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The annual staff retreat of the Chancery, led by Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon, and facilitated by Fr Jesse Maingot OP, was held on March 13 at The Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat in the Parish of Tortuga. The theme of the retreat centred on the Eucharist, aligning with Pope Francis’ call for 2024 to be a Year of Prayer.

The day began with a journey to the shrine, accompanied by prayers, recitation of the Holy Rosary, and worship. Upon arrival, the staff was warmly welcomed by Fr Shijomon Zacharias MSFS, the parish priest, and representatives of the Shrine Committee.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat, with its rich history and architectural beauty, provided a serene backdrop for the retreat activities. Fr Maingot facilitated the day, emphasising the significance of encountering Jesus in the Eucharist and the importance of seeking answers and solace directly from Him.

Throughout the morning, Fr Maingot stressed the spiritual power of spending time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, whether through receiving communion or simply being in His presence.

He encouraged each person to embrace the opportunity to commune with Jesus, believing that such encounters would transform their lives, making them more fruitful, focused, and joyous.

The retreat culminated with Holy Mass, concelebrated by the Archbishop, Frs Maingot and Zacharias, bringing the day’s reflections and spiritual experiences to a close.

For all who attended, the retreat was a profoundly fulfilling experience, leaving a lasting impression on their minds, hearts, and spiritual lives. It reinforced the importance of embracing Jesus in the Eucharist and seeking guidance and strength from Him in all aspects of life.

—Germaine M Mc Shine, Manager Operations, Chancellor’s Office