[2019/CR/24] Advent Retreat by Fr Roberto Buenconsejo, SJ

Retreat is available for registration.

From 13 December 2019 6:00 pm until 16 December 2019 3:00 pm

Advent Retreat
Before we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of what has become Christmas-shopping and endless parties, we deliberately enter into this sacred space to quiet down and pray over the meaning of the great seasons of Advent and Christmas. We first contemplate two different movements: our inner void and deepest hunger for love, which is met by God’s great longing to embrace and heal us. We will allow the liturgical readings of Advent to illumine our understanding and appreciation of these human and divine movements. We will contemplate the dramatic witnessing of John the Baptist and the powerful contemplative silence of Mary, also the meaning of Incarnation and our participation in the triune God’s divine life. Finally, we turn our attention to how the wondrous light of Christmas beasr on our personal desires for holiness, family life and discerned ministry.

Fr Roberto Buenconsejo, SJ spent his college years at a Jesuit university in Manila, involved in the Ateneo Student Catholic Action and the Jesuit Volunteers Program. He also did pastoral work in the Basic Ecclesial Community Office and teaching Philosophy at Ateneo de Naga University. A year later he entered the Jesuit novitiate.

He completed his M.A. in Theology at Ateneo de Manila, and M.A. in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Chicago. He has served as Director of Loyola Schools Campus Ministry Office at Ateneo de Manila, while teaching Theology in the College.  He continues to do formation work as Director of Spiritual and Psychological Formation at San Jose Seminary. He worked at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality (C.I.S.) as Associate Director and Director of Formation, where he lectured on Spiritual Direction and the psychological dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises. He teaches Spirituality part-time at Loyola School of Theology. He is also the National Ecclesiastical Assistant of the Christian Life Community of the Philippines.