Members of the clergy in the Archdiocese of Manila will be holding their annual spiritual retreat online this month.
“As new situations call for new responses, this time I invite all of you to make our spiritual retreat together online,” read the pastoral instruction issued by Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the archdiocese.
The retreat will start of May 25 and will last until the evening of May.
“It will be done in your homes,” wrote Bishop Pabillo, adding that it would be difficult to set another time for the annual activity.
The bishop said the retreat will be “a good preparation” for “our re-entry into the new, and hopefully better, normal that awaits us after this quarantine.”
Bishop Pabillo said the new coronavirus disease “will still be around and we do not yet know when this pandemic will end, but this will not stop us from serving our people.”
He said that being online, the retreat will be open to all priests in the archdiocese including guest priests, religious men and women, and lay collaborators.
“This can help unite all who are involved in the archdiocese, being one in prayer and listening to the same,” said the bishop.
“Let each priest invite those he closely works with to join in this retreat,” he added.
The structure of the retreat will include two reflection talks every day, one in the morning at 10 a.m. and one in the afternoon at 3 p.m.
During the day, participants will set aside at least one hour of solid prayer, preferably in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
Bishop Pabillo encouraged those who will join the retreat to read the Bible, pray the rosary, and go to confession.