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SILENT Men’s Retreat: The Gospel is Explosive! (Br. August Schaefer, Deacon Duane, Teresa Monaghen, Father Thomas Leitner, OSB.)

A saint is a person who feels drawn to God with ever greater intensity. We are all saints in the making, and our witness of faith, rooted in our baptism, must inspire others. The true Gospel is a volatile gift, making our mediocrity explode into bits of rubble! Br. August Schaefer, OSB, Deacon Duane Karmazin, Fr. Thomas Leitner, OSB, Teresa Monaghen, AO, and a team of consecrated and lay men will direct this retreat for men. The schedule includes brief conferences, silence, Mass, Confession, fellowship, and spiritual direction. Open to all ages. Scholarships are available. Friday, 7:30 p.m. to Sunday, after Lunch

$205.77 Single
$188.40 Double
(Includes Program Fee, Guest Room, Meals and Taxes)

**If you are exempt from Nebraska state taxes, would like to arrive earlier or depart later, or require special meal arrangements, please contact us. Cancellation Policy: The total cost includes a program fee, which is non-refundable, but which can be used for future retreats.

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Br. August Schaefer is a monk of Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey near Elkhorn, NE. He teaches at Mount Michael Benedictine high school and is the vocation director of his monastery.




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Deacon Duane is a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Omaha. He lives in Omaha with his wife Eileen and serves at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. 

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Teresa Monaghen is a local, national and international counselor on the boards of the Apostolic Oblates and the moderator of her community in Omaha. She holds an STB in Theology from Rome, Italy, and a MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha. She has forty years of experience giving retreats and spiritual direction to people of all ages and backgrounds.


Father Thomas Leitner, OSB, holds a Master’s of Religious Studies from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, and serves as administrator of St. Benedict Center. He is also a retreat leader and spiritual director. He has practiced contemplative prayer for over 35 years.