Fr. Mason’s Talks

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The spiritual conferences of Fr. James Mason, President-Rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, are available for free audio download, below. Known throughout the country for his inspiring retreats and conferences, Father Mason’s speaking experiences include 10 years of directing the 30 day retreats at Broom Tree Retreat Center. Fr. Mason shares a love for Christ and Holy Mother Church in a variety of topics in the “Discernment of Spirits” series. Additional conferences will be available soon.

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Arise & Walk


Repentance and Forgiveness

Abandonment and Holy Indifference


Awareness and Healing

The Nature of Marriage – Asking The Right Questions

The Nature of Marriage

A Primer on Purgatory

Talk 1 Be Perfect as Your Heavenly Father is Perfