Businessmen's Retreat - 2000
September 22-24, 2000
Sponsored by Manhattan College

Conducted at the Passionist Spiritual Center
5801 Palisade Avenue, Riverdale, NY, 10471, Phone 718-549-6500

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Theme: "Balance in Your Life"

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding:
in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."
Proverbs 3: 5&6

Given the competing interests in our lives, how do we attain appropriate and proper balance between the several significant and necessarily meaningful responsibilities we have as Christians at home with our families, at work, and in our community?

Jesus promised his disciples guidance in the everyday matters of their lives.  His guidance has three key aspects:

  1. To put our relationship with Christ and his Kingdom first in our lives.  Matt. 6:33.

  2. To recognize we need God's guidance to actively practice our faith by following Jesus in our daily lives.  Matt. 4:19.

  3. To prayerfully rely in a practical manner on the presence and guidance of Christ's Holy Spirit to daily help us, teach us, and help us remember all the things God has blessed us with in the past and to be thankful and grateful on a daily basis for his presence in out lives.  John 14:26.

  1. Friday Evening
    1.   6:30pm     Dinner
    2.   7:45pm     Opening Session: Welcome and Introductions (Chapel)
    3.   8:15pm     Conference: "Challenge of Finding Balance In Our Marriage"
                             Speaker - Fr. Jack McDermott (click for details) (Conference Room)
    4.   9:15pm     Discussion Groups
    5. 10:30pm     Evening Prayer (Chapel)


  2. Saturday Morning
    1.   7:45am     Breakfast
    2.   9:00am     Morning Prayer (Chapel)
    3.   9:45am     Conference: "Finding the Right Balance Between our Commitment
                           to Our Work and Family Life"     Speaker - Rev. Ron Minor.
    4. 10:45am     Discussion Groups


  3. Saturday Afternoon
    1. 12:00pm     Lunch
    2. 12:45pm     Group Picture
    3.   1:30pm     Bible Study: "A Biblical Perspective on God's Promise to Provide
                           Guidance to Us in Our Daily Lives"     Speaker - Dave Krueger.
    4.   2:00pm     Discussion Groups
    5.   3:00pm     Penance Service and Confession (Chapel)
    6.   4:00pm     Quiet Time: personal reflection, reading, walking ...
    7.   5:00pm     Liturgy (Chapel)


  4. Saturday Evening
    1.   6:00pm     Dinner
    2.   7:30pm     Conference: "Life without Balance  ...   Balance Through Sacred
                             Scripture"     Speaker - John Toman.
    3.   8:30pm     Discussion Groups
    4. 10:00pm     Evening Prayer (Chapel)


  5. Sunday Morning
    1.   7:45am     Breakfast
    2.   9:00am     Morning Prayer (Chapel)
    3.   9:30am     Group Discussion: Feedback on the Weekend (Conference Room)
    4. 10:15am     Conference: "Finding Balance at Critical Junctures in Our Lives"
                             Speaker - Fr. Paul Fagan, C.P.
    5. 11:15am     Liturgy

Lay Retreat Leadership: Kevin Dolan, Ed McEneney, Joe Gunn, Ed Riely, Segundo Fernandez, Bill O'Brien, Don Bane, Thomas McKeon, Phil Colon, Owen McKeon, Ed Schmitt, Bill Garifal, Gene Quigley, Sr., Ken Berlinghieri.

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