Valentine Twilight Retreat – 2023
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Valentine Twilight Retreat – 2023

Valentine Twilight Retreat – 2023 Retreat / Event

Thursday, Feb 9, 2023

5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Malvern Retreat House
Memorial Dining Hall
315 S. Warren Avenue Malvern, PA 19355

610-644-0400

Enjoy a special dinner and evening with the one that you love. Take time to celebrate with your special valentine at the Valentine’s Twilight Retreat led by Catholic priest, Fr. Paul Schenck and his wife Becky.

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Retreat Director and Speakers Rev. Paul Schenck

USD120.00$60.00 per Person
$120.00 per Couple

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Enjoy a special dinner and evening with the one that you love. Take time to celebrate with your special valentine at the Valentine’s Twilight Retreat led by Catholic priest, Fr. Paul Schenck and his wife Becky.

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Retreat Directors and Speakers

Retreat Director

Rev. Paul Schenck

The Rev. Paul Schenck is a married Catholic priest.  You may think that’s a poorly written sentence that should read “…a former Catholic priest who is now married.” But, no, Schenck, of York, really is a married Catholic priest, one of about 200 in the nation and another 200 worldwide. He and his wife, Becky, have been married 37 years and have nine children,  including “one in heaven.”

And that’s not all. Schenck, 57, was raised Jewish, converted to Christianity at age 16 and was a Protestant pastor for about 20 years before becoming Catholic in 2004.

Ordained in the Catholic Church in 2010, Schenck has served as director of respect life activities and continuing education for clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg since 2008 and chairs the Washington, D.C., National Pro-Life Center, an ecumenical mission at the Supreme Court, which he founded in 2004.

Schenck’s journey began in Western New York, where he was raised. There he attended Hebrew school for six years, learning Babylonian Aramaic. When he was in ninth grade, two classmates — one a son of a United Methodist minister and the other who became the first female minister ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — introduced him to Christianity.

“I listened to them very closely,” Schenck said. “I grew up in a home where Jesus was respected. I was told Jesus was a great rabbi that Christians mistakenly turned into a God.  “He began reading the New Testament, which he found very familiar, with names such as Isaiah, Solomon and David and references to circumcision and bar mitzvahs.  “There was nothing non-Jewish about it,” he said.

Schenck used the Yiddish word mishmash to describe his family, explaining that his mother was baptized a Catholic and raised an Episcopalian before marrying the son of Jewish refugees and converting to Judaism to please her husband’s father. The priest, whose twin brother is a UMC pastor in Chicago, confirmed his mother and baptized his father in the Catholic Church before they died.

Schenck graduated in 1979 from Elim Bible Institute, in Lima, N.Y. He then attended the Institute of Jewish Studies at the State University of New York because he wanted to study the Old Testament in Hebrew. He graduated from Luther Rice Seminary in 1982.  By then, he and his wife, who married at 19, had six children and lived in a garage apartment without enough heat.  “We were in desperate straits, but we didn’t know it. We were enormously happy. Our family life and ministry fulfilled us. Our children were our treasures and still are.”

Although Schenck was a Protestant clergyman, he said he felt Catholic. When he learned that Pope John Paul II would grant pastoral provisions to married Anglican priests, allowing them to become Catholic priests, he joined a Reformed Episcopal Church, a member of the worldwide Anglican communion.

“I have tremendous respect and admiration for my brother unmarried priests,” Schenck said, “because they voluntarily surrender what is a right that every Christian man has — a wife and a family. They do that for the love of Christ and his church. And I think that’s heroic.”

 

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