After a three week Christmas break, the seminarians returned well rested in time for the annual mid-year silent retreat held January 9-13 at the seminary. The Most Reverend William E. Lori, bishop of Bridgeport, a 1977 graduate of Mount St. Mary’s, returned to his mountain home to be the retreat master.

Bishop Lori held two conferences each day on the topic of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary which were introduced by Pope John Paul II ten years ago in 2002. Aside from the liturgies and the conferences, strict silence was maintained throughout the week to allow the seminarians to enter into the desert with the Lord. At the conclusion of the retreat, the community welcomed two new seminarians from the Dioceses of Wichita and St. Augustine