I write this column having recently returned from an eight-day silent retreat. That’s correct. Eight days of silence.

I have been participating in a three-year program of spiritual formation for bishops sponsored by the Institute for Priestly Formation. One component of the program is that each year we bishops enter into an eight-day silent retreat. The only speaking is during a one-hour daily meeting with my spiritual director and when we celebrate daily Mass together.

The Most Reverend Robert J. McClory is Bishop of the Diocese of Gary.

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