2016 Summer Retreat and Congress at Daylesford Abbey

Summer 2016 Retreat and Congress, August 2-6 2016.

Here is a Welcome Prayer by Fr. Thomas Keating sent by our formation director

to help us enter into this retreat and Congress.

Welcome, welcome, welcome. I welcome everything that comes to me today because I know it’s for my healing. I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons, situations, and conditions. I let go of my desire for power and control. I let go of my desire for affection, esteem, approval and pleasure. I let go of my desire to change any situation, condition, person or myself. I open to the love and presence of God and God’s action within. Amen.

1st retreat sessions: 'Mercy and the Saints' with Father John Joseph Novielli

2nd retreat sessions: 'Mercy and the Parables' with Father Francis Danielski

3rd retreat sessions: 'Mercy and the Psalms' with Father Maurice Avicolli

(The talks from the retreat sessions are available at the link below)

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see pictures, including Alex being ordained a Deacon!

Messages from the 2016 General Assembly

The July 2016 General Assembly was held in July 2016.

Here are some messages from the VDEI USA members who attended.
Message - Day 1

Message - After Week 1

Message - Election Results

VDEI and Fr. Tony Ciorra featured in National Catholic Register Article

From the NCR: 1/31/2016

Meet the ‘Spiritual Mountaineers (Pope Pius XII Paved the Way for Consecrated Life to Be Lived in the World)