The Beginning of the Year retreat started on Thursday and ended today, Sunday afternoon. There were about 300 brothers and sisters there. And this retreat was only for the Responsibles, Co-Responsibles, Catechists, and Ministers of the Word. As I said, there is good news!!! :-)
There are three new Redemptoris Mater Seminaries being opened up. One of them is in the United States; therefore, that would make a total of 9 Redemptoris Mater Seminaries in the U.S. The other two are in Estonia and in France near Spain.
The other good news is that 100 priests in the United States wants the Neocatechumenal Way in their parish and 300 more have expressed an interest in the Way. The two by two evangelization in July brought much fruit. Many of the priests were very impressed with the family and youths going out to evangelize that 100 priests have approached the Head Catechist of the U.S. and would like to start the NCW in their parish. Many priests in the U.S. complained that some of the churches are closing due to the low number of people attending the Church. In many of the churches, one would see older people and rarely any youth? One U.S. priest even complained that he is being overrun by Muslims. In the NCW, they saw not only old people, but many young people including the teenage youth. And the youth along with the families have a zeal to spread the Gospels. This impressed many priests and bishops in the United States. There were 60 families from Guam who participated in the World Family Day in Philadelphia. Therefore, the Way and the RM seminaries are increasing.
Finally, the retreat with the Jewish people turned out to be a success that the Jewish Rabbis asked to have a retreat with the Catholics every year. So, there will be a retreat for Rabbis after the retreat of Bishops every year. This marks a historical event in the history of the Catholic Church. The Chosen People of God together with His Church.
The retreat ended with the Eucharist and the calling. There were many girls who stood up to either join the convent or become itinerants. There were also some young boys who stood up to become priests and itinerants.