Fall Clergy Retreat 2018

Please join us for the annual clergy retreat held this year September 17-21 at the Franciscan Retreat Center at Mt. St. Francis in Colorado Springs. This year's presenters are Fathers Stephen Gallegos, CM and Thomas M. Dragga.

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speakersRev. Stephen Gallegos, C.M.
Rev. Stephen was born in Denver and entered The Congregation of the Mission on February 2, 1965 as lay brother. He then went to the Mission in Taiwan in May 1975 and was ordained September 25, 1988. In September of 2011 he returned to the USA and currently serves as Chaplain to the Daughters of Charity in Evansville, IN. On November 21, 2016 he renewed his Missionary of Mercy in the Year of Mercy.

Rev. Thomas M. Dragga
Fr. Tom Dragga graduated from Borromeo Seminar in Wickliffe, OH in 1979 with a B.A. in Social Behavioral Sciences. Fr. Dragga received his M. Div. from St. Mary Seminary and was ordained at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral on June 11, 1983. In 1993 he received his Doctorate in Leadership and Evangelization from United Theological Seminary and University of Dayton, Dayton OH.

Fr. Dragga joined the Pastoral Theology and Field Education Department of St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School in 1990. In July of 1996, Fr. Dragga was name the seventh President-Rector of Borromeo Seminary, which is the undergraduate seminary for the Diocese of Cleveland. He held a joint position as President of the College seminary while continuing to serve as a professor of Pastoral Theology at St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology and an adjunct faculty member of John Carroll University. He continues teaching in the Doctor of Ministry Program as an adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology for St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology.

Fr. Dragga was a member of the Board of Directors of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Education Association where he serves as the vice chair and member of the Executive Committee. In 2014, Fr. Dragga was elected President of the National Organization of the Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy.

Fr. Dragga has served as retreat director, Parish Mission speaker and has spoken both locally and nationally on a variety of subjects on the Liturgy, Pastoral Life, Evangelization and Church Leadership.

Fall Clergy Retreat 2017

Please join us for the annual clergy retreat held this year September 18-22 at the Franciscan Retreat Center at Mt. St. Francis in Colorado Springs. This year's presenter is Mr. Jim Berlucchi, Executive Director The Spitzer Center.

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webpic JimJames Berlucchi helped co-found the Spitzer Center which he oversees in Ann Arbor, Michigan. An educator, executive coach, speaker and author, he has partnered with Fr. Spitzer to produce the entire curricula. As the lead presenter of the Spitzer programs, he has worked with scores of leadership teams and staff in dioceses, parishes, schools, hospitals and apostolates across the U.S. Mr. Berlucchi is also certified with two other prominent institutes: Human Synergistics and The Pacific Institute. This expertise allows him to integrate complementary and time-tested diagnostic and training tools for the benefit of the Catholic organizations he serves.

He is the work/life columnist for Faith Magazine and the author of Person to Person—How to be Effective in Evangelization and the Ambassador Prayer Journal. A published composer and recording artist, he has led music and worship for more than a quarter of a million Catholics worldwide.

He formerly served as the Executive Director of Legatus, an international association of Catholic CEOs, where he directed a six-fold growth of membership over ten years. A frequent speaker at Catholic men’s conferences he was one of the 50 delegates to the Vatican’s first international pontifical seminar on the role of sport in the modern world.

Some of his other initiatives include hosting a Catholic television series, The Choices We Face, launching a prolife campaign, Battin’1000, with 100 major league baseball players, directing a Christian performing arts company, and overseeing numerous evangelization and educational programs.

Mr. Berlucchi holds an M.T.S. from Madonna University, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. He and wife, Judy are the grateful parents of eight children and enjoy a steadily increasing number of grandchildren.

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2016 Fall Clergy Retreat

Please join us for the annual clergy retreat held this year September 19-23 at the Franciscan Retreat Center at Mt. St. Francis in Colorado Springs.

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This year's presenter: Abbot Rooney

abbotAbbot Rooney was the eighth Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation.

He was born on 20 Sept 1937, professed solemn vows 2 September 1958 and was ordained to the priesthood on 21 September 1963. He was elected Abbot of Conception Abbey on 14 April 1993, was blessed 10 May 1993, was elected Abbot Primate and Abbot of Sant’Anselmo on 18 September 1996 and resigned on 3 September 2000.

Most recently he has taught at The College of St. Mary Magdalen (now Northeast Catholic College) in Warner, New Hampshire.

He taught for many years at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Liturgy at Sant’Anselmo in Rome, Italy. He has consulted on the liturgy to St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In May 2011 Abbot Rooney established the Saint Gregory Institute of Pastoral Liturgy, Music, and Art on the site of the Durward’s Glen Retreat Center in the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, at the invitation of Bishop Robert Morlino. The institute has offered workshops, retreats and online education.

Clergy Day of Recollection 2015

This year's Day of Recollection will be held on Tuesday, March 24 from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Shrine of St. Therese in Pueblo.

The presenter will be Most Reverend Joseph Charron, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Des Moines in Iowa.

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8 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9 a.m. Morning Prayer
9:30 a.m. Welcome
9:30 a.m. Talk by Bishop Charron
10:30 a.m. Break
10:40 a.m. Talk by Bishop Charron
11:30 a.m. Lunch
1 p.m. Penance
5 p.m. Chrism Mass at the Cathedral