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A priest’s strength depends on his relationship with Christ


Bishop Peter Christensen and Bishop Peter Smith, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, with priests of the Diocese of Boise at the closing Mass of a retreat in Tamarack. (Photo courtesy of/Father Robert Méndez) — Obispo Peter Christensen y Obispo Peter Smith, Obispo Auxiliar de la Arquidiócesis de Portland, Oregon, con sacerdotes de la Diócesis de Boise, a la Misa de clausura del retiro en Tamarack. (Foto cortesía/ Padre Robert Méndez)


By Vero Gutierrez

Staff Writer


DONNELLY - Priests of our diocese gathered for a spiritual retreat at Tamarack Resort in Donnelly, Sept 4-7. They enjoyed moments of prayer, reflection, formation, and even time to practice their favorite sport!


Bishop Peter Christensen led the retreat and presided at the Eucharist, while the featured speaker was Bishop Peter Smith, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon.


They received teachings concerning gratitude, the value of discipleship, and the importance of being merciful and humble. It was emphasized that priests should be a blessing to the people. Bishop Peter Smith said, “Remember, your strength as a priest depends on your relationship with Christ; you must be close to Him through the people.”


Father Robert “Toto” Mendez, Parochial Vicar of St. Paul’s in Nampa, said that the retreat was spacious, allowing participants to enjoy times of formation, as well as various recreational activities such as golf, swimming, hiking, and moments of personal and community meditation with the Liturgy of the Hours.


During the retreat, the priests also had moments of intercessory prayer, asking the Holy Spirit for their parishes and the gifts they need in their ministry to serve their communities better.


La fuerza de los sacerdotes depende de su relación con Dios


Por Vero Gutiérrez

Colaboradora


DONNELLY - Sacerdotes de nuestra diócesis, se reunieron del 4 al 7 de

septiembre, en Tamarack resort, en Donelly para un retiro espiritual, donde los Padres tuvieron momentos de oración, reflexión y también tiempo para practicar su deporte favorito.


El retiro estuvo dirigido por el obispo Peter Christensen de inicio a fin y como ponente Peter Smith Vicario General y obispo auxiliar de la Arquidiócesis de Portland, Oregon.

Recibieron temas básicos sobre la gratitud, el valor del discipulado, la importancia de ser misericordiosos y humildes. En concreto se puso énfasis en que el sacerdote debe ser una bendición para la gente. Dijo el obispo Peter Smith, “recuerden, su fuerza como sacerdotes depende de la relación que tengan con Cristo, deben ser cercanos a Él a través de la gente.”


Padre Robert “Toto” Méndez, Vicario Parroquial de Saint Paul, en Nampa, compartió su experiencia y dijo que fue un retiro muy suave que les permitió a los sacerdotes que participaron realizar diferentes actividades recreativas como jugar golf, nadar, salir a caminar y sus momentos de meditación personal, y comunitaria con la liturgia de las horas.


Durante el tiempo de retiro, los sacerdotes también, tuvieron momentos de oración de intercesión en la que pidieron al Espíritu Santo por sus parroquias y los dones que requieren en su ministerio para servir mejor a sus comunidades.


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