Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Recollection Day in Alexandria

Saturday in the Fifth Week of Easter

Almighty eternal God, who through the regenerating power of Baptism have been pleased to confer on us heavenly life, grant, we pray, that those you render capable of immortality by justifying them may by your guidance attain the fullness of glory. Through our Lord.

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This is one of the many imposing structures in the Eastern Ontario town of Alexandria, site of St. Finnan's Church, the cathedral of the diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall. Next to this building stood, in 1961, a retreat house where some of my Loyola High School '61 classmates and I went for a retreat in our graduation year.  On my return from that retreat I determined to enter the Jesuit Novitiate.

This week, I returned to a different retreat house, down the street and on the opposite side, Shalom House to offer some reflections on the Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini to the priests of this neighbouring diocese.

Some photos taken at the dinner:

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