The Young Adult Retreat, “The Heart and Soul of the Gospel,” was held last weekend at the House of Prayer. Fr. Will Rupp and Fr. Vasyl Symyon, also young adults, presented sessions, as did participants who helped plan the program along with Sr. Barbara Jean, OSBM. The group solemnly entered the Holy Door at the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the House of Prayer and sang the Compline prayers. Group sessions and discussions, confessions and Divine Liturgy at our monastery completed the weekend. This was the second annual retreat and another is planned for next Spring.
Pope Francis’ Year of Consecrated Life closed on the World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016. The Byzantine Catholic Serra Club chose this year to honor 44 religious, including Basilian and Benedictine sisters, Brother Michael Zetzer, OSB and Abbot Leo Schlosser, OSB on Sunday, May 22. This time of appreciation began with a prayer service in the Monastery Chapel.
These Consecrated religious have served our Metropolia for over 2,515 years, and the Byzantine Serrans thought that a time of appreciation was long overdue. Of the 44 honored, 28 were able to celebrate with us. Byzantine Serra President Patricia Bovee presented each honoree with a certificate of appreciation, which indicated the years each served. Certificates were sent or carried to those who could not be present. Pictures were taken and Serrans mingled with the honorees at the catered dinner that followed in the Monastery dining room at Mount St. Macrina.