The retreat came towards the end of the month-long Ndei Liwa programme in Bo, Sierra Leone. The themes for the retreat, presented each morning, emerged from the spirituality workshop led by Br Senan D’Souza earlier in the programme … Silence and Contemplative Brotherhood, My Spiritual Practices & Stage of Faith and the Compassion & Love of God.
The community of participants agreed their own protocols to create an atmosphere of contemplation and keep silence throughout the three days retreat at the Formation Centre, Bo. There was prayer together each morning and evening, along with the opportunity to meet a spiritual director and TST mentor. Otherwise the Brothers chose themselves how to use the time to journey deeper into the God present within.
Though some participants admitted that at the start it had been hard to be silent all day, everyone agreed by the end that the space created was very valuable in terms of self-reflection and the chance to pray. The facilitators were most impressed by the prayerful atmosphere and quiet space which the group created.