Extraordinary Visitation of North American Conference Begins in Oconomowoc

left to right: Provincial Vicar John Fahey Guerra, Fr. John (Jack) Kingsbury, North American Conference Coordinator, Br. Jeffrey Rolle, General Consultor from Rome, and Provincial Superior Stephen Rehrauer

(Denver, USA) A snowstorm that dumped seven inches of snow at the Redemptorist Retreat Centre delayed the start of the Extraordinary Visitation of the North American Conference on Monday 16th of April, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the confreres gathered in Oconomowoc. Provincial Superior Stephen Rehrauer and Provincial Vicar John Fahey Guerra warmly welcomed Br. Jeffrey Rolle, General Consultor, and Fr. Jack Kingsbury, North American Conference Coordinator, to the Denver Province.

Six more inches of snow fell from the skies during the week. The weather delighted some confreres from the South, but was most intriguing to Fr. Chakrit Micaphitak, newly arrived from Thailand to minister to refugees from Myanmar and the Hmong community in Milwaukee, who had never experienced snow.

Br. Jeffrey presented a reflection to launch the first Extraordinary Visitation of the North American Conference. The Extraordinary Visitation team will travel across North America to meet with Redemptorist confreres during the remainder of the year:

April 23-27          New Smyrna Beach

May 7-11             West End

May 21-25           Student Gathering at West End

May 27-June 1     Redemptorist Renewal Centre in Tucson

June 18-22          Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Centre in Houston

June 25-29          Sainte Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine in Quebec, Canada

July 30-Aug. 3      Dialogue 2018 at Canandaigua

October 15-19     Mississauga, Canada


Kristine Stremel

Photos by Fr. Vincent Minh