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St. Vincent of Saragossa, Deacon and Martyr

RETREATS

Seeking Intimate Communion

with Christ the Servant

While the primary focus of Diaconal Ministries is deacons, Deacon Dominic also provides retreats, days of reflection and missions to the laity with an emphasis on servant spirituality This spirituality is reflected in his book, Discovering Christ the Servant.

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The Focus

Goal of the Retreat for Deacons

Grow in the Gift of Your Diaconate

Retreats for Deacon and Deacon Candidates

The goal of the retreat is to grow in greater intimacy with Christ the Servant by rediscovering the gift of our vocation through a reflection on the Servant Mysteries as found in the diaconal prayer of ordination. To achieve this goal, we will return to the day of our ordination not in the sense of our memory, but in the sacramental sense of making present and participating in that which is timeless and eternal. This will be accomplished through three fundamental elements that center on a lectio divina of the prayer of diaconal ordination. These elements are:


    (1)  Our relationship to Christ the Servant
    (2)  Our identity in Christ the Servant 
    (3)  Our mission with Christ the Servant

Depending in diocesan requirements, wives of deacons can be included and special effort is made to show how these very same servant principles apply to their vocation.

Wives

Custom Retreats

Also Available

day of our ordination not in the sense of our memory, but in the sacramental sense of making present and participating in that which is timeless and eternal. This will be accomplished through three fundamental elements that center on a lectio divina of the prayer of diaconal ordination. These elements are:

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Retreat Approach

The Servant Mysteries

This approach, pioneered by Father Richard Gabuzda and Deacon James Keating of the Institute of Priestly Formation, is adapted to the diaconate as a means to renew the order.  This is accomplished through a deeper spirituality rooted in an ongoing reflection on the Servant Mysteries as expressed in the diaconal prayer of ordination. The Servant Mysteries can be defined as Christ’s servanthood as revealed in Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and as taught by the Magisterium. For our purposes, servanthood (diakonia) is understood as a gift-of-self that wills the good of another for the sake of the other as exemplified by Jesus Christ.

deeper spirituality rooted in an ongoing reflection on the Servant Mysteries as expressed in the diaconal prayer of ordination. The Servant Mysteries can be defined as Christ’s servanthood as revealed in Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and as taught by the Magisterium. For our purposes, servanthood (diakonia) is understood as a gift-of-self that wills the good of another for the sake of the other as exemplified by Jesus Christ.

Deepen Your Relationship with Christ the Servant

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By carefully reading, meditating and praying these mysteries, interspersed with adoration and discussion, the deacon deepens his relationship to Christ the Servant, strengthens his identity in Christ the Servant, and better lives out his mission with Christ the Servant. 

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