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Diocesan Priests Make Their Annual Retreat Enthusiastically

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altBELLARY, OCT 07 (Fr Thomas): 65 priests of the Diocese of Bellary made their annual retreat Oct. 3-7, enthusiastically at the local St. Anthony’s Community Centre.

The five-day retreat concluded today with a concelebrated Holy Eucharistic celebration.

The annual retreat was animated by the noted Biblical scholar and professor Fr. Anthonysamy of Chennai.

The preacher, who is the former Rector of the Poonamalee Seminary, Chennai, spoke on the theme: “Discipleship of Jesus culminating in priesthood”.

The preacher urged the pastoral clergy to make their life “founded on the word of God” and be nourished by its richness”.

A professor of Scripture for over 27 years, Fr Anthonysamy urged the priests to feed the faithful not merely with “side-dishes” of car-festivals, processions and decorations, but with the “ever nourishing word of God”.

The preacher encouraged priests to follow the “lectio divina” process of the use of the Holy Bible and the “symphony of the word of God” presented by Pope Benedict XVI in his encyclical “Verbum Domini”.

The retreat included – common morning prayer, meditation on the word of God, celebration of Eucharist, recitation of the rosary and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

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