Priests, Seminarians, Religious, Youth Ministry Leaders and Catholic Educators

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May 2013 - DC

A MESSAGE FROM MSGR. ELMER – TEC of Central TX Spiritual Director

Dear Friend,

I would like to share with you one of my great joys of priesthood during my retirement years here at Eagles’ Wings Retreat Center. About five years ago we began to hold the nationally known TEC (Together Encounter Christ) retreat here in the Austin Diocese. It is designed specifically to reach high school juniors and seniors as well as young adults of college age and beyond. We find that it makes a good crossover retreat from high school to college. It makes an excellent follow up for new Confirmands who often drop out of sight after they are confirmed. Some parishes have promoted this retreat for their graduating seniors as they move off to college. Since the encounters are based on a faith level, older lay adults, priests and seminarians have benefited from the weekend. You can go on line to find out more about the TEC experience by browsing our TEC of Central Texas website

To use the format of this retreat requires the approval of the local bishop of the diocese and an appointed Spiritual Director. So as the diocesan spiritual director I write to you today to ask you to help me spread the good news. It’s a wonderful 3-day retreat based on the Paschal Mystery.

My ask is that you personally learn more about TEC from the diocesan web site and then seriously consider joining us on retreat or as an observer and encouraging at least two good candidates from your parish to participate. Also I ask you to encourage your youth director and or Religious Education director to consider participating in our next TEC weekend.

Call on me if you have any questions.

Fraternally in Christ,

Msgr. Elmer Holtman

TEC of Central TX Minister Outreach

To attend an upcoming TEC Retreat, complete the following PRIEST/RELIGIOUS/SEMINARIAN/YOUTH MINISTRY ATTENDEE FORM

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