The quote above is just one of our key takeaways from Monsignor James Anderson, Pastor at Queen of Peace in La Marque, Texas. Christian New Creation (CNC) was invited to attend the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Office of Correctional Ministries’ Days of Renewal 2022 conference that took place at the Holy Name Retreat Center earlier this month.
“A New Beginning of Mercy” was the theme of the retreat, facilitated by Monsignor Anderson. Over the course of the three-day retreat, Monsignor highlighted the interplay between God’s mercy, love and justice and man’s understanding of the relationship between love, mercy, and justice.
Deacon Alvin Lovelady, Director of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s Office of Correctional Ministries, welcomed representatives from ministries serving the incarcerated and those who have been victimized by crime and violence.
Most Reverend Italo Dell’Oro, Auxiliary Bishop of Galveston-Houston, was the principal celebrant of the Mass on the first full day of the retreat. John Sage, founder of Bridges to Life, served as Lector.
Later that afternoon, CNC’s Kevin Ferguson led the group in praying the Rosary and Frank Maher, a longtime supporter and board member of CNC, led the group in the Stations of the Cross. After supper, Ferguson led the small group discussion that was followed by evening prayer.
As on the previous day, the final day of the retreat started with Adoration. Mass was celebrated by Father Paul Hoang, who ministers in prisons across the State of Texas. After saying the Rosary and having lunch, participants departed, blessed and refreshed for the ministry.