Thursday, August 23, 2018

Archdiocese denounces Siena Center 'gay priest' retreat

From The Journal
The Siena Retreat Center on April 23, 2014. A ministry of the Racine Dominican sisters, Siena Retreat Center is located at 5637 Erie St. in Caledonia.
 CALEDONIA — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which oversees the 197 Roman Catholic parishes in southeastern Wisconsin, is distancing itself from a retreat for priests, brothers and deacons who are gay, scheduled for October at the Siena Retreat Center in Caledonia.

Archbishop Jerome Listecki, the highest ranking member of the Catholic Church in the state, condemned the retreat in a letter sent to local churches that was shared publicly on Aug. 9. He wrote: “This event is not in line with Catholic Church teaching and is in no way connected to or endorsed by the archdiocese, and New Ways Ministry is not a Catholic organization.”

The retreat is planned by New Ways Ministry, a Maryland-based organization that aims “to build bridges of reconciliation and justice between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church,” according to Executive Director Francis DeBernardo. It is scheduled for Oct. 2-4 at the Siena Retreat Center, 5637 Erie St.

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