Group retreats welcome

The Montfort Centre chapel is replete with blue, the colour of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Since Montfort Centre became operational in 2005, many groups from Catholic parishes and other Christian traditions have flocked to the place in Upper Bukit Timah.

Catholic churches usually organise day-long retreats or recollections for those in ministry, such as wardens and communion ministers.  

These groups would sometimes approach Gabrielite Br Dominic Yeo-Koh to conduct the retreat for them and usually, he would speak on evangelisation, discipleship and spirituality. Those who belong to the Legion of Mary like to know more about the rosary.

Religious congregations, such as the Carmelite and Franciscan Friars, have also used the centre for their community retreats.

On the other hand, retreats of Christians from other denominations are usually conducted by their pastors.

Due to his hectic schedule, Br Dominic limits the number of individuals he journeys with as a spiritual director. The Gabrielite Brother is a member of Life Direction Singapore.

To those whom he accompanies, he recommends no particular prayer style, saying, “prayer is an individual preference”. However, if retreatants don’t have a prayer preference, Br Dominic recommends a contemplative rosary to those who are tactile, or Ignatian contemplation to those who like to use their imagination.

Br Dominic conducts three to four retreats a year on a life of devotion to Mary, which is one of the themes of Montfortian spirituality.

He says, “We try to teach people, in light of the new evangelisation, to be passionate for God, to be willing to give up everything for God. In group retreats we teach ministry people to be passionate about their ministry, [they] must be touched by Jesus and see Jesus in the people they serve.”

The other Montfortian theme is the cross. Br Dominic says, “The underlying philosophy of St Louis Marie de Montfort [founder of the congregation] is, ‘If everything goes well with your ministry, you are probably not on the right track. But if you are doing God’s work, expect crosses.’ ”

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By Mel Diamse-Lee