of mercy, Fr. Philippe also examines the beatitude: "Blessed are the merciful, mercy shall be theirs."

Fr. Philippe entered the Community of the Beatitudes in France in 1976. Through his work as a spiritual director and preaching retreats, he consolidated his principal themes into books on spirituality - which have now sold over 500,000 copies in 18 languages. Visit his website "a guide for the spiritual life" at www.frjacquesphilippe.com. Some of his best-selling and well-loved books include Time for God, Interior Freedom, Searching for and Maintaining Peace and recently Thirsting for Prayer and The Way of Trust and Love - A Retreat Guided by St. Therese of Lisieux.

Fr. Philippe's retreat includes seven talks and two question times.

Heaslip

Weekend retreat Dec. 4-6, 2015 with Fr. Andrew Heaslip, Receiving and Offering the Mercy of God (Catechists)

Fr. Andrew Heaslip especially invites catechists and teachers to experience the Lord's loving mercy, and thus learn to be Merciful like the Father, becoming instruments of mercy to others. The retreat focuses on the document Misericordiae Vultus of Pope Francis, and how to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

Fr. Heaslip is the Diocesan Director of the Religious Education Office, Digital Media Coordinator, and Director of the TV Mass for the homebound. Ordained in 2009, his assignment have included Plattsmouth, Hastings and McCook. He is currently in residence at St. Mary, Lincoln. This retreat, organized for catechists, religion teachers, Catholic School and CCD teachers, will also be of interest to all men and women, especially parents as they are the "first teachers" of their children.

Fr. Heaslip's retreat includes six talks.

Fr Kilcawley

Weekend retreat for Divorced, Separated and Remarried Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015 with Fr. Sean Kilcawley, Divorced: Beginning Anew with Christ's Mercy

Millions of Catholics get civilly divorced, and it affects us all. If you or someone you know has suffered the breakdown of a marriage, you know how painful it can be. No matter how long it's been, the Church wants to help and heal. Perhaps you are single, have remarried outside the Church, or have received a Declaration of Nullity and married again. Whether you have been divorced for many years or recently separated from your spouse, this retreat is for you.

This retreat with Fr. Sean Kilcawley on the theme: Divorced: Beginning Anew with Christ's Mercy, invites all who have experienced the betrayal, abandonment, or loss of a spouse through divorce to remember that they are not alone, and that they can experience healing through a personal encounter with Christ in His Church and Sacraments. Come to know His love and tender mercies as we begin the Year of Mercy.

Fr. Kilcawley graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served for three years in the U.S. Army before entering the seminary for the Diocese of Lincoln. Ordained in 2005, he served for four years as a High School teacher of religion and parochial vicar. In 2013, Fr Kilcawley completed an STL (summa cum laude) at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Rome. He currently serves as Diocesan Director of the Office of Family Life.

Fr. Kilcawley's retreat includes seven talks.

Thomlison

Weekend retreat for men and women Oct. 9-11, 2015 with Fr. Steve Thomlison, Called to the Supper of the Lamb! Praying the Mass

Want to get more out of each Holy Mass? Do we truly realize and understand what takes place at each Mass? Do we really understand who it is we are receiving, and how it is possible that this gift can be offered at every Mass? Do we take for granted the gift of Christ's body and blood which nourishes us in the offering of every Mass?

This retreat 9-11 with Fr. Steve Thomlison, entitled Called to the Supper of the Lamb! Praying the Mass, for men and women of all ages, is an opportunity to examine how the Eucharist is a participation in the heavenly liturgy and worship of the Father, and how the Spirit helps us to join our prayers, sacrifices and offerings to the perfect offering of his Son, in that once-for-all sacrifice of the cross made present and renewed on our altars at each Mass.

Fr. Thomlison likens going on a retreat to a time of spring training or spiritual boot camp, a chance to trim away the fat and circumcise the heart so we are ready to run the race, to fight the spiritual battle of daily life strengthened and renewed.

