The Latin Mass Society is handling the bookings for the Retreat, which will be held in the splendid setting of Prior Park, Bath, Somerset. The Retreat will run from the afternoon of Monday 27th March until after lunch on Friday 31st March. It will end before Passiontide, and will be a timely opportunity for priests to pray and meditate in preparation for Holy Week (Easter falls on 16th April).
Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP will give the silent retreat on the theme: “I have come to bring fire to the earth - Ignem veni mittere in terram” (Luke 12:49).
Fr de Malleray writes: “This is the motto of the English College in Rome. According to tradition, students gathered to sing a Te Deum whenever news reached Rome of a martyrdom of a former student.
“Admittedly, we clergy in Great Britain do not actually plan to die heroically. Our priestly journey might unfold on a more gentle pace, led by Christ’s “kindly light”, to quote Blessed John-Henry Newman. So did probably Fr Jacques Hamel think, at the age of 85, when vesting before Mass at Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray on 26th July last. Like him however, we want to be faithful until the end, whatever the circumstances, if our end is to be a blissful beginning... This means fidelity in small things for an ever deeper union with Christ through Mary, and a deepening of our priestly identity in the light of Christ’s sacrifice of love.”
REGISTRATION FOR THE RETREAT IS NOW CLOSED