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God wants to Heal and Restore
"I've been a Catholic my whole life, and for some reason I didn't know that God can set us free - on this side of heaven!  I've always had in my mind the belief that we're just broken while we're here on earth, and life is about suffering.  Now I know that God actually wants to and does heal and restore.  It's been an opportunity to experience the healing power of God."
- Participant in the Healing the Whole Person conference
Upcoming Retreats at Good Counsel
Healing Retreat
with Fr. Craig Doty

Nov. 1-3, 2019
Jesus, Please Heal Me!
Weekend Retreat opens with Holy Day Mass for All Saints Day on Friday Nov. 1, 8:00pm; ends Sunday Nov. 3 with Noon lunch.

See and experience God’s healing love!

This is the third retreat Fr. Craig Doty has offered based on the work of the John Paul II Healing Center and its founders, Dr. Bob and Bart Schuchts.  Through teaching, prayer, personal reflection, adoration and the Sacraments, Fr. Doty invites men and women of all ages to encounter the healing love of the Father.

Recommended are the books by Dr. Bob Schuchts, Be Healed and Be Transformed, and also his most recent book, Real Suffering: Finding Hope and Healing in the Trials of Life.  Topics to be addressed on the retreat include: Identity, Deliverance, the Sacraments and Inner Healing, and Redemptive Suffering.

Referring to the importance of recognizing our identity, Fr. Doty says, "The more we realize who we are, the better off we are.  God created us simply out of love for us, there is nothing we did to earn this life.  From the moment that God thought of us, it was a total gift."

After a powerful Healing the Whole Person Conference given by the Schuchts in Lincoln last July, Fr. Doty hopes the graces of that experience will help many more people "discover God’s heart for you, receive the healing He wants to give, and come to a fuller understanding of His purpose for your life."

Fr. Craig Doty has been a priest for twenty-two years, is pastor of St. Peter Church in Lincoln, and is the director of the Lincoln Equipping Team, a prayer and healing ministry.

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Living the Little Way of St. Therese
with Fr. Karl Millis

Nov. 15-17, 2019
Follow the Little Flower to Holiness and Happiness
Weekend Retreat for Men and Women.

The Retreat House is excited to announce a change in the published schedule and welcome back Fr. Karl Millis for a weekend retreat on the Little Flower, "Living the Little Way of St. Therese."

"The wisdom of St. Theresa speaks to us about what it means to follow the Lord," said Fr. Millis.  "She invites us to experience the unconditional love God has for everyone; of how God's justice is conditioned by His mercy; and how God's justice serves love.  'To love the love that is mercy' is central to the practice of The Little Way.  It is this love that we are called to show towards others."

Topics for the retreat include: confidence in God, in spite of sufferings; God's love for you personally, and how you can see it at work; not becoming discouraged by your sins and weaknesses, but abandoning yourself to the mercy of God; and what it means truly to follow Jesus.

Fr. Millis asks, "How often do you and I cling to things of this world, thinking they will satisfy, thinking they can somehow fill a place that only God can fill?  And how many of us resist really following Jesus with the radical conviction that St. Therese did, in truly surrendering everything to Christ?  All these other things cannot satisfy."

Father Millis has been a Third Order Carmelite for more than 30 years, and has studied Carmelite spirituality extensively in both Rome and the United States. He has helped to establish Third Order Carmelite groups in several parishes.

“As a Third Order Carmelite, I enjoy sharing Carmelite spirituality with others. It is said, ‘The Carmelites may be one of the smallest religious orders of the Church, but they have produced some of the greatest Saints.’ To know, understand, and live the Carmelite spirituality in one’s life, gives to one an amazing gift to assist one on the journey to heaven.”

Father Karl Millis was ordained in 1999 and came to the Diocese of Lincoln five years ago, serving at St. Joseph in Auburn, St. Clara in Peru, and as chaplain of the Newman Center in Peru.

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Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House • 402-786-2705 •
Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly offers a peaceful atmosphere of prayer and recollection, with single rooms and private baths.  Retreat include meditations, silence, prayer, adoration and the Sacraments and typically begin with a Rosary and Mass at 8pm on Friday evening, and end with Mass and noon lunch on Sunday.

Some of the other upcoming retreats include:
  • "Be Renewed in the Spirit" with Sr. Lucy and the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, Nov. 22-24 Magnificat Retreat for Women only
  • "Keeping Close to Mary" with Bishop James Conley and Fr. Gary Coulter, Dec. 6-8 Advent Retreat
See the full schedule of retreats and register at, email or call 402-786-2705 for more information.
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