Priestly Fraternity in the DWC

Retreat Brings Bishop and Priests Together at Snowshoe.


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Bishop Michael J. Bransfield and priests of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston are gathered at St. Bernard Chapel in Snowshoe following their celebration of Mass June 5. The bishop and priests were gathered at Snowshoe from June 3-7 for the 2013 Priest Retreat, which is held every three years. The retreat included Masses and conferences as well as time for personal prayer and reflection and camaraderie.

By Colleen Rowan

Priests of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and Bishop Michael J. Bransfield gathered for their retreat at Snowshoe June 3-7.

The retreat is held every three years at the resort and is a chance for the priests to spend time together in prayer, fraternity and camaraderie. Eighty-six priests participated.

“Once every three years we plan an all priest retreat and emphasize its importance for the entire presbyterate,” said Msgr. Anthony Cincinnati, V.E. “The bishop always enjoys the opportunity of being with our priests. The atmosphere was prayerful, relaxing and the spirit of camaraderie was edifying for us all.”

The retreat master was Father Denis Robinson, OSB, president-rector of St. Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Ind. Msgr. Cincinnati said that Father Robinson did an excellent job examining the Priestly Ordination Rite and shared his insights into the history, significance and meaning of the various prayers and rituals contained within the ordination ceremony.

He said that his humor was appreciated by all, but his mastery of systematic theology studies was most impressive.