Fr. Thomlison is pastor at St. Stephen, Exeter and St. Wenceslaus, Milligan, and he is Chaplain for both the Nebraska Army National Guard and the Nebraska State Patrol. See him on Facebook at facebook.com/fr.thomlison

Fr. Thomlison's retreat includes eight talks.

Bishop Bruskewitz

Weekend retreat for men and women Oct. 2-4, 2015 with Bishop Emeritus Bruskewitz, Holy Vocations: In the Footsteps of St. Junipero Serra

This retreat, given by Bishop Emeritus Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, to learn about the newly canonized Saint Junipero Serra, and the lessons that can be learned in living holiness in one's own vocation.

Father Junipero Serra, the Founder of Spanish California, teaches us by his patience, perseverance, and humility, as well as his vision and courage, and he is the patron saint of vocations.

Ordained a priest for Milwaukee in 1960, Bishop Bruskewitz was Bishop of Lincoln for 20 years before retiring in 2012. This weekend retreat will be of interest to men and women of all ages, particularly members of the Serra Club who promote vocations to the ordained priesthood and religious life. (Learn more about the Serra Club at www.serranebraska.org.)

Bishop Bruskewitz's retreat includes seven talks.

Msgr. Thorburn

Retreat for men Aug. 6-7, 2015 with Msgr. Timonthy Thorburn, Thy Will be Done

Meditating on the words we say so often in the Lord's prayer, Thy Will Be Done, Msgr. Thorburn invites the retreatants to listen to the Lord speaking in the heart, to receive the love of God and respond: What is God asking me to do? What is God wanting to do in me?

This retreat was given to men from Legatus, a group of Catholic business leaders. This 24-hour retreat will be of interest to anyone who wants to deepen their prayer as they learn, live, and spread the Catholic faith.

Msgr. Timothy Thorburn is Vicar General of the Diocese of Lincoln (i.e. deputed to represent and act on behalf of the Bishop), and chaplain for the Carmelite Sisters at the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph near Agnew.

Msgr. Thorburn's recordings includes four talks.

Fr. Apostoli

Weekend retreat for men and women Apr. 24-26, 2015 with Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR Carrying Your Cross along with Christ

Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR, is a member and co-founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in 1967. He has been active in teaching, preaching retreats and parish missions, and in giving spiritual direction. He has produced several TV series for EWTN and written numerous books, his most recent book is Fatima for Today.

Fr. Apostoli's retreat topic is Carrying Your Cross along with Christ. What did Jesus mean when He said, "Take up your cross and follow me"? Explore the meaning and mystery of suffering. Learn how baptism is only a beginning of one's coming to Jesus Christ for salvation and following Him. To come to Jesus Christ further means to die to self and sin and to become so desirous of Christ and His holiness that one will make any sacrifice for Him.

Fr. Apostoli's recordings includes seven talks.

Fr. Kubat

Weekend retreat for men and women Apr. 10-12, 2015 with Fr. Christopher Kubat, Divine Mercy

Father Christopher Kubat, Director of Catholic Social Services, gave a weekend retreat on the topic of "Divine Mercy". Fr. Kubat has been a priest for 16 years, served at St. Cecilia parish in Hastings and St. Mary parish in Lincoln. As Director of Catholic Social Services in the Diocese of Lincoln, he is known for his Seedlings Column in the Southern Nebraska Register, and the many charitable works done through Catholic Social Services under his direction.

Jesus asked St. Faustina that the Feast of Divine Mercy be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, saying: "Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the fount of my Mercy." Celebrate this "Mercy Sunday" weekend in a special way with a retreat that Fr. Kubat says, "will help you to be immersed in the bountiful ocean of God's mercy."

Fr. Kubat's recordings includes five talks.

