Fr. Andrew Thomas presides at Mass for a day of reflection for the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women Oct. 8 at Our Lady of Peace Retreat. (Courtesy Sue Anker/ACCW)
Fr. Andrew Thomas presides at Mass for a day of reflection for the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women Oct. 8 at Our Lady of Peace Retreat. (Courtesy Sue Anker/ACCW)
BEAVERTON — Father Andrew Thomas led a day of recollection for the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women Oct. 8. His talk gained full attention.

Father Thomas discussed his own vulnerability while he was in seminary facing health challenges and the sudden death of his mother. He learned to pray, at all times and in all circumstances, he told the group.

In a talk titled “Take 5 and Pray,” he advised building on the foundations of daily Mass and rosary. Suggesting that any occasion may spark the need to pray, he explained that a particular mystery of the rosary may apply to a need.

Father Thomas recounted some of the times he received answers to prayer. His sister enjoyed the safe delivery of a much-prayed-for child. It’s a boy who now wants to be a priest like his uncle.

Members of the ACCW thanked the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows and their volunteers, who hosted the day at Our Lady of Peace Retreat in Beaverton.