October 1-31, 2017 EVENTS


October 1 – Secular Franciscans: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.


October 1 – Centering Prayer: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.


October 2 – C.D.A., St. Patrick Church, Cedar Falls: 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.


October 3 – Nazareth Lutheran Church: 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m.


October 6 – Columbus Sophomore Renewal: Team arrives 7:00 a.m. and students arrive 7:30 p.m. Departure 1:45 p.m.


October 6-8 – C.D.A./Women’s Retreat: Arrival 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Retreat begins 8:00 p.m. Friday. Departure after lunch on Sunday.


Theme: “Live Successfully with Faith, Hope and Charity.”

With these three virtues active in our life we will find that our life will be filled with a success that supersedes all that we might find in worldly goals and ambitions.


Director: Fr. Dan Knipper

Fr. Knipper was ordained in the Archdiocese of Dubuque by Archbishop James J. Byrne in June of 1967. Since then he has served the Archdiocese in a variety of ways including parishes, high schools and grade schools in St. Raphael Cathedral, Bellevue, Gilbertville, Holy Cross, North Buena Vista, Cresco, Plymouth Rock, director of American Martyrs Retreat House, University of Northern Iowa, Dike, Waterloo, Lansing, New Albin, Harpers Ferry, Cherry Mound & Wexford all within the Archdiocese of Dubuque.


He has also been very active in liturgy and especially liturgical music on a diocesan and national level. At present he is retired in Decorah and continues to carry on his priestly ministry through parish coverage in the North East Iowa area.


October 7-13 – United Methodist Church “Five-Day Academy”: Team arrives 1:00 p.m. Saturday and participants arrive 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Departure after lunch on Friday.


October 14-15 – St. Stephen Antioch Retreat: Arrive 8:00 a.m. Saturday. Departure 5:00 p.m. Sunday.


October 15 – Centering Prayer: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.


October 17 – Birthright Annual Dinner & Program: Social 5:30 p.m. – Dinner 6:00 p.m. – Program 7:00-8:00 p.m.


October 19-22 – Xavier Kairos: Team arrives 12:30 p.m. and students arrive 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Departure after lunch Sunday.


October 21 – Archdiocesan Stewardship Committee: 9:30 a.m. – depart after lunch.


October 22-26 – Preached Priest Retreat: Arrival 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday. Retreat begins 8:00 p.m. Departure after lunch on Thursday.


Director: Fr. Eugene Hensel, OSB

Father Eugene Hensell is a Benedictine monk from the Archabbey of Saint Meinrad. He was born in Logansport, Indiana in 1942 and did his undergraduate and seminary education at St. Meinrad being ordained a priest in 1969. Subsequent to ordination Father Eugene pursued and obtained an M.A. degree (1971) and a Ph.D. degree (1975) in Biblical Languages and Literature from St. Louis University. While in St. Louis and in addition to graduate studies, Father Eugene was engaged in parish work, campus ministry, and college teaching.


Returning to Saint Meinrad in 1978, Father Eugene continued his teaching of scripture at both St. Meinrad College and St. Meinrad School of Theology. Since 1997 Father Eugene has been engaged in full time retreat work, conducting biblical retreats and workshops for priests, religious, and laity throughout the country and in several foreign countries.

Father Eugene is an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association, The Society of Biblical Literature, and The American Academy of Religion.~ He is the past president of The American Benedictine Academy. For the past thirty years Father Eugene has been a contributing writer for Weekday and Sunday Homily Helps, a service published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. He also contributes biblical reflections to Give Us This Day, published by Liturgical Press. He regularly contributes book reviews to The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, The Review of Biblical Literature, Cistercian Studies and other scholarly journals. He also is an associate editor for The American Benedictine Review.


The retreat is entitled “As The Master Goes so Goes The Disciple: A Retreat Based on the Gospel of Mark. The gospel of Mark is unique for a number of reasons. It is the earliest written gospel we possess. It also presents a very challenging portrait of Jesus, one that readers often prefer to modify by synthesizing it with the other gospels. The basic emphasis of this retreat will be that the gospel of Mark, and the Jesus presented in that gospel, provide some very challenging and inspirational insights into current Christian life and ministry as it is lived out in the church today. The presentations highlight some of those insights.


October 23 – Priest Support Group: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


October 23 – Catholic Foundation Board: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


October 27 – Waterloo Faith Formation Team: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.


October 27 – 29 – Worldwide Marriage Encounter: Team arrives 3:00 p.m. and couples arrive 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday. Departure 5:00 p.m. Sunday.


October 30 – Priest Support Group: 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



Please join us for Eucharistic Adoration the second Tuesday of each month from

6:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m. at American Martyrs Retreat House, 2209 North Union Road, Cedar Falls. All are welcome.