Project Description

Well, our Parish Retreat is finally here!  Beginning tonight and continuing on Monday and Tuesday (at 7pm each evening), this retreat will be a great opportunity to gather and pray together as a community.  (The Tuesday evening session will conclude with a penance service, where plenty of priests will be available for confessions.)  We’re still pretty early in the season of Lent, so hopefully this is one way for all of us to get our Lenten observances started on the right foot so that this holy season doesn’t pass us by!

 

Our retreat will feature two terrific speakers who are well known to many of you (and, in fact, related to a good number of you, as well!)

 

  • Bishop Bill Wack is a proud 1981 graduate of Christ the King School.   Ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1994, he has served in parishes in Colorado Springs, CO and Austin, TX.  He has also worked in the Holy Cross Vocation Office, and he spent six-and-a-half years serving as Director of André House, a House of Hospitality which serves the homeless and poor of Central Phoenix.   On May 29, 2017, His Holiness, Pope Francis, named Father Wack as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.  Bishop Wack was ordained and installed as bishop at the Pensacola Bay Center on August 22, 2017.

 

  • Rev. Neil Wack, C.S.C., is also a graduate of Christ the King School and a lifelong parishioner.  Fr. Neil currently serves as an Assistant Provincial for the United States Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross.  (That’s a long way of saying that he’s basically my boss.)  He served here at Christ the King for 10 years, including 8 as Pastor, and he was a tremendous and generous shepherd of souls.  Among other things, he oversaw the installation of the stained glass windows, the renovation of the church interior and the building of our playground.  He was also my mentor in my first priestly assignment, so all the credit (or blame) goes to him!

 

For those of you who may not know them, both of the Wack brothers are wonderful and inspiring speakers, so it promises to be a terrific retreat.  We are almost as excited as Mrs. Wack is to have them back home!  Many thanks to Fr. Michael and his team of dedicated parishioner volunteers who have been planning this retreat for months.  Whether you’re able to make all three evenings or just one or two, I hope to see you there.  It’s so important that we try and put some extra effort into our relationship with Christ during this time of preparation for Easter, and this retreat should be a great way to jump start our efforts.  And please pray for Bishop Bill and Fr. Neil, that the Holy Spirit may work through them to inspire and guide us through their words.