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Family Rosary Lenten Retreat Held in Massachusetts, USA


To enrich their Lenten journey, families gathered at Bishop Stang High School, in North Dartmouth, Mass., on Sunday, March 10, for uplifting keynote talks, Rosary prayer, and Adoration. Supporting the Church’s Year of Faith, the theme for the day was, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.”

The event had tracks for both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking families in the New England area. The keynote speaker for the English-language track was David Calvillo a nationally-known author and the founder of Real Men Pray the Rosary. David shared his personal struggles as a father bringing his family to prayer. David is frequently heard on Catholic Radio and will have a new book published this spring by Ave Maria Press.

The keynote for the Spanish-language track was Dr. José Fermín, a professor of biology and science for the City of Providence Department of Education and has been a coordinator for Latin-American family Retreats at La Salette Retreat Center for the past six years. Dr Fermín is also a trained professional in the field of drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Dr Fermín shared his down-to-earth and practical insights on how families can share gifts and weaknesses, sorrows and successes through study, prayer and service.

During the keynote talks, children had the opportunity to participate in the Try Prayer! It Works! Contest, an artwork, poetry and essay contest.

The Rosary was prayed with the video, Luminous Mysteries, a meditative multimedia program developed for World Youth Day, with reflections and prayers led by adult and children volunteers.

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