Every year there are newly canonized saints, given to us by the church, which are upheld as models for us. Fr. Thomas Dunavan hopes the weekend retreat September 15-17 will help you see the connection of how the lives of these saints have meaning for all members of the Church and point us toward heaven. He said, "The lives of the saints have relevance to touch our lives today. They are a help us on our journey, an inspiration to us, and their prayers assist us."
Fr. Dunavan noted the importance of retreats while reflecting on the recent Gospel reading where Jesus said to St. Peter, "For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father (Mt; 16:17)." Fr. Dunavan said, "without prayer, without this time with the Father who reveals his Son, we cannot come to know Jesus, hear his voice, or experience his love."
Fr. Thomas Dunavan has been ordained nineteen years and is pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Falls City and Chief Administrative Officer of Sacred Heart School. He previously served in Tecumseh and St. Mary.
This "Saints for Today" weekend retreat is open to men and women of all ages.