My Words are Spirit and Life
The Crucial Role of Contemplating the Word of God in Priestly Ministry
Thirty-Eighth Easter Seminar for Priests and Seminarians

WHEN Sunday, April 17 to Wednesday, April 20, 2022

WHERE Shellbourne Conference Center  |  Valparaiso, Indiana

As priests and future priests, we are not immune to the present culture of activism and frenetic activity.

The demands on a priest can be quite daunting: the heavy workload of funerals, weddings, baptisms, care for the sick, and parish administration falls on the shoulders of the parish priest. How do you avoid burn out, disillusionment, and a loss of priestly zeal?

Priests and bishops who preach and give witness to the Gospel with authority and enthusiasm, draw nourishment from the contemplation of the word of God in the Liturgy of the Hours, the Liturgy of the Eucharist, and in personal prayer. Ongoing study of the word of God helps the priest hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. This seminar aims to cultivate a greater fascination with the Divine Word, empowering priests and seminarians to inspire this appreciation in the people entrusted to our pastoral care.

“To speak from the heart means that our hearts must not just be on fire, but also enlightened by the fullness of revelation and by the path travelled by God’s word in the heart of the Church and our faithful people throughout history.”

POPE FRANCIS,
The Joy of the Gospel, no. 144

Topics and Speakers

Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022

6:30 p.m.

Arrival and Light Supper


8:00 p.m.

Introductory Talk


Monday, April 18, 2022

7:00 a.m.

Morning Prayer


7:15 a.m.

Preached Meditation


7:45 a.m.

Eucharistic Concelebration
(Please bring alb and stole)


11:00 a.m.

First Presentation
The Power of the Word of God (Session I)
Rev. Kevin Zilverberg
Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture
St. Paul Seminary, Minnesota


4:45 p.m.

Holy Hour


7:00 p.m.

Second Presentation
The Power of the Word of God (Session II)
Rev. Kevin Zilverberg
Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture
St. Paul Seminary, Minnesota

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

7:00 a.m.

Morning Prayer


7:15 a.m.

Preached Meditation


7:45 a.m.

Eucharistic Concelebration
(Please bring alb and stole)


11:00 a.m.

Third Presentation
The Gospel of St. John
in the Life of the Priest (Session I)

Very Rev. Javier del Castillo
Vicar of the Prelature of Opus Dei for the Midwest


4:45 p.m.

Holy Hour


7:00 p.m.

Fourth Presentation
The Gospel of St. John
in the Life of the Priest (Session II)

Very Rev. Javier del Castillo
Vicar of the Prelature of Opus Dei for the Midwest


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

7:15 a.m.

Morning Prayer


7:30 a.m.

Preached Meditation


8:00 a.m.

Eucharistic Concelebration
(Please bring alb and stole)


9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Departure

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