Last weekend the St. Peter Chapter worked on cleaning up the fence line at the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth Convent in Grand Prairie. The Kephans braved massive thorn trees and a lack of chain saw to get a good length of fence cleaned. Along the way, they got a chance to pray together, study apologetics, and even record a radio spot for the Chastity Retreat.
Remember that the Chastity Retreat is only a few weeks away, and will be at the Holy Family Convent. Sign up now!
In January, Kepha volunteered at Birth Choice’s Hope for the World fundraiser. The event is the crisis pregnancy center’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and this year they had as guest speaker Raymond Cardinal Burke, then Patron of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.
Members of the St. Peter Chapter assisted with setup for the dinner, ran check-in for benefactors, and helped in other odd jobs throughout the night. The greatest benefit for the Kephans was to listen to Cardinal Burke, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Canon Law and an outspoken defender of the sanctity of marriage, of the family, and of life.
The Kephans also got to spend some time with some of the Dallas seminarians who were able to make it for the event. It is always a great encouragement to see strong young men giving up their lives to the service of God.
Kepha is rolling into high gear to prepare for the Chastity Retreat this month. You don’t want to miss it!
Kepha, the Brotherhood of the Iron Will, now has a logo that communicates its mission. Boys need to see men being men, practicing their Faith, and for that matter guys in general need to see their elders and peers living the Gospel. Thus, our logo has the Iron Will Cross which Kepha members wear, with a smaller cross on top of it, symbolizing the younger members being formed and striving to follow in the footsteps of the older members.
All our social media and email accounts are now emblazoned with our new logo, and we will begin rolling out new media with the logo on it in the coming weeks.
The Kephans of the St. Peter Chapter joined the Plano Prayer Vigil outside of the Planned Parenthood in Plano, TX, on Saturday, January 14th. The Brotherhood of the Iron Will couldn’t make it to the March for Life in Dallas, so instead they decided to pray at this Planned Parenthood.
The folks in the Plano Prayer Vigil are outside the Planned Parenthood every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. We are very grateful that we have these spiritual warriors at prayer every week, braving whatever weather and the security guard hired by the abortionists.
Letting go of Injuries on “Father, Forgive Them” Retreat
A total of 13 men and boys joined the St Peter Chapter for the last Kepha retreat of the year. The “Father, Forgive Them” retreat on November 19-20 did not just mark the end of a calendar year for Kepha, or even the end of the liturgical year with the feast of Christ the King. This retreat also completed the Year of Mercy, during which Kephans have been meditating on the Spiritual Works of Mercy. “Forgive injuries” was the last of these works to be covered over the course of three retreats in 2016.
The guest speaker at the retreat was Fr. James Oberle, PSS. Fr. Oberle is an affiliate assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas. He joined the Kephans after 8am Mass at St Mark the Evangelist in Plano, TX, to speak on 12 steps to forgiveness. We must consider what wrong was done us and what our involvement with it was. Forgiveness is not a instantaneous event; to truly forgive another one must take time to truly understand what we are forgiving and to pray and ask God’s help.
Last month, four Kephans volunteered at Birth Choice Dallas for the St. Peter Chapter monthly work day. The Kephans cleaned the facility, prayed morning prayers in the chapel, and prayed a rosary outside the abortion center next door.
Kepha’s last retreat was all about the spread of the Gospel.
A total of 20 men and boys attended the Truth and Charity Retreat at St Mark the Evangelist in Plano, TX. Half of those had never been to a Kepha event.
Truth and Charity are two extremely important elements of evangelization. If we do not spread the truth, we are uncharitable to those who have never heard God’s Word. Who are we to hold back God’s mercy out of fear of discomfort for ourselves?
The St. Peter Chapter volunteered at Birth Choice this past Saturday. The three Kephans vacuumed and cleaned bathrooms, organized the back room (not as much work as last time), and helped with various odd jobs. In between they prayed Lauds, morning prayers, and a rosary.
Suffering for Souls Retreat heralds return of St Peter Chapter
At 7:55 am on Saturday, ten men were gathered in front of the Youth House at St Mark in Plano. The group headed for the 8am Mass, which began their retreat.
The St Peter Chapter has long been dormant, but since February the Dallas arm of the Brotherhood has been reengaging in its mission. That work has now peaked with the first Kepha retreat in 3 years in the DFW metroplex.
Redemptive suffering is not a topic discussed much in our modern culture, which avoids any inconvenience at all costs. But it is a topic of immense importance for our spiritual growth. As was brought up in one of the talks, St Therese of Lisieux recognized that the little inconveniences and annoyances were her means of sanctification. When we offer up our suffering as sacrifice, we participate in Christ’s redemptive suffering on the cross and help bring grace to a fallen world.