Bishop John Barres of Allentown visited the seminary this past weekend to serve as the retreat-master for the annual Lenten Day of Renewal. Bishop Barres, originally from Delaware, was installed as the fourth bishop of Allentown, PA in 2009 after garnering a slue of impressive academic accolades. He opened the Day of Renewal with a conference after Vespers on Friday night. Another conference was held on Saturday morning followed by Mass celebrated by Bishop Barres. Finally, the Day of Renewal was concluded with an afternoon conference. During all of the conferences, Bishop Barres stressed the importance of holiness in the priestly life, especially in developing a daily plan of life. He particularly focused on the necessity to develop knowledge of the scriptures and to place the practice of Lectio Divina in a prime location in the spiritual life of seminarians and priests. The annual Day of Renewal offers the seminarians an opportunity to step back from the regular seminary schedule to set aside a little extra time for prayer and spiritual advancement prior to Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum.