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A Redemptorist priest, Fr Hugh Thomas, with close to 40 years of involvement in the healing ministry will be giving talks in Bathurst on the race weekend in October.

The healing retreat will begin on Friday 7 October, with 5.45pm Mass in St Michael and John’s Cathedral and a healing service after. The next day Saturday 8 October, starts with a Healing Mass at 9am in the Assumption Church and sessions afterwards until 3pm. Morning tea and a shared lunch will be provided.

The weekend will focus on the healing of physical ailments, depression, resentments, addictions and other spiritual ills.

Fr Hugh spent 22 years in the Phillippines travelling and preaching in villages without a priest. in the 1970’s he became involved in the healing ministry, seeing it as part of his priestly vocation.

He returned to Australia in 1989, doing mission work from the Redemptorist monastery in Newcastle. He then worked in Perth for 12 years continuing his missionary and retreat work.

Fr Hugh preaches on Healing, Marian devotion, following the Divine Will, the Eucharist and the Charismatic Movement. He has seen hundreds of miraculous healings during his time as a priest, saying Jesus sent the apostles out to preach and heal.

Fr Hugh has also set up many Chapels of Perpetual Adoration in different parts of the world and is fond of saying “ To serve so good a Master as Jesus does not disappoint.”

All are welcome, and the weekend will be free, with donations covering costs.