(Wigratzbad) In April, the traditionally associated Fraternity held retreats at their seminary in Wigratzbat for 15 diocesan priests from various parts of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Northern Ireland). The four-day retreat was under the theme "The priest and the Eucharist in the Current Magisterium of the Church."
The occasion for this retreat was the tenth anniversary of the "groundbreaking encyclical" by John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia of May 2003, says the Fraternity of St. Peter. The retreat preacher was Father Arnaud de Malleray FSSP, the spiritual assistant of the lay association of the Fraternity, which is called the Confraternity of Saint Peter. He spoke in his lectures on the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the priest, the essence of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, the sacrificial character of the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and the Liturgy.
The conferences illuminated key messages, important doctrinal documents of recent times, as the Dogmatic Constitutions Presbytero Ordinis and Sacrosanctum Concilium , the Encyclical Mysterium Fidei of Paul VI., the encyclical Mediator Dei of Pius XII. and other texts.
The British priests experienced in Wigratzbad the spiritual atmosphere of the Marian pilgrimage site with its opportunities for perpetual adoration and to meet the residents of the Seminary of St. Peter. The Bishop of Portsmouth, Bishop Philip Egan, in whose diocese the Fraternity of St. Peter is active, had advertised the retreat in the circular to its priests.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Peter Brotherhood