CV NEWS FEED // Military servicemen from the US and abroad stationed in Europe recently had the opportunity to participate in a prayer retreat in Vallender, Germany, centered on growth in prayer and “the beauty of relationship with God.”
According to a recent press release, nearly three dozen men from various military installations throughout Germany and an airman from RAF Lakenheath in Great Britain participated in the retreat, which included access to confession, daily Mass, prayer, spiritual direction, and Eucharistic adoration.
Retired American soldier and US Defense Commissary Agency (DeCa) manager David P. Puzicha-Dunn organized the February 2-4 retreat for members of the Archdiocese for Military Services.
A separate event in Germany for 21 US Army chaplains stationed in Europe also took place in late January, “for a biennial training meet aimed at sharpening their pastoral skills as they embark on another two years serving those who serve.”
Archbishop Broglio remarked that “the setting at the foot of the Alps reminded all of us of the goodness of God.”
“Auxiliary Bishop William (Bill) Muhm, Episcopal Vicar for U.S. Military installations in Europe and Asia—himself a retired U.S. Navy chaplain—celebrated the liturgies, along with other priests including two active-duty chaplains,” the release stated.
Bishop Muhm said in the release:
Everyone’s time is valuable. I’m inspired that 35 men took a weekend away from family and work to grow in their faith lives. Some drove as many as eight hours to be there. We can be sure that the Lord will repay them a hundredfold in a more profound prayer life and relationship with Him.
The retreat was time well-spent by all men who attended. You cannot quantify the benefits of a retreat, but everyone noticed the Holy Spirit’s presence. The men will bring His gifts and fruits back to their families and workplaces.