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Preparation Prayer:

Lectio Divina for Advent

Do a Google search for ‘prayer’ and you will get countless results.Search the Rule of St. Benedict for monks, whose lives are dedicated to prayer, and you will find one result: the ancient practice of Lectio Divina. 


As we begin again the season of Advent, come aside to rest awhile to learn and practice this method of prayerfully reading the scriptures, and personally encounter the Word Made Flesh in your own life. 

Presenter Fr. Dan Krettek

See below to learn more about Fr. Dan.

Dates:  Saturday, December 2, 2023

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost:  $50.00 

Scholarships are available. See below for additional information.

Lunch will be provided.


Location:  Emmaus House

3315 70th Street, Urbandale, IA


Fr. Dan Krettek

Fr. Dan Krettek is a Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Des Moines. He attended seminary at the North American College in Rome prior to his ordination in 1978. He has done advanced studies in theology, canon law, and spirituality, with certification in spiritual direction and retreat direction. He completed the School for Charismatic Spiritual Directors at the Pecos Benedictine Monastery, and has been trained to present the Introductory Workshop in Centering Prayer by the Contemplative Outreach organization.


He has served in parish ministry, individual and group spiritual direction, ministry to the divorced and separated, hospital chaplaincy, and high school campus ministry. He was co-director at the Emmaus House for 25 years, doing spiritual direction, retreats, and other spiritual renewal programs.

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