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30th Anniversary Gala

A MILESTONE BIRTHDAY!

Let’s Celebrate Our Lady of Bethesda!

We are thrilled to announce that Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center is turning thirty! 

Join us on Saturday, September 23rd for the 30th Anniversary Gala as we celebrate three decades of spiritual growth, stronger marriages, and unforgettable memories. 

This special milestone calls for grand birthday festivities filled with joy, laughter, and reflection. Whether you have been part of our journey from the beginning or are new to OLB, we invite you to join us in celebrating this momentous occasion. 

Jeffrey & Kathleen Paravano have graciously agreed to be our Gala Chairs. The evening will honor Fr. Richard Gill, one the founders of Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center, and Fr. John Bartunek, LC, will be the Special Guest Speaker. The celebration will begin with Mass at 5:00 p.m. followed by a festive evening that will include dinner, music and presentations.

We hope you will join us for this celebration. Table sponsorships and tickets are still available, so grab your spot now! 

Can’t make it to the party? You can still be part of the celebration by sending us your birthday wishes and cherished memories. And if you’re feeling extra generous, perhaps send OLB a “birthday present” in the form of a donation. Any support is always appreciated!

We are counting on this event to propel OLB into its next 30 years of ministry to individuals, couples and families. 

Let’s make this 30th anniversary a birthday to remember at Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center!

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Bicycle Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Fr. Clemens Gutberlet, LC, recently cycled from Rome to Lourdes with a group, as both a spiritual pilgrimage and fundraiser. 

Fr. Clemens works in the office of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in the Vatican and is the general procurator of the Legion (liaison between the Legion and the Vatican). He is also an avid cyclist. On July 22–29 he and a small group of other cyclists traveled almost 1,000 miles (1,600 km) by bicycle, from St. Peter’s Square to the Grotto in Lourdes. 

He spoke with us after the trip. 

Fr. Clemens, can you please tell us how this bicycle pilgrimage came about? 

Fr. Clemens: Well, it came about because one of my friends, Giuseppe Fatato, who was a professional cyclist, mentioned that he had a debt with Our Lady of Lourdes because he was cured in an unusual way. So, he promised to do Rome to Lourdes on a bike to thank Mary for the grace of being cured in a special way. 

The other reason was that the Athenaeum, Regina Apostolorum, was celebrating its 25th anniversary. We spoke about that, and they thought it would be a nice way, during this Jubilee, to do a little fundraising by going from Rome to Lourdes on a bicycle. So, those are the two reasons why we did this. 

Third, I just like cycling. 

 

How many days were you on the road, and what was the ride like? 

We planned it for eight days to do over 1,550 km. First, we divided it into 8 equal parts, but they became a little different, as we had to find accommodation. The first day ended up being 230 km and the second day was only 180 km. In the end, it was 1,600 km. 

Did you have a spiritual experience while cycling? What was on your mind? Actually, before starting, I invited anyone I talked to about the pilgrimage to give me intentions. So, I really had a long list of prayer intentions in my bag, in my mind, and in my heart. The spiritual journey was praying for these and also offering up the difficulties – both organizational and physical, such as tiredness – for these intentions. I felt relieved when I arrived in Lourdes and I could just leave all these prayer intentions at the foot of Our Lady in the grotto. 

Who else went with you besides Giuseppe Fatato? 

The whole thing is also about formation. Cycling and formation don’t necessarily seem so related. We went as a group of eight cyclists: six were young men between 15 and 18 years old. They are semi-professional cyclists who used it as a training ride. I noticed that it is so important for them to get not only training, but also formation: human and spiritual formation. 

For next year, I’m planning to do something similar but with the explicit goal of offering integral formation to a group like this during the week. It shouldn’t just be a cycling tour but also integral formation to them. 

How much did you raise and what is the money going towards? 

Well, the money is for scholarships for the students in our Athenaeum, Regina Apostolorum. I’m not sure of the final amount that came in: we proposed €30,000 as a goal but I don’t think we got there – I think we reached about €10,000. People can continue to support this on CrowdRise or on the Athenaeum’s website [Note: CrowdRise allows US and Canadian Dollars but the Athenaeum’s site only takes Euros.]

If you want more, you can see a complete photo gallery on Facebook (the same page also has a few videos) and donate money to sponsor Fr. Clemens.

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Alex Kucera

Atlanta

Alex Kucera has lived in Atlanta, GA, for the last 46 years. He is one of 9 children, married to his wife Karmen, and has 3 girls, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. Alex joined Regnum Christi in 2007. Out of the gate, he joined the Helping Hands Medical Missions apostolate and is still participating today with the Ghana Friendship Mission.

In 2009, Alex was asked to be the Atlanta RC Renewal Coordinator for the Atlanta Locality to help the RC members with the RC renewal process. Alex became a Group Leader in 2012 for four of the Atlanta Men’s Section Teams and continues today. Running in parallel, in 2013, Alex became a Team Leader and shepherded a large team of good men.

Alex was honored to be the Atlanta Mission Coordinator between 2010 to 2022 (12 years), coordinating 5-8 Holy Week Mission teams across Georgia. He also created and coordinated missions at a parish in Athens, GA, for 9 years. Alex continues to coordinate Holy Week Missions, Advent Missions, and Monthly missions at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming, GA.

From 2016 to 2022, Alex also served as the Men’s Section Assistant in Atlanta. He loved working with the Men’s Section Director, the Legionaries, Consecrated, and Women’s Section leadership teams.

Alex is exceptionally grateful to the Legionaries, Consecrated, and many RC members who he’s journeyed shoulder to shoulder, growing his relationship with Christ and others along the way. He knows that there is only one way, that’s Christ’s Way, with others!