Summer Retreat Schedule Announced For 2000

 The 2000 Summer Retreat Schedule at Saint Vincent Archabbey has been announced by Brother Hugh Lester, O.S.B., Retreat Director. The series of six retreats will begin May 19 and conclude on July 23. Father Michael McKay, O.S.B., will conduct a retreat on “Benedictine Spirituality” from May 19-21.

Currently Director of Archabbey Health Care, Father Michael was a priest in residence at St. Benedict Parish, Baltimore, while earning his master of science degree in nursing from The Johns Hopkins University in 1997. Father Mark Gruber, O.S.B., is conducting two retreats: a three-day retreat for men which will be held May 26 to 28, and a three-day charismatic prayer retreat to be held June 16 to 18. An associate professor in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Saint Vincent College, Father Mark is the author of three books on spirituality.

A women’s retreat will be held June 2 to 4 by Father Justin Matro, O.S.B. A former associate director of the Retreat Program, Father Justin is Director of Spiritual Life at Saint Vincent Seminary. Br. Philip M. Kanfush, O.S.B., will conduct the retreat for married couples from July 14 to 16. He earned the M.A. degree in theology with a concentration in Sacred Scripture and received the American Bible Study Award for excellence in Scripture scholarship at Saint Vincent Seminary. He will be ordained to the priesthood on May 20, 2000.

A men’s four-day retreat will be held July 20 to 23, with Father Simon Toth, O.S.B., serving as retreatmaster. Currently the pastor at Saint Boniface Parish, Chestnut Ridge, Father Simon has also served in parishes in Crabtree, Johnstown and Baltimore, and as a prison chaplain.

For more information on the retreat program, contact Brother Hugh, at 724-532-6600, extension 2139. To receive a brochure on the retreats, write to Saint Vincent Retreat Program, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690.