On September 28 / 29, 2019, Companions gathered at the Precious Blood Renewal Center for their annual retreat. Over 50 Companions from the greater Kanas City area gathered as we reflected on the question, “What part of you is part of the New Creation?” Kansas City Provincial Director Fr. Garry Richmeier led our retreat as we explored our reactions to change and the blessings and challenges that change offers each of us. At the conclusion of the Retreat at our closing liturgy we celebrated with Judy Kotecki-Martin, who renewed her covenant with the Community.
For those who weren’t able to attend, you can view the first session of the retreat on You Tube. Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/rhUvE8wPTyM. Just copy the address and paste it in your internet browser.
The Precious Blood community in the surrounding areas gathered at Sacred Heart Church in Warrensburg to celebration the anniversary of the founding of the community. We began our time with prayer which included readings from scripture and Saint Gaspar as well as a reflection by Companion Ruth Mather. We concluded our time of prayer with the celebration of Companion covenant renewal. Congratulations to Shirley Schlobohm who renewed her covenant. We continued our celebration in the parish hall with a wonderful buffet provided by the Central Missouri Companions. Many thanks to the Companions and Fr. Joe Bathke for their wonderful hospitality.
Over the weekend, a special training was held for the Companions who were discerned the community to serve as Conveners and Sponsors for the next three years. The training with prayer that spoke of the power of fire and the power of the light of Christ. Throughout the next day those gathered discussed specific details of their new responsibilities as well as the best practices that were utilized by the different Companion groups across the country. We are so grateful to all those who gathered for saying “Yes” and helping support Companions throughout the country.
On Sunday, July 7th, Northern California Companions gathered at Sonnino House in Berkeley for a belated feast day celebration. They also had two other reasons to celebrate. Timothy Guile made his first covenant with the community. Timothy began formation in San Rafael but had to move to Guam for family reasons. With some creative use of technology and learning about what time zone Guam is in, the Companions were able to work with him to finish formation. The celebration was a chance for him to make his covenant in person with the Companions he has come to know. They also celebrated the new gathering space that is being developed at Sonnino. This room will now have space for all the Companions to join together for gatherings, ongoing education and community events.
Everyone is welcome to the Companion Day at the Sorrowful Mothers Shrine to be held on Sunday, July 28, 2019. The day begins with Mass at 11:00 am followed by a meal and presentation. This year Br. Juan Acuna, C.PP.S. will share information about the New Creation process. For more information and to register, please see the attached flyer or contact Br. Terry Nufer, C.PP.S at 419-483-8099 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.