Retreat for Polish Catholic Mission priests working in England and Wales

 On the 8th of September, priests of the Polish Catholic Mission gathered for their annual four day long retreat at Fawley Court, Henley-on-Thames which was conducted by the Archbishop of Warsaw, Kazimierz Nycz.

Almost all the 105 priests of the Polish Catholic Mission working in England and Wales attended.

The annual retreat is a unique event as it gathers all the priests serving Polish Catholic communities scattered throughout England and Wales. and gives them a chance to exchange experiences and problems encountered and seek best solutions.

The main theme of this year's retreat was the need for priests to witness to Christ in their daily pastoral work. However, in order to give witness to Christ, the priests need to be deeply anchored in Christ through prayer, the Eucharist, meditation and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and regular confession, stressed the Archbishop.

During informal evening meetings, the Archbishop shared his views on the current problems facing the Catholic Church in Poland. Discussing Polish emigration to the West the Archbishop affirmed that the Church of Christ is found in the local Church, but he stressed also that in the Spirit of the Second Vatican Council, particular ethnic communities should be encouraged to grow in their faith for the benefit of the Universal Church.

Strong faith of the individuals can then be translated into the lay apostolate of all the members of communities in their everyday lives, both in the workplace and in family life.

Source: Polish Catholic Mission

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