Fr. Coulter

Weekend retreat for Men and Women, Discipleship in Mark with Fr. Gary Coulter, Mar. 27-29, 2015 Palm Sunday Weekend

Fr. Gary Coulter gave a Palm Sunday weekend retreat March 27-29 on the theme Discipleship in Mark. This retreat based on the Gospel of Mark, which we are currently reading each Sunday in Year B of the Lectionary, leads us through the process of conversion and surrender needed to form a living, active relationship with Jesus Christ.

A priest for 15 years and Director of Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, Fr. Gary Coulter was an assistant at St. Patrick and Blessed Sacrament in Lincoln and taught at Pius X High School. He spent nine years as pastor Ashland and Greenwood. He has a degree in Canon Law and works on the Diocesan Tribunal and as Co-vicar for Religious of the Diocese of Lincoln.

Fr. Coulter sees retreats as an occasion to renew our sacraments of initiation, realizing the gift and call of our Baptism and Confirmation, to better appreciate the power of the Holy Spirit unleashed anew each time we receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. He says, "Faith is a journey. We cannot remain where we are, because Jesus calls us to always learn to know Him more, to love and follow him more, so that we might experience His closeness, His friendship, His love. Making time for a retreat helps us do that."

Fr. Coulter's recordings includes seven talks.

Fr. Schweiger

Man-to-Man Weekend retreat for Men, A Man after God's own Heart with Fr. Troy Schweiger, Mar. 13-15, 2015

The meaning, dignity and purpose of men is under attack today. Many competing voices are trying to redefine manliness and the nature of being a man. This retreat will explore the meaning, dignity and purpose of men as written in our very souls by God and revealed to us by His love. We will explore where our strength lies, what beauty we are called to protect and cherish, and what great adventure God has called us to explore.

Fr. Troy Schweiger, pastor of St. Patrick Church, Lincoln has been a priest for 20 years, with assignments in Lincoln, Hastings, Dawson and Shubert, Colon and Cedar Bluffs, and Mead. A graduate of Pius X High School in Lincoln, he has also taught at many of the Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Lincoln.

Fr. Schweiger says, "To be a man of God is not for the faint of heart; God calls us to greatness. He has called us from all eternity and has called us by name!"

Fr. Schweiger's recordings includes seven talks.

Fr. Cyza

Friends of the Cross Retreat with Fr. Mark Cyza, Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2015

The theme, Friends of the Cross is based on the theology (and book by the same name) of St. Louis de Montfort and his Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. Following his retreats from past years: United with the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and Consoling the Heart of Jesus, this retreat will examine how we can consecrate everything, even the suffering in our life, to Jesus through Mary.

Fr. Cyza also examines the redemptive meaning of suffering, and how the cross really changes everything. A chance to ponder how suffering has been transformed. "It really shows the power of God," Fr. Cyza says, "to see the the cross transformed into something beautiful in the Resurrection."

Fr. Cyza's recordings includes seven talks.

Fr. Holoubek

Unbound-Breaking Free from Spiritual Wounds Retreat with Fr. William Holoubek, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2015

Based on the popular book and DVD series by Neal Lozano, learn about and experience the five keys to spiritual healing in your life.

Please contact the Retreat House or the Diocese of Lincoln to learn about future opportunities to participate in the unbound prayer ministry.

Fr. Holoubek's recordings includes seven talks.

Fr. Meysenburg

Is There Room in Your Inn? Advent Retreat with Fr. James Meysenburg Dec. 12-14, 2014

A retreat in spiritual preparation for Christmas, recalling that Jesus was laid in a manger because there was no room for him in the inn. If our hearts are as an inn, do we have room for Jesus in us? Too many may miss the opportunity to have Christ reign in their hearts, a gift that far exceeds all shopping sprees and presents. Prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with a retreat to open your heart and your life to Him.
Fr. Meysenburg, celebrating his 25th year of priestly ordination, is Superintendent of Pius X High School in Lincoln and has spend much of his priesthood in High School ministry. He says that retreats are important for laity because, "It's so easy to get caught up in the 'thick of thin things', we need to step back and prioritize, to put emphasis on the things and relationships that are most important, most especially our relationship with God."

