On Ash Wednesday, the faithful are called to “the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial.” A holy Lent does not happen by accident. We should prepare to prepare.
From Monday through noon on Thursday, the bishops of Province III will be on campus to do just that as they gather for their Pre-Lenten Retreat. Province III is comprised of the dioceses in the Virginia, Maryland, DC, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. As you might imagine, many of our seminarians come from these dioceses. So, some of you may see your bishop.
During their time here, the bishops will receive three reflections based on Walter Brueggemann’s Spirituality of the Psalms. In this work, Brueggemann offers a three-fold scheme of considering the psalms: orientation, disorientation, new orientation. The bishops will ponder how this movement provides a lens of prayer and reflection for considering the pastoral and prophetic work of the church in our time.
Please know that the bishops, while on retreat, are not cloistered but simply in a time of reflection and collegial conversation within our community. Please take the time to welcome them to our community.