The annual 2017 Western Pennsylvania Retreat was held at St. Vincent College and Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania November 1-5.


The topic was “Be Perfect as Your Heavenly Father Is Perfect (Matthew 5:48): the Importance of Silence in Our Journey to Union With God”. The retreat was led by Rev. John-Mary Tompkins, OSB, the vice rector of St. Vincent Seminary since 2010. 


St. Vincent College and Archabbey is located on a beautiful wooded campus 35 miles east of Pittsburgh. The retreat was in the Benedictine tradition, complete with Morning Prayer and Vespers with the monks, Mass each day, Confession, five conferences with Father John-Mary, and plenty of time for quiet prayer and contemplation.