The American Association’s September retreat was held at Betania II in Medway, MA from the 6th to the 8th. More than 40 Knights, Dames, Auxiliary, and Year of Formation Candidates were in attendance at this weekend retreat, led by Bishop William Murphy, Bishop Emeritus of Rockville Centre, Long Island and a Conventual Chaplain of the American Association since 2002. The retreat was organized by Camille Kelleher, who serves as the Hospitaller for the American Association.
This retreat focused on the topic, “Witness Today: Steadfast, Holy, Humble”. Bishop Murphy’s insightful discussions included witnessing the faith, its relation to “tuitio fidei”, and the importance of maintaining the link between the Order’s corporal works of mercy. His remarks on “Tuitio Fidei” have inspired the potential addition of a new module for the new Year of Formation online curriculum.
“This was a time of prayer, both personal and communal,” Murphy wrote. “It was also a time to renew the spiritual bonds that exist and deepen the lives of all.” As the retreat master, Bishop Murphy was inspired by the Order’s patrons, Our Lady of Philermo, whose feast he celebrated over the weekend, and St John the Baptist. “We are called to be witnesses to the truth of our faith and the teachings of our Church as we live out our vocations in the world,” said Murphy. “Essential to that is that we be steadfast to the truth of our faith, seek to be holy and live humbly in a Church that is the Bride of Christ, holy and humble.”
If you were unable to attend this retreat, we hope you can join us at our next Association retreat with Bishop Caggiano in Florida on January 31-February 2, 2020. Save the date!