Annual Retreat for the Junior Clergy

42 priests of the Diocese participated in the Annual Retreat for the Junior Clergy of Vijayawada which was held from 6th January to 10th January, 2020 at Bishop’s House. The retreat was guided by Fr. Antony Menezes SVD, the former director of Ishvani Kendra Pune, and the present director of Atma Darshan, Mumbai. Welcoming the preacher and the priests on the first day of the retreat, His Lordship said that retreat is not only a time of being with the Lord but an opportunity to rejuvenate and reinvent ourselves in our pastoral life. The preacher who holds a doctorate in counselling psychology helped the young clergy of the diocese by his psycho-spiritual approach and self-help techniques during the retreat. Fr. Kuchipudi Prasanth, the parish priest of Vennanapudi, while thanking the preacher at the conclusion of the retreat expressed how Fr. Tony while being informative, was also posing thought-provoking questions and was complimenting each talk with his life experiences to help the retreatants. He also expressed his gratitude to all those who facilitated the retreat in various ways.