Priests Retreat — Day 1

Today about 60 priests from Cambodia gathered at the Catholic center in Sihanoukville on the coast for a week of retreat.

Four of us drove down together but before we left Phnom Penh we had lunch at an NGO restaurant where we ran into some lay missioners.
Arriving at the center at St. Michael Church, our group checked the room list to see which building they would sleep in.
At 5:30 PM we had a short opening ceremony which featured a musical group composed of quite young children who played traditional instruments and danced.
The three bishops and retreat leader and our host priests sat at a head table for the music and dancing and introductions.
The young women in black and white are students from the food and beverage training program at the Salesian school where I have mass on Monday mornings. They are getting practical experience working this retreat.