Juniors' Annual Reatreat 2024

Last January 2-7, 2024, the temporary professed friars of the Philippine Custody had their annual retreat at the Trappist Retreat House of Abbey of Our Lady of the Philippines in Guimaras Island in Western Visayas, Philippines.

They were accompanied by their formator Fra Dominic Lim, OFMConv. and their Prefect of Discipline Fra Odorico Laoreno, OFMConv. The abbot emeritus of the Abbey Fr. Filomeno Cinco, OCSO facilitated the retreat and stressed on the importance of dialogue in community life and the appreciation of one's unique experiences to discern properly.

The silence of the Trappist Abbey and the serene surroundings helped the friars to recollect and appreciate again the life being a consecrated person. They also participated in the liturgy with the monks and made some acquaintances with them, especially after the retreat. The retreat was concluded with the holy sacrifice of the mass celebrated by Fra. Dominic with the Trappist community.

It was indeed a holy retreat and was a great avenue for the young friars to meet new people and encounter new places and experiences that are beneficial to their formation.

Photos by: Fra Gregory

Fra Gregory Salva, OFMConv.
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