This past weekend, the Mount once again began the academic school year by entering into a three day retreat involving the devotion of 40 Hours of Eucharistic Adoration. Fr. Thomas Acklin, O.S.B., a monk of St. Vincent’s Archabbey (Latrobe, PA), was the retreat master and provided a number of invaluable insights from his many years as a seminary instructor and rector. The retreat began on Friday afternoon with the communal celebration of Vespers after which the Blessed Sacrament was exposed for the remainder of the retreat. A handful of conferences were held each day, while the rest of the weekend was spent in silence with God, allowing the seminarians to truly enter into a deep communication with the Eucharistic Lord before beginning the hectic trials of daily life in the seminary. The retreat concluded with Mass at 11 AM Sunday morning in Immaculate Conception Chapel, at the end of which the entire community participated in a solemn Eucharistic procession to St. Bernard’s Chapel in the seminary building. Once arriving in St. Bernard’s, Fr. Acklin led the community in Eucharistic Benediction and a recitation of the Litany of the Holy Eucharist before reposing the Blessed Sacrament and concluding the retreat.
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