Silent Retreat


Silent Retreat
Fri, September 8, 2017, 17:00 h - Sun, September 10, 2017
St. Therese's Retreat Center - Columbus, OH


To Have a Relationship with the Holy Spirit

Retreat Director: Father Dave Pivonka, TOR  

The Gospels are filled with stories about people like you, people who discovered, often to their astonishment, new and unsuspected directions for their lives when they opened themselves to Christ’s friendship. Openness to God’s love, to see clearly how our past and future fit his plan for our happiness forms the meaning and measure of a well-made retreat.

Most people don’t have a clear-cut set of reasons for making a retreat, for opening themselves to God’s friendship. Nathaniel, for example, found himself nagged by his friends to come and meet this Jesus of Nazareth; he came, apparently, to scoff in amusement. Matthew was startled to be called in the midst of his moneymaking affairs. The young apostles, swept away by their love for him, went to the ends of the earth to spread the Good News of that boundless happiness.

At the very outset of this retreat, then, you too may have your motives unclear and unsettled. No Matter. It is God’s motives that count. He is determined to embrace your mind and will. He has brought you to this retreat so that you, like these others, can rise to a new level of happiness in his loving friendship. Your union with Jesus on this retreat is meant to be a step in your journey with him, your friend.

All men of the Columbus Diocese are encouraged to attend this retreat weekend. A contribution of $150.00 covers the cost of the retreat. However, the Retreat League takes up the offering in unmarked envelopes, and we depend on the generosity of those men who can take up the slack for those who may not at this time be able to afford the suggested donation. Make your reservation now and consider bringing a friend! Contact Charles Kielkopf 614-268-0175, Eric Lutz 614-949-5905 or James Allan 614-403-7831.

About Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR

Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, has been saved by the Love of God revealed to us by Jesus. His entire ministry is proclaiming this reality.  Fr. Dave is as an evangelist who speaks at conferences, retreats and parish missions around the U.S. and world. For twenty years Fr. Dave has also been leading pilgrimages around the world to some of the holiest and most important sites in our Christian faith.  He spends much of his time helping others come to know God's love for them through his preaching, writings, CDs, and other spiritual outreaches.  

Fr. Dave has written several books:  Spiritual Freedom – God’s Life Changing Gift, Hiking the Camino - 500 Miles with Jesus, Encounter Jesus – From Discovery to Discipleship and most recently, Breath of God.  

Fr. Dave is also responsible for The Wild Goose – a 14 part video series which explores what it is to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit. 

Currently, Fr. Dave is the Director of Franciscan Pathways which is an evangelistic outreach of his Franciscan Community.


St. Therese's Retreat Center
St. Therese's Retreat Center
5277 East Broad Street
United States