My Retreat and Blessed Solanus Casey

You may wonder just what a retreat for priests is like. So, I will give you an idea of what we usually do. (Please remember that I am writing this before I even leave for the retreat.)

We travel to Clinton, Ohio, which is just north of North Canton, not far from the Akron-Canton Airport. It is a former Jesuit retreat facility. The grounds are gorgeous. The inside is spacious and clean. It could use some updating inside.

There is a dining room where we are provided with decent food four times a day: breakfast, lunch, supper and snack.

There is a small chapel where we meet several times a day. We pray Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer in the chapel, and we have two or three conferences, given by the retreat master.

Each year the retreat has a different theme. This year our retreat master is Fr. Dan Crosby, OFM Cap. (Order of Friars Minor, Capuchin). His theme will be the simple priest,  Solanus Casey who was recently beatified (made a Blessed (name). Bishop Monforton went to the ceremony at Ford Field in Detroit. 66,000 other people were there also.

Fr. Casey, OFM Cap. was born in a log cabin in Wisconsin. He died in Detroit in 1957. I will know a lot more about him by the time I return to Colerain.

All or most of the afternoons (Evening Prayer before supper) are kept free so we can take a long walk , nap or visit some of what Canton and North Canton have to offer.



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