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OLOL parish retreat focuses on New Testament word study

The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes recently concluded a parish retreat that brought parishioners on a spiritual journey to delve into the New Testament Word study and a deeper understanding of their faith. The retreat, held from October 23 to October 27, was led by renowned Australian priest, Fr Geoffrey Plant.

Fr Geoffrey who has dedicated half a century to the priesthood, was ordained in 1972 and is known for his extensive ministry in the education sector, particularly at secondary and tertiary levels. However, his true passion lies in parish work and spiritual guidance.

He has a significant online presence through his YouTube channel, boasting thousands of subscribers. Every week, he shares his homilies for the upcoming Sunday, accompanied by captivating visuals and thought-provoking quotes.

The central theme of the retreat revolved around “New Testament Word Study” and “A Spiritual Pastoral Journey.” Fr Geoffrey took the participants on an enlightening exploration of the origins of New Testament words rooted in the Greek language. Parishioners were immersed in Greek alphabets and phonetics, gaining a deeper understanding of the subtle distinctions between phrases such as “This is the Word of the Lord” and “The Word of the Lord.”

Each day of the retreat focused on different aspects of the New Testament, with Fr Geoffrey sharing insights on the Synod and the role of the Church in collective spiritual journeys. He emphasised the importance of mutual listening and delved into the significance of the Nicene Creed as a way of seeing and being part of the spiritual journey.

Participants described the experience as magnificent, as they connected with the divine on a profound level during this spiritual pastoral journey. The retreat provided them with a better understanding of their relationship with God, offering a precious opportunity to step away from their busy lives, reflect, meditate, and reconnect with their inner selves. The participants were left with a renewed sense of faith and spiritual growth.

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