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Pope Francis celebrates a mass in Plebiscito square during his pastoral visit in Naples on March 21, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Upcoming retreat to focus on pope’s message of hope, joy

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center will host a Silent Day of Prayer on the Joy of the Gospel entitled, “Pope Francis’ Message: Hope and Joy” led by the Rev. Robert McNeese on July 28 from 9 a.m — 3 p.m.

“Pope Francis has shaken up the experience of the Church and the world, surprising us with the simplicity of what Christ taught and left us after ascending into heaven.  In the pope’s work, The Joy of the Gospel, Fr. Bob will direct participants to ponder the simplicity, beauty and practice of this message of spreading the Good News of the Gospel,” the retreat center announced.

McNeese is the current rector of Bishop White Seminary.

Cost for the retreat is  $37 per person and includes lunch, (or $47 which also includes use of a private room for the day).  Register in advance by calling (509)448-1224 or online at www.ihrc.net

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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