Conference 9 – The Trinitarian Reality of Self-Giving Love /w Msgr. Esseff & Sr. Cor Immaculatum Heffernan – Discerning Hearts Online Retreat
Retreat Directors: Monsignor John A. Esseff and Sister Cor Immaculatum Heffernan, IHM
Unity in the Mystical Body of Christ
“Peace soon filled my soul, and I knew that I was loved, not only by those on earth but by those in heaven, too”. St. Therese
Theologians have long taught that the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, has three states: suffering, militant and triumphant.
The Church, the Mystical Body, exists on this earth, and is called the Church militant, because its members struggle against the world, the flesh and the devil. The Church suffering means the souls in Purgatory. The Church triumphant is the Church in heaven. The unity and cooperation of the members of the Church on earth, in Purgatory, in Heaven is also called the Communion of Saints.
As Persons of Faith We Stand Together in HOPE…
…because God’s dream and our response to the call of the Gospel in these times demand it.
The creativity of the Spirit is at work in living systems…the Spirit is deep within, making all things new.
Leading with the Spirit necessitates openness to vulnerability, ongoing self-discovery, and growth.
As strong Christian leaders, we stand as servants to the human spirit and to the guiding force of God’s Spirit.
You can view all the video presentations for this retreat on the Discerning Hearts YouTube Channel by clicking this link:
Msgr. John A. Esseff is a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Scranton. He served as a retreat director and confessor to St. Teresa of Calcutta. He continues to offer direction and retreats for the sisters of the missionaries of charity. He has lived in areas around the world, serving in the Pontifical missions, a Catholic organization established by St. Pope John Paul II to bring the Good News to the world especially to the poor. He is a founding member of the Pope Leo XIII Institute. He continues to serve as a retreat leader and director to bishops, priests and sisters and seminarians, and other religious leaders.
Sister Cor Immaculatum Heffernan, IHM is a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, PA. “ She holds several degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in English/Art and a Master of Science degree in Counseling, both from Marywood; a Master of Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of Notre Dame; and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Syracuse University. Her multi-faceted life is in itself a masterpiece: she is a teacher, a mentor, and a consultant; she is a sculptor, a harpist, a calligrapher, and a creator of mosaics; she is a counselor, a spiritual director, and above all, she is a servant of God to others”.