Br. Victor and Br. Alex helped the Oakland Seminarians with small group discussions, activities, and games. Many of the activities involved the participation of all the retreat-ants seminarians, and Capuchins, as they fostered ideas such as teamwork and trust.
Every day included Mass, morning prayer, and evening prayer, in order to give the young men a feel of the prayer-life of a priest. Talks were given by numerous priests, and Br. Victor and Br. Alex gave a talk on the Evangelical Counsels, Religious life in general, and the Capuchin Order. There was also time for personal prayer and reflection, as the Blessed Sacrament was exposed for an hour of adoration.
For all the worrying Catholics out there, there is no need to worry. God is continuing to call men to the priesthood. We are thankful and grateful to these young men who were courageous enough to answer the Lord's call.
A special thanks to Fr. Neal Clemens for having the Capuchins help out, as well as a special thanks to the Knights of Columbus for providing meals and support for the retreat.