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Retreat Guide on St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

November 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides

Dear Friend in Christ,

Why does the Church canonize saints? It doesn’t help them; after all, they are already in heaven. It’s meant to help us!

The saints' amazing spiritual maturity reminds us of where we are going, and the stories of their spiritual journeys remind us that God's grace truly can get us there. The saints inspire us. They intercede for us. They accompany us.


In the decades following the Revolutionary War, Mother Seton grew up in New York's high society as a member of the Episcopalian Church. She was a wife, a mother, a widow, a convert, a teacher, and a foundress.

This Retreat Guide will draw some practical lessons from a few pivotal scenes of her life – four scenes so real and ordinary that they will resonate with every single one of us: Under the Chestnut Tree; Sitting in the Side Pew; Making Ends Meet; Under the Oak Tree.

As always, this Retreat Guide can be watched, listened to, or read – whichever helps you pray better. Check it out now at our website www.RCSpirituality.org (scroll down the page to find this retreat).

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Sincerely in Christ, Fr. John Bartunek, LC

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About Fr. John Bartunek, LC

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After college, he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s "The Passion of the Christ" while researching the 2005 Catholic best seller, "Inside the Passion"--the only authorized, behind-the-scene explanation of the film. Fr. John has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on NBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC. He also served as the English-language press liaison for the Vatican’s 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. His most widely known book is called: "The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer". His most recent books are "Spring Meditations", "Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength", and "Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions". Fr. John currently splits his time between Michigan (where he continues his writing apostolate and serves as a confessor and spiritual director at the Queen of the Family Retreat Center) and Rome, where he teaches theology at Regina Apostolorum. His online, do-it-yourself retreats are available at RCSpirituality.org, and he answers questions about the spiritual life at SpiritualDirection.com.

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