Chaplains Retreat 2022

The Annual Catholic Chaplains Retreat held at the Marist Hermitage, Mittagong  30 October – 04 November this year was of special significance. It was the first physical gathering of our full time Chaplains in three years due to COVID disruptions in recent times.
Some 22 Chaplains gathered representing Catholic Chaplaincy across the three services. Archbishop Prowse, the Apostolic Administrator of the Military Diocese at present, appointed since the retirement of Bishop Max Davis in May 2021, was present at the retreat for the week.
The retreat week enabled newly recruited Chaplains to meet longer term Chaplains for the first time in many instances. The physical gathering in itself was a significant boost to renewed fraternity, the building of unity and identity as Military Chaplains.
The retreat director was a Benedictine Nun, Mother Hilda Scott, Abbess of the Benedictine Community at Jamberoo NSW. Her down to earth, humorous and shared human experiences of God’s presence in daily life, whether good or bad resonated with many. A deeply appreciated theme was a day given over to reconciliation of sinfulness and long endured past hurts symbolically celebrated throughout one day of the retreat. Mother Hilda’s contribution to the retreat week was highly significant both spiritually and humanly in renewing relationships, building identity as a Military Diocese and in the renewal of personal confidence and hope.
From feedback, all were departing significantly enriched by the week together.