Fr. Meysenburg's recordings includes seven talks.

Fr. Kilcawly

The Theological Virtues and Joy of the Gospel with Father Sean Kilcawley (Catechists) Nov. 21-23, 2014

"The theological virtues are simply the virtues of faith, hope, and charity (or love)," Father Kilcawley explained. "These virtues are foundational to the Christian life at all levels." The theme and topics for this retreat were inspired by three papal encyclicals that brought all three of these virtues into focus: Pope Benedict XVI's "Deus Caritas Est (God is Love)," "Spe Salvi Facti Sumus (In Hope We Were Saved)," and "Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith)," the last of which was completed by Pope Francis.

Father Kilcawley said he hopes that attendees will gain two advantages from this retreat. "The first is that they might encounter Jesus Christ in a more profound way themselves," he said. "The second is that they will gain insight into how to hand on to others what they have received from the Lord."

This retreat will be of interest to all who want to grow in the theological virtues, not just catechists and teachers.

Fr. Kilcawley's recordings includes six talks.

Bishop James Conley

Men's Day of Reflection with Bishop James Conley, Sat. Oct. 25, 2014: Catholic Discipleship and Family Life

Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln held a Men's Day of Reflection on the topic of Catholic Discipleship and Family Life: learning to put Jesus first within our family, to follow His teachings, and to bear fruit in spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ, especially through out love for others, manifested in service and sharing out faith.

Of interest to both single and married men, the bishop examines how discipleship is lived in the family. His reflections draw on the topic of the Synod of Bishops on the Family (October 5-19, 2014), and Cardinal Muller's book Hope of the Family.

Bishop Conley's recordings includes four conferences.

Fr. Hazuka

Mary and the Laity's Call to Holiness with Father Jeremy Hazuka (Legion of Mary Retreat) Oct. 10-12, 2014

The Second Vatican Council Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, devotes a chapter each to the laity, the universal call to holiness and the Blessed Virgin Mary, each chapter providing a foundation to considering the role that Marian devotion can play in the layperson's own call to holiness. The Church places before all a most excellent means to find holiness: to piously meditate on the Blessed Virgin Mary and contemplate her son, Jesus Christ. Father Hazuka reflects upon the virtues of Mary, as considered in various mysteries of the rosary, and how these can help the layperson embrace and fulfill their call to holiness. Resources for the retreat will be Lumen Gentium and Saint John Paul II's Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, as well as Scripture, the Church's Liturgy, and other pious writings as we look to Mary as a pattern for our growth in holiness.

This retreat will be of interest to all who want to grow in holiness, not just members of the Legion of Mary.

Fr. Hazuka's recordings includes eight talks.

Fr. Scholl

Retreat with Fr. Scholl: "Human Disorders: Fear and Anxiety" Sept. 5-7, 2014

Father Jerel Scholl, pastor of Assumption parish in Dwight, gave a weekend retreat on the topic: "Human Disorders: Fear and Anxiety"

Fr. Scholl recognizes that to objectively observe human disorders is to better understand what it is that tempts us to do wrong, which will therefore help us to gain control over disordered decisions. Hence, understanding root causes will make you less vulnerable to future episodes of erroneous decision making. Knowledge of what motivates our decisions can be a very powerful tool in helping a person to understand who they are and to thus possess peace in their life.

As the great late Blessed Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said, "A prune is a worried plum." Fear is a very powerful force that can be very controlling, if we allow it. Fear is related to love, particularly when something or someone we love is in dangerous circumstances. However, fear and anxiety can be very a strong force within us, that can potentially persuade a person to react in ways that are contrary to truth and love which we would otherwise not choose.

Since June of 2011, Fr. Scholl has been assigned to Assumption parish in Dwight, with the added responsibility of teaching at Aquinas High School. During this time he had been teaching Junior religion, which includes the topic of morality and material from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Fr. Scholl says that in teaching this material "I have developed a bit of a hunger to share such vital and important information to others, which can enable people to understand what is really real."

