Deacons and Wives and Candidates,
You are invited to attend to participate in our 2017 Diaconate Convocation at Immaculata Retreat House in Willimantic on January 6-8, 2017. The convocation theme this year is:
ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS (LUKE 24:13-35):
FROM BEING GOOD PEOPLE TO BECOMING GREAT DISCIPLES
Our convocation presenter is Fr. Daniel Renaud, OMI
Fr. Daniel Renaud is a Roman Catholic priest (ordained in 2003) with the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI). After many years working as a certified Drama educator, he earned a Bachelor of Theology at Saint Paul University, Ottawa (1999) and holds an MA in Youth Ministry from Boston College, Massachusetts. Preacher, speaker and spiritual guide in both Canada and the USA; Fr. Renaud was director of Campus Ministry for more than ten years at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, On, Canada. He has extensive experience in spiritual direction and in the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and is a member of Spiritual Director International (SDI).
Fr. Renaud also studied in the Christian Spirituality Program at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Ronald Rolheiser, president of the Oblate School of Theology (OST) in San Antonio, TX, mentored him in retreat ministry. In January 2016 he joined the staff at Immaculata Retreat House in Willimantic, CT for retreat ministry and spiritual direction as he continues itinerant preaching to lay and religious in the USA and Canada.
I think this convocation will be one of the best yet.
This year we will once again have Bishop Cote celebrating with us. Friday will be our annual prime rib dinner with wine.
There will be a state of the union address by the Director.
There will be a status report on our two newly ordained Deacons
There will be an update on those men in formation with tentative ordination in the Summer of 2018
We’ll also talk about the identification and vetting process for new diaconate candidates and plans for starting a new larger diaconate formation class.
Many thanks for your service,