New retreat series at St. Bernard’s focuses on saints, prayer - Catholic Courier
A mosaic mural of Mary Magdalene and Jesus in a chapel in the Duc In Altum at Magdala. (OSV News photo by Debbie Hill)

A mosaic mural of Mary Magdalene and Jesus in a chapel in the Duc In Altum at Magdala. (OSV News photo by Debbie Hill)

New retreat series at St. Bernard’s focuses on saints, prayer

St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Pittsford will launch a monthly retreat series called “A Year of Prayer with the Saints” beginning Feb. 24.

Each month’s half-day retreat is open to the public and will highlight the life of a different saint with a focus on prayer.

Professor Lisa Lickona will lead the retreats, and the inaugural installment will focus on St. Mary Magdalene.

In an email to the Catholic Courier, Lickona said since Pope Francis called for 2024 to be a Year of Prayer, it seemed like the perfect time for the retreat series, especially in the context of the National Eucharistic Revival.

Year of Prayer is in anticipation of the 2025 Jubilee

In anticipation of the 2025 Jubilee, Pope Francis has inaugurated 2024 as a Year of Prayer dedicated to rediscovering the great value and absolute need for prayer, prayer in personal life, in the life of the Church, prayer in the world,” according to the event registration page for St. Bernard’s retreat series.

“Many people want to have a deeper prayer life, but don’t know how. I have found the saints to be the best teachers,” Lickona said. “I am very excited just to meet people in person and share the saints — who are like friends to me — and hopefully give them something that helps them in their relationship with God.”

Lickona said she wants people to know that “anyone can come to these retreats — you do not even have to be Catholic. All that is really required is a desire to go deeper with the Lord.”

Each retreat will include a presentation on the saint, quiet prayer, eucharistic adoration and an open invitation to have lunch afterwards. Retreats will take place at St. Bernard’s, 120 French Road, Pittsford.

Click here for registration information and details on upcoming retreats.

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