Fr. Scholl says that he loves giving retreats, and frequently recommends going on retreat, because "To attach oneself to the truth of Christ is not easy, but with a little prodding that is done with love, we all have the capability to love the one who is love itself."

Fr. Scholl's recordings includes seven talks.

Fr. Buhman

Women's Retreat with Fr. Buhman: "Discipleship in the Life of St. John Paul II" Aug. 15-17, 2014

A retreat on Discipleship in the Life of St. John Paul II led by Fr. Jay Buhman, pastor of St. Peter and St. Joseph Churches in Bellwood and a teacher at Aquinas High School in David City the last four years. A priest for ten years, Fr. Buhman was privileged to serve as an assistant in Lincoln for six years: at St. Teresa, St. Thomas Aquinas/Newman Center, and Cathedral of the Risen Christ, as well as teaching at Pius X High School.

The topic for the retreat is Discipleship in the Life of St. John Paul II, especially based on reflections profoundly impacted by two books: Jason Evert's Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves, and Bishop Patrick Ahern's Three Gifts of Therese of Lisieux.

This retreat will be of interest to all who want to grow in discipleship, not just women.

Fr. Buhman's recordings includes seven talks.

Bishop Bruskewitz

Women's Day of Reflection May 10, 2014 with Bishop Bruskewitz Prayer in the Christian Life

Bishop Emeritus of Lincoln, Fabian Bruskewitz gave a Day of Reflection for women on the topic of prayer, the gift of God given to us so that we can live in communion with Christ and his Church. God calls all of us to union with Him, and the Catechism calls prayer both a "drama" and a "battle". May we come to contemplate the Lord in prayer, hear how Jesus teaches us how to pray, and know that the Lord always hears our prayers. His third talk is on the Blessed Virgin Mary. These talks would be of interest to all, not just women or mothers.

Ordained a priest for Milwaukee in 1960, Bishop Bruskewitz was Bishop of Lincoln for 20 years before retiring in 2012.

Bishop Bruskewitz's recordings includes three talks.

Fr. Kubat

Weekend retreat for men and women Apr. 11-13, 2014 with Fr. Christopher Kubat, That We All May Be One

Father Christopher Kubat, gave a weekend retreat Palm Sunday weekend on the topic: "That We All May Be One". At the beginning of Holy Week, Fr. Kubat very appropriately discusses John chapter 17 (which he suggests everyone read). These are part of Our Lord's final words to the apostles (and us) at the Last Supper before he dies. And the dying wish of Our Lord stressed the importance of unity for all we do, believe, and say. His prayer is that we would be united.

Fr. Kubat has been a priest for 15 years, served at St. Cecilia parish in Hastings and St. Mary parish in Lincoln. As Director of Catholic Social Services in the Diocese of Lincoln, he is known for his Seedlings Column in the Southern Nebraska Register, and the many charitable works done through Catholic Social Services under his direction.

Father Kubat's recordings includes seven conferences.

Bishop Bruskewitz

Ash Wednesday Women's Day of Recollection (LDDCW) Mar. 5, 2014 with Bishop Bruskewitz How we can be Mary in Today's World

Bishop Emeritus of Lincoln, Fabian Bruskewitz gave a Day of Recollection for women on Ash Wednesday on the topic, How we can be Mary in Today's World. What does it mean to take Mary as a model for our prayer? How do put our faith into action in today's modern world?

Ordained a priest for Milwaukee in 1960, Bishop Bruskewitz was Bishop of Lincoln for 20 years before retiring in 2012.

Bishop Bruskewitz's recordings includes three talks.

