The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles held its 2012 Spiritual Retreat at the Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra November 17, 2012.
"In order to bring good news to the poor, we must love Jesus," said Fr. Pedro Villarroya, C.M., in his talk to the 103 attendees, plus council staff.
Sr. Alicia Martin, D.C., gave an inspiring talk on evangelization, followed by a fun primer on facts to do with Frederic Ozanam's life: he spoke four languages by age 15, held two doctorates by 22, and brought his wife a bouquet monthly to celebrate their marriage.
Vincentians enjoyed lunch and mass at the retreat house's St. Joseph Campus, run by the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, who opened their bookstore, discount book nook, and grounds. A fun day was had by all despite the rain. Fr. Villarroya reminded the Vincentians that they are starting off Pope Benedict XVI's new "Year of Faith."
Photos: (top to bottom) Fr. Villarroya speaks; Sr. Martin at the podium, Society Executive Director David Fields with Vincentians from California State University, Los Angeles, Larry Ballesteros and Ana Laura Zelaya; Fr. Villarroya with Society OLAS District Coordinator Gloria Jara-Contreras and Director of Housing Ron Mulvihill; participants inside the sisters' St. Joseph Campus.