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Podcast recordings from Fr. Ed's live spiritual talks.
Catholic teaching and thought provoking commentary from Fr. Ed
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Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
Father Ed Broom, OMV, is Associate Pastor of St. Peter Chanel Church in Hawaiian Gardens, California. He is a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary and was ordained by Blessed John Paul II on May 25, 1986. Fr Ed's teaches Catholic Ignatian Marian Spirituality through articles, podcasts, a radio show, retreats and spiritual direction.
St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church
In the 1980s, at the request of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary were invited to staff the newly-created parish of St. Peter Chanel, located in Hawaiian Gardens, California. In a short period of time, the Oblates have developed an active community of worship which serves a growing Hispanic and Filipino population. In addition to the daily and weekend Masses, confessions are available every day and there is daily Eucharistic Adoration. Retreats are also offered on a quarterly basis.
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About the Program
The Spiritual Exercises at St. Peter Chanel in Hawaiian Gardens, California was instituted in August of 2006 with an initial group of two people meeting with Father Ed Broom, OMV. From that quiet beginning more than 4,200 people have experienced the Exercises.
Among the fruits that participants have experienced are:
• A deeper, more intense prayer life • An ability to examine one’s conscience more closely • Discernment of spirits – the ability to distinguish the voice of the Holy Spirit from the whisperings of the evil spirit • A deeper understanding and love of the Sacrament of Confession • A greater love of Jesus present in the Holy Eucharist • A love of Holy Scripture A deeper filial relationship with Mary, our mother.
The Format of the Course
The course is an adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Those Exercises have been the source of great spiritual growth for 450 years. The Exercises forge saints and this program is rooted in the Universal Call to Holiness. Christ commands us: “Be holy, as your Heavenly Father is holy” Mt. 5:48. We are striving to become saints, even great saints.
The program extends over 70 days with assigned meditations based in the Exercises and drawn from Holy Scripture. Every week the attendees hear a presentation that teaches the Ignatian method of prayer and outlines the structured themes of Ignatius and provides encouragement and direction.
This is not a Bible study course. The attendees don’t become Bible scholars, they become Bible lovers! All adults are invited! New Catholics, lifelong Catholics, non Catholics, revert Catholics, all are invited.
There is no charge for the course. The parish supplies all the materials. Attendees must have a Catholic Bible. Donations are accepted to help defray the cost.