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Spiritual Moms - Week 1
May 27 - June 2, Week 1
Week 1 Course: "Christian Prayer and Discernment" which prepares the seminarians for their upcoming silent, eight-day retreat
Week 1 - Prayer Intention: For openness of heart to all the Lord wants to give as the program begins
"Everything starts from prayer. Without asking God for love, we cannot possess love and still less are we able to give it to others. Just as people today are speaking so much about the poor but they do not know or talk to the poor, we too cannot talk so much about prayer and yet not know how to pray."
- Blessed Mother Teresa
Thank you for offering your humble prayers as a Spiritual Mom to support these young seminarians as they discern their beautiful vocation to serve and to give their life to the Church. Your role as spiritual mothers is to bless these young men in abundance with His life and Spirit through our silent, hidden prayers.
The Institute's programs exist to help diocesan seminarians and priests become "contemplatives in action," i.e., to learn how to pray in such a way that they meet God in the midst of everyday busyness and are thus able to help the people of their parishes and dioceses do the same.
As testimony to this goal, a recent seminarian alumnus described his experience of the summer program in this way: "IPF is a great opportunity to listen for God's voice in your life, to experience His healing love, and fall deeper in love with Him. And in so doing, fall deeper in love with His Priesthood."
Now in our 24th year, the Institute's program for seminarians has served over 2500 seminarians from 94% of the dioceses in the U.S. and 16 international dioceses. Many more priests, seminaries, and dioceses have benefited from the Institute's other programs. These blessings move us to gratitude for the bishops, vocation directors, seminary personnel and friends who have been and continue to be so supportive of our mission.
May the Holy Spirit light the way as we continue to serve as instruments in the Lord's hands to help provide the Church with priests who are shepherds after the heart of the Good Shepherd.