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Annual Retreat in Provincial Residence

NEP Retreat 2012 2Regular spiritual exercises are very important for members of the Congregation of the Mission. So are for other religious communities. Regarding the Common Rules each year, every member of the community has to take part in five days retreat. This week, twelve Confreres gathered in DePaul Residence, Manchester, CT for days of reflection, dedication and sharing. Others have had their annual retreat in other time. The retreat started on Monday, October 8 in the late afternoon and the common lunch on Friday, October 12 retreat concludes. A Cappuchin Friar, Rev. Paul Bielecki-Kurysz OFM Cap leads the exercises. Polish-born, he has been working and living among Christians in the Middle East, in Lebanon.

He is a priest, a paramedic, a teacher, a builder, and above all, a dedicated and selfless missionary. Earlier this year Fr. Paul lead the Lenten Retreat Program in English in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Brooklyn, NY.

Retreat schedule includes:


  • 1700 – Arrival,
  • 1745 – Evening prayers and Opening Conference
  • - Dinner followed


  • 0800 – Breakfast
  • 0910 – Morning prayers
  • 0930 – Conference
  • 1145 – Eucharist
  • 1230 – Lunch
  • 1330 – Silence, time for personal reflection and meditation. On Thursday, time for Confession.
  • 1630 – Conference
  • 1745 – Evening prayer
  • 1800 – Dinner


  • 0800 – Breakfast
  • 0910 – Morning prayers
  • 0910 – Conference
  • 1145 – Eucharist
  • 1230 – Lunch and departure

This is the extraordinary time for community life and sharing, so important when regularly Confreres are so involved in their pastoral ministries and responsibilities. Everybody enjoys this time greatly.


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