Fr. Coulter

Weekend retreat Feb. 21-23, 2014 with Fr. Gary Coulter, Holiness in Matthew

Fr. Gary Coulter offered a weekend retreat for men and women February 21-23, on the topic of Holiness in Matthew, a reflection on various passages and stories in the Gospel of Matthew, such as the figure of St. Joseph, the parables on the Kingdom of God, and the Sermon on the Mount. At the heart of the Beatitudes is the theme for Matthew's entire Gospel: "Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Mt. 5:48) Is holiness truly a real possibility for each one of us? (Matthew's Gospel is also the focus of each Sunday's Gospel readings during this Year A of the Lectionary.)

Father Coulter's retreat recordings includes seven conferences.

Fr Apostoli

Weekend retreat Feb. 7-9, 2014 with Fr. Andrew Apostoli, Living the Our Father in our Christian Life

Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR, is a member and co-founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in 1967. He has been active in teaching, preaching retreats and parish missions, and in giving spiritual direction. He has produced several TV series for EWTN and written numerous books, his most recent book is Fatima for Today.

Fr. Apostoli gave a retreat for men and women Feb. 7-9 on the topic, Living the Our Father in our Christian Life. What does it mean for our lives when we pray: "thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven"? Do we truly live the words "forgive us, as we forgive those who trespass against us"? Delve deeper into praying the Our Father, and see its meaning for the way we live.

Father Apostoli's retreat recordings includes six conferences.

Fr. Thomlison

Retreat with Fr. Steve Thomlison, Dec. 6-8, 2013: Marian Spirituality

Fr. Steve Thomlison, presented a weekend Advent retreat on the topic of "Marian Spirituality", especially for men and women of the Legion of Mary. The retreat provided an opportunity to put the Year of Faith in perspective, and to be challenged for how our faith guides the way we interact with both God and our neighbors in little ways each day.

The conferences weave in biblical reflections of Faith, as well as material from both Pope Francis' first encyclical Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) and also his recent apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel). Conferences also focus on Mary and the Church as our Mother of Faith, specifically delving into the role of the Immaculate Conception in our Faith life and also the prayers of the Mass which call upon God to 'look not upon our sins, but on the Faith of your church.'

Fr. Thomlison is associate pastor at St. Mary Church in Nebraska City, a Teacher at Lourdes Central Catholic Schools, and is Chaplain for both the Nebraska Army National Guard and the Nebraska State Patrol.

This retreat will be of interest to all men and women who want to deepen their faith and their devotion to Mary, including those who are not members of the Legion of Mary.

Father Thomlison's recordings includes seven conferences.

Fr. Rayer

Men's Retreat with Fr. Daniel Rayer, Nov. 15-17, 2013: Offering Self Daily to God

Fr. Daniel Rayer, chancellor of the Diocese of Lincoln, presented a weekend retreat for men on the topic of "Offering Self Daily to God", especially for Lectors and Acolytes. This theme is taken from Romans 12:1, "Offer yourselves daily to God as a spiritual sacrifice acceptable to Him through Jesus Christ."

One of the expressed aims of the Second Vatican Council, in its reform of the sacred liturgy, was to lead the faithful to "full, conscious, and active participation" in the sacred liturgy and to "learn to offer themselves" with Christ to the Father. Since Lectors and Acolytes serve a special role in assisting the Bishop and priests in the celebration of Mass, the goal of this retreat is that the men who attend will spiritually grow in their self-offering to God.

This retreat will be of interest to all men and women who want to get more out of the Mass and their prayer, including those who are not Lectors or Acolytes.

Father Rayer's recordings includes seven conferences.

Bishop James Conley

Men's Day of Reflection with Bishop James Conley, Sat. Nov. 2, 2013: Concluding the Year of Faith

Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln held a Men's Day of Reflection on the topic of "Concluding the Year of Faith". Learn how this year of reflecting on our faith affects our lives... How will we live it after November?

In his 28 years since his priestly ordination, Bishop Conley has served the Catholic Church in a wide variety of ways: as pastor, college campus chaplain, director of Respect Life ministries, theology instructor, Vatican official, and bishop in Denver and now in Lincoln.

Bishop Conley's recordings includes four conferences.

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