Thirty US Military members and spouses explored the theme “Discernment: Find God’s Voice in Everyday Life,” during the three day Military Young Adult Retreat held May 31 – June 2 in Alhambra, CA. The retreat gave participants time for prayer and a practical look at discernment and how we are called to follow God’s will. The schedule included talks, small group discussions, time for reflection, and access to the Sacrament of Penance and Eucharistic adoration.
Among participants were fifteen marines, five sailors, four airmen, two soldiers, a coastguardsman, and three military spouses. Father Brian Klingele, an Air Force chaplain at Creech Air Force Base, served as Retreat Master. Also in attendance was the newly ordained Bishop Coffey.
The retreat organizer, AMS Associate Director of Young Adult Ministry Casey Bustamante, remarked that one of the most fruitful aspect of the retreat was the interaction among the retreatants. She stated, “The retreatants shared similar struggles of striving to live lives as Catholics in the military, but they left renewed by the encouragement of knowing they are not alone and the hope that God is at work in their everyday life.”