Retreat Theme Description

Many truths of our faith have come from the early centuries of Christianity.  Our understanding of humanity and of the universe is radically different now, so we need to find new ways, new language, and new images to make sense of the Gospel message in the modern world.  Our aim will be to help us have a closer relationship with the Creative Spirit, whom we call God, as someone who is not distant from us in the “Heavens,” but is with us, within us, and all around us in every aspect of creation. For those interested in LGBT issues and those concerned about church reform, the retreat will provide a sound theological and spiritual base to ground their work, even when the road ahead is stormy.

Dates and Location

November 9-11, 2018 | Reading, PA

Retreat Leader

Fr. Tony Flannery, CSsR

Fr. Tony Flannery, CSsR, a native of Galway, in the west of Ireland, is an Irish Redemptorist priest, who has spent most of his life preaching renewal events, parish missions, novenas, and retreats. He has published nine books, and written extensively in magazines and newspapers, both religious and secular. Because of some of his writings, particularly on issues around priesthood, discrimination against women in the Church, and other moral teachings, he was subjected to Vatican criticism in 2012. His book, A Question of Conscience, is an account of his dealings with the Vatican. Fr. Flannery continues his renewal ministry, is a founding member of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland, and is a prominent leader in church reform movements, both in Ireland and internationally.

Retreat Details

Registration Fee: $265

Registration fee includes materials; overnight accommodations on Friday and Saturday; dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday.


Call 301-277-5674, email or write New Ways Ministry, 4012 29th Street, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

Retreat Schedule

Friday, November 9, 2018

4:30 pm     Arrival and check-in to room

5:15 pm     Supper

6:15 pm     Registration for retreat

7:00 pm     Presentation: “What can we say about God today?” with Q&A

8:30 pm     Evening Prayer

9:00 pm     Social

Saturday, November 10, 2018

7:30 am     Breakfast

9:00 am     Morning Prayer

9:30 am     Presentation: “Myth & History in the Christian Story” with Q&A

10:30 am   Break

11:00 am   Small group discussion

11:30 am   Large group discussion

12:00 pm   Break

12:15 pm   Lunch

2:30 pm     Presentation: “Catholic teaching on LGBT Relationships: What

needs to change?” with Q&A

3:30 pm     Small group discussion

4:00 pm     Large group discussion

4:30 pm     Break

5:15 pm     Dinner

6:30 pm     Evening Prayer

7:00 pm     Film

9:00 pm     Social

Sunday, November 11, 2018

7:30 am      Breakfast

9:00 am      Presentation: “Working for Church Reform: Where are we?”

10:00 am    Evaluation

10:30 am    Break

11:00 am    Eucharist

12:15 pm    Lunch

1:00 pm      Departure