Last Monday, 5 July, Fr. Janusz Sok C.Ss.R., Provincial of the Warsaw Province of the Redemptorists, presided at the Holy Mass to inaugurate the month of spiritual renewal. Its first two weeks will occur in Lubaszowa, and the second part will be continued in Krakow.
Among the month of renewal participants, besides the seven seminarians who last June finished their fifth year of studies at the Redemptorist Theological Seminary in Tuchow, are fathers who minister in various houses throughout Poland and abroad from Italy, Germany, Russia and Belarus. These priests are experiencing their ninth, tenth and eleventh year of priestly ministry this year. During the month of spiritual renewal, we also welcome confreres from Ukraine: two seminarians.
The Month of Renewal is a time for all of us to “renew” our spiritual lives, and for the Fathers to reflect on their years of priestly and religious life. The month is also a time for recalling the most important aspects of Christian spirituality, priestly ministry, human psychology, and community life in the Congregation by listening to various conferences given by invited speakers, both clergy and laity.
It is a time of intensive prayer and reflection on one’s own life, as well as an opportunity to rest and regenerate physical strength before the next years of religious, missionary and priestly ministry. For the youngest participants, the seminarians, it is the time of immediate preparation for their solemn profession in the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, which will take place on 15 August this year, on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
We entrust ourselves to the care of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and our holy and blessed confreres, asking that this month of spiritual renewal is for all of us a time of real revision of our religious and priestly life, as well as a time of rekindling our love for the Congregation and Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the world.
Norbert Żukliński, C.Ss.R.