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Father Son Retreat
Zechariah, Father of John the Baptist: From Broken Dreamer to Generous Bestower of Blessing
July 28 to 30, 2017
Whether we have raised sons or not, we ourselves are all imperfect sons in need of a truly perfect father. Unfortunately, there is only one perfect Father, our Father in heaven. During this retreat, we will focus on the inward journey of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, as the Lord guides him during his nine month period of silence. As he enters the profound silence, Zechariah appears to confront the painful memories of long-abandoned hopes and finds that the dawn from on high has indeed broken upon him, his family and upon all of Israel. It is this profound encounter with God that Zechariah vocalizes in the hymn of blessing he prays over his newborn son. Hopefully, we will gain insights on how to enter more deeply into an inward journey that leads us to a place of compassion and understanding that our good, but not yet perfect fathers, also need our support, prayers and forgiveness.
Retreat Master: Father Shawn Matthew Anderson earned a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2007. In 2008, he started graduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, earning his doctorate in 2013, when he was named to the faculty of Saint Vincent College..
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