Renewing and Strengthening the Resolve, A Retreat for Bishops, March 6-10, 2017

Fr. Roger J. Landry
Retreat for Bishops, “Renewing and Strengthening the Resolve”
Shellbourne Conference Center
Valparaiso, Indiana
March 6-10, 2017


There were eleven, roughly half-hour, conferences given in this retreat. Nine of them were on the resolutions a bishop-elect makes at his episcopal ordination, in the hope that on a retreat those resolutions could be renewed and strengthened. An introductory conference was given with some thoughts on making a good retreat. And a concluding conference was given on Our Lady, focusing on the Centenary of her apparitions in Fatima, and what we can learn from consecration to her Immaculate Heart about renewing and strengthening the resolutions a bishop makes.

The audios of the conferences are below as well as the unedited notes I used to give the conferences, which contain many of the footnotes for the citations in the conferences.


 

To listen to the first Conference dedicated to “Coming Apart with Jesus to a Deserted Place and Resting,” please click below: 

 

To read the unedited notes of the first Conference dedicated to “Coming Apart with Jesus to a Deserted Place and Resting,” please click below: 

Introduction, Coming Apart with Jesus to a Deserted Place and Resting

 

To listen to the second Conference dedicated to the question, “Do you resolve by the grace of the Holy Spirit to discharge until death the office entrusted to us by the Apostles, which we are about to pass on to you by the laying on of hands?,” please click below: 

 

To read the unedited notes of the second Conference dedicated to the question, “Do you resolve by the grace of the Holy Spirit to discharge until death the office entrusted to us by the Apostles, which we are about to pass on to you by the laying on of hands?,” please click below: 

Discharge Until Death

 

To listen to the third Conference dedicated to the question, “Do you resolve to preach the Gospel of Christ with constancy and fidelity?,” please click below: 

 

To read the unedited notes of the third Conference dedicated to the question, “Do you resolve to preach the Gospel of Christ with constancy and fidelity?,” please click below: 

Preach the Gospel

 

To listen to the fourth Conference dedicated to the question, “Do you resolve to guard the deposit of faith, entire and incorrupt, as handed down by the Apostles and preserved in the Church everywhere and at all times?,” please click below: 

 

To read the unedited notes of the fourth Conference dedicated to the question, “Do you resolve to guard the deposit of faith, entire and incorrupt, as handed down by the Apostles and preserved in the Church everywhere and at all times?,” please click below: 

Guard the Deposit of Faith

 

To listen to the fifth Conference dedicated to the question, “Do you resolve, for the sake of the Lord’s name, to be welcoming and merciful to the poor, strangers, and to all who are in need?,” please click below: 

 

To read the unedited notes of the fifth Conference dedicated to the question, “Do you resolve, for the sake of the Lord’s name, to be welcoming and merciful to the poor, strangers, and to all who are in need?,” please click below: 

Welcoming and Merciful to the Poor

 

To listen to the sixth Conference dedicated to the question, “Do you resolve to render obedience faithfully to the successor of the blessed Apostle Peter?,” please click below: 

 

To read the unedited notes of the sixth Conference dedicated to the question, “Do you resolve to render obedience faithfully to the successor of the blessed Apostle Peter?,” please click below: 

Render Obedience Faithfully

 

To listen to the seventh Conference dedicated to the question, “Do you resolve to build up the Body of Christ, his Church, and to remain in the unity of that Body together with the order of Bishops under the authority of the successor of Saint Peter the Apostle?,” please click below: 

 

To read the unedited notes of the seventh Conference dedicated to the question, “Do you resolve to build up the Body of Christ, his Church, and to remain in the unity of that Body together with the order of Bishops under the authority of the successor of Saint Peter the Apostle?,” please click below: 

Build the Body of Christ in Unity under Peter

 

To listen to the eighth Conference dedicated to the question, “Do you resolve to guide the holy people of God in the way of salvation as devoted fathers and sustain them with the help of your fellow ministers, the Priests and Deacons?,” please click below: 

 

To read the unedited notes of eighth Conference dedicated to the question, “Do you resolve to guide the holy people of God in the way of salvation as devoted fathers and sustain them with the help of your fellow ministers, the Priests and Deacons?,” please click below: 

Guide People on Way of Salvation with Priests and Deacons

 

To listen to the ninth Conference dedicated to the question, “Do you resolve as a good shepherd to seek out the sheep who stray and gather them into the Lord’s fold?,” please click below: 

 

To read the unedited notes of the ninth Conference dedicated to the question, “Do you resolve as a good shepherd to seek out the sheep who stray and gather them into the Lord’s fold?,” please click below: 

Good Shepherd Seeking Out Strays

 

To listen to the tenth Conference dedicated to the question, “Do your resolve to pray without ceasing to almighty God for the holy people and to carry out the office of High Priest without reproach?,” please click below: 

 

To read the unedited notes of the tenth Conference dedicated to the question, “Do your resolve to pray without ceasing to almighty God for the holy people and to carry out the office of High Priest without reproach?,” please click below:

Pray without Ceasing and Live without Reproach

 

To listen to the eleventh and final Conference dedicated to the theme of, “Renewing and Strengthening our Resolutions through our Consecration to Our Lady,” please click below: 

 

To read the unedited notes of he eleventh and final Conference dedicated to the theme of, “Renewing and Strengthening our Resolutions through our Consecration to Our Lady,” please click below: 

Conclusion, Mother of Christ, Mother of Bishops

 

To read the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Bishops, Christus Dominus, which was incorporated into the meditations, please click here

To read St. John Paul’s 2003 Apostolic Exhortation Pastores Gregis on the Bishop Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ Hope of the World, which was quoted extensively throughout the meditations, please click here

To read the Congregation for Bishops’ 2004 Directory for the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops, Apostolorum Successores, which was quoted extensively throughout the meditations, please click here

To order a copy of Msgr. John Cihak’s recent publication of selected sermons of St. Charles Borromeo, which were extensively quoted during the meditations, please click here