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Newman retreat explores God’s dream for us

By Michael MacLean

02/15/2017

The annual Newman retreat was held Jan. 27 — 29 at St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster, Sask. The Newman Centre is located at St. Thomas More College and works closely with STM Campus Ministry. (STM photo)

MUENSTER, Sask. — Students, staff and faculty gathered at St. Peter’s Abbey on the last weekend of January to listen to Rev. André Lalach explore “God’s Dream for us.”

The St. Thomas More College campus minister took time to lead the group through a look at biblical dreams and then introduced the idea of dream analysis during the annual Newman retreat. Lalach also presided over Byzantine prayer services that were new to many retreat participants. Lalach has been serving at STM since 2006, and also serves as pastor of the parish of the Dormition of the Blessed Mother of God in Saskatoon.

The Newman annual retreat offers three days of reflection, relaxation, prayer and process. Comments retreatants made at the end of the weekend revealed that their experience was positive. Some said they appreciated Lalach’s prayerful approach, while others commented that the best part was the sense of peace he brought to the retreat.

St. Peter’s Abbey is certainly a place known for its peaceful setting. Retreatants enjoyed quiet reflection time, walks outside despite the brisk temperature, and had a chance to feed the local chickadees.

The Newman retreat continues to be an excellent venue for university students to meet new people, share with each other and build community. This year was also a great moment to learn practical skills about how all can seek a deeper meaning to dreams.

Newman has been visiting St. Peter’s Abbey for their annual retreat since the early 1970s. Newman Centre is the longest-standing Catholic student club at the University of Saskatchewan.

The Newman office is located in STM Rm 104 at St. Thomas More College, and works closely with STM campus ministry. The Newman Centre is an organization dedicated to building Christian community on campus: the Newman motto is “Heart speaks to Heart.”

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