Friday, April 10, 2009

The St. Paul you never Knew

Recently the priests of the Archdiocese gathered for the Spring study days. Since this is the Year of St. Paul, the sessions were given by Fr. Scottt M. Lewis, SJ who is a member of the faculty at Regis College at the Toronto School of Theology, where he is an assodiate professor of New Testament and director of the Manresa Retreat Centre in Pickering, Ontario. I have fond memories of the Manresa Retreat Centre from my two years as Auxiliary Bishop in Toronto. The priests in my region would gather there twice a year for reflection and prayer. We were always given a warm reception and good guidance in our days there by the Jesuit Fathers.

Fr. Lewis was well qualified to lead us in this reflection on the writings of St. Paul. He received his SSL from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and his STD in New Testament Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome.

There was a very good turn out of our priests for these sessions. I continue to be impressed by the dedication of our priests here in the Archdiocese of Regina and their dedication to improving their knowledge and deepening the fraternity of the Presbyterium.

Many will recognize Fr. John Mock in the front with Fr. Lorne Crozon behind him on the right and Fr. Adam Sebastian, OFM on the other side.

The Eucharist which is the source and summit of our life of faith is at the heart of the vocation of the ordained priest.

Fr. Thomas Nguyen, Fr. Danilo Rafael and Fr. Antony Bruno are enjoying a break in the intense listening.

Here are some of our Philippino priests, Fr. Felipe Faustino, Fr. Juanito Vargas, Fr. Hector Seville, Fr. Leonardo Tamayo, Fr. Eusebio Tubale and Fr. Aguinaldo Fermo.

And Fr. Joel Rama along with Fr. Gary Kuntz. In addition to the two sessions of study days, the priests of the Archdiocese come together for the Annual Priests' Retreat at the beginning of May and the Clergy Assembly for five days in October.

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