October 14-18, 2019
with Fr. Michael Denk
This preached retreat will be an opportunity for priests in the Diocese of Orlando to spend time in prayer, reflection and fellowship.
**This retreat is open to all priests in the Diocese of Orlando**
Topic: Reconnect with God through the Examen Prayer
St. Ignatius said that if we were ever to drop any of our daily prayers because of business, tiredness, or any other reason, the Examen Prayer should be the last to go. It is that helpful! The Examen prayer assists us to remain connected to God throughout our day and perhaps even more urgently helps us realize when we have become disconnected with God and gives us a way to reconnect. This five-day retreat will consist of daily sessions illustrating the five steps of the Examen Prayer: Gratitude, Petition, Discernment, Forgiveness, and Resolution. With each step, priests will have the opportunity to review their life, priesthood, and their current relationship with God, their Father. Fr. Michael will illustrate each step with inspiring, funny, and entertaining stories from his own life. There will be opportunities for daily spiritual direction, guided meditations and journaling that will allow you to reflect on different points of your life, suggested scriptures for Holy Hours, as well as preparation for a “general confession” (Looking at your entire life and allowing God, The Father, to love you unconditionally). At the end of the retreat, you will be invited to make a personal resolution with God. You can remain always connected to God, and this retreat will help you!
Fr. Michael Denk is the Founder of The Prodigal Father whose mission is to inspire, introduce and guide people in a deep and authentic life of prayer, leading them to an intimate, mystical and personal relationship with God their Father, in and through Jesus Christ and the working of the Holy Spirit. He is an Aspirant of The Institute of Voluntas Dei, a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland, and Priest in Residence at Walsh University.
Author of the Book: Pray40Days: “The Personal Relationship With God You Have Always Wanted.” Creator of: Pray40Days Web-App and parish program.
Creator and author of the App: The Examen Prayer (available on iOS and Android and web).
Creator of the video series: Praying with the Mass
He is a prolific writer and has been published in numerous periodicals including The Priest, Our Sunday Visitor, Emmaus, Crisis, Catholic-Link, UCatholic, Homiletics and Pastoral Review, and Shalom Tidings. He has appeared on EWTN, Shalom Network, and Salt and Light Network. Learn more at TheProdigalFather.org
Fr. Michael was born, baptized, and raised at Holy Family in Parma, Ohio. He received a Bachelors of Communications with a Specialization in Video and Audio Production from Cleveland State University. He received a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts “With Honors” from St. Mary Seminary in Wickliffe, OH. Thesis: Christology in the Mystics: Coming to Know, Love, and Serve Christ through John the Evangelist, Teresa of Avila, and Ignatius of Loyola.
He was ordained on May 12, 2007 and served 11 years as a parochial vicar in parish ministry at:
St. Gabriel, Mentor, OH.
St. Joseph, Amherst, OH
St. Barnabas, Northfield, OH
**If paying by check please call our office to register over the phone: 407-671-6322.**
$585 Private Guest Room
Dates: October 14-18, 2019