17 September 2022:

Bishop of Diocese of Shimoga Most Rev. Dr Francis Serrao SJ organised the annual retreat for the clergy of the Diocese of Shimoga at "Sannidhi" (Centre for Pastoral Renewal) from September 11 to 16, 2022. Most Rev. Dr Ignatius D'Souza, Bishop of Bareilly, preached the retreat.

Retreat Time-Table

September 11, 2022:

6.30 PM: Prayer & Welcome
6.45 PM: Talk
7.45 PM: Adoration
8.15 PM: Supper

September 12-16, 2022

06.45 AM: Morning Prayer & Meditation
07.45 AM: Breakfast
09.00 AM: Talk - 1
10.15 AM: Coffee Break
10.45 - 11.45 AM: Intercessory Prayer for the Diocese & Personal Prayer
12.00 Noon: Eucharistic Celebration
01.00 PM: Lunch
03.00 PM: Rosary
03.20 PM: Talk - 2
04.30 PM: Tea Break
07.00 PM: Adoration
08.00 PM: Supper
09.15 PM: Silent Night Prayer

On September 11th at 6:30 pm Bishop Francis Serrao welcomed the clergy and wished all if them a fruitful retreat. Sannidhi Director, Rev. Fr Duming Dias introduced the Preacher, Bishop Ignatius D'Souza.

Topics dealt for the retreat are:

1. Why priests need retreat? And Fear of the Lord is the beginning of the wisdom.
2. Character matters, Lessons from Joseph (Genesis 37:1-6).
3. How to resurrect a dead conscience (Genesis 41:54-42:8).
4. Lessons for our priestly life from King Asa
(2 Chronicles 14 - 16).
5. How to discover spiritual contentment
(Psalm 32:1-11).
6. The mysterious God and the prison of his purposes (Jeremiah 32:1-15).
7. God calls us for impossible tasks
(Ezekiel 37:1-14).
8. How to overcome our disappointments (Haggai 2:1-9).
9. Samson entangled in a web of sin (Judges 16:1-3).
10. Do I give very best to God ( 2 Chronicles 12:1-6).

On Thursday September 15th Confessions were organised. After the confessions Bishop Ignatius D'Souza led the anointing session and the Local Ordinary prayed over the priests.

On Friday September 16th at 11:00 am Bishop Francis Serrao SJ addressed his clergy. Then he celebrated the Thanksgiving Holy Eucharist at 11:30 am. Monsignor Felix Joseph Noronha, Vicar General of the Diocese of Shimoga, proposed the vote of thanks. He thanked Bishop Ignatius D'Souza for the meaningful retreat. He also thanked the Sannidhi Director for the arrangements as well as Bishop Francis Serrao for inviting Bishop Ignatius D'Souza as the preacher. 40 priests went through this interior journey towards our Blessed Lord.

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