June 18, 2009
On Thursday, June 18, 2009 members of The McCallen Society
attended the Second Annual Day of Reflection at the Seminary of the
Immaculate Conception in Lloyds Harbor, NY.
After breakfast, the group began its program of activities which
included Mass, self-guided tours of the grounds and time to think
about and discuss important issues individually and as a group.
Attendees were given the opportunity to retreat from their busy
day-to-day activities and challenge their ideas about a variety of
important topics. These issues included stem cell research,
abortion, birth control and new methods that some local Dioceses
are using to increase their membership of young families.
Rev. Joseph R. Gibino, STM, Ph.D., who led the group in a
discussion on “Issues of Moral Philosophy,” pointed out that
morality is what’s written on our hearts rather than what we do. He
urged the group to consider the various sides of each issue before
coming to a final judgment.
The day concluded with group reflection and a bus ride back to
the Queens campus. Attendees were grateful for the relevance of the
topics discussed. “It bought up a lot of questions that we
grandparents are facing today with our grandchildren,” noted Thomas
Rose Sapelli '57UC, '84L was appreciative of the event, saying,
“It was a very invigorating day.”