Aug 2020 Community Retreat on St. Joseph

The Colorado Springs OCDS Community had our annual silent retreat the weekend of August 21st at the Mt. St. Francis Retreat Center. We also had members from the Ft. Collins community in attendance. Here is the group that was able to make it to the retreat:

Aug 2020 Retreat Attendees

Fr Paul Wicker presided at the Masses. The current President of the community, David Bell, OCDS, presented the conferences on St. Joseph and Carmel.

The first conference was entitled “St Joseph’s Silent Kingship”. Silence is a big part of our life (particularly at a silent retreat). There was also an emphasis of the important role of St Joseph in the Holy Family and for the Church today. Since this talk was given on the feast of the Queenship of Mary, it was only fitting to talk of St. Joseph’s kingship. The talk can be heard here:

St. Joseph’s Silent Kingship

The second conference was entitled “St. Joseph and Our Promises” and looked out how we can turn to St. Joseph to help us live out our promises. The talk can be heard here:

St. Joseph and Our Promises

The third conference was a brief conference where consecration to St. Joseph was discussed and then a question and answer period was held. It can be heard here:

Consecration to St. Joseph and Question and Answers

The final conference was on “Taking St. Joseph into our Secular Vocation” and dealt with turning to St. Joseph to help us throughout the various areas of our life. It can be heard here:

Taking St. Joseph into our Secular Vocation

A big thank you goes to Pat Harrison, OCDS, for doing some editing on the audio files to clean them up.

Here is the handout that was provided at the retreat, which includes the Litany of St. Joseph, other prayers and quotes related to St. Joseph:

COVID-19 Update

For the health of the people in our state, the Governor has placed the state under a Stay At Home order; in addition, our Bishop has cancelled all Masses at least through Easter Sunday. This is a time for us to focus on our true charism: prayer. Please pray for the health of our Community, our city, our state, the country, and the world. We know how powerful prayer is!

Because of the social distancing requirement, we missed our March meeting. It remains to be seen whether we will be able to have our planned meeting in April. Keep up with the reading for your formation classes and if you have questions, I would encourage you to contact your formation teacher.

Whenever our next meeting is, we will conduct our triennial elections. I and the rest of the Council have been blessed by our service to you and I know whoever is chosen to follow us will also be blessed and be a blessing to the Community. Keep praying for our Community elections.

Yours in Christ,


The Bookmark of St Teresa of Jesus

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing dismay you,
All thing pass,
God never changes.
Patience attains all.
He who has God lacks nothing:
God alone suffices.

(Original Spanish)

Nada te turbe,
nada te espante;
todo se pasa,
Dios no se muda.
La pacientia todo lo alcanza.
Quien a Dios tiene nada la falta:
solo Dios basta.

Members Making Promises and Being Clothed

On Saturday, January 26, 2019. we had 2 members of our community make their definitive promises and 3 members make their temporary promises. In addition, we had 10 individuals receive their brown scapulars and become members of the community. Congratulations to all!

Members making their Promises to the Community
Members receiving their Brown Scapulars and being welcomed into the Community