Priests in the Archdiocese with Archbishop William Goh during their retreat.

The recent five-day priests’ retreat allowed them to bond with one another, refreshed their spirits and helped them reflect more deeply on their ministry, priests said.

The time of silence helped the clergy to be “more sensitive to the promptings of the Spirit”, said Fr Charlie Oasan, from the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Most of the time, priests are busy ministering to people, he told Catholic News. However, the time dedicated to silent prayer “relaxed my mind and my spirit”. In addition, the retreat helped priests to bond more deeply with one another as they ate and prayed together, he said.

Fr Terence Kesavan shared that the July 2-6 retreat, held at Changi Cove, helped him to reflect on this four-and-a-half years as a priest.

It helped him to re-examine his relationship with God, “reflect on the struggles, the ups and downs” and to renew his commitment to his priestly ministry.

The theme for the retreat, which was led by Jesuit Fr Joseph Arockiam from India, was “Abide in my Love” (Jn 15:9)

The annual retreat allows priests to take time off from their daily ministry to reflect on their relationship with God and to be spiritually refreshed.

A time of communal prayer. Photo: FR ALOYSIUS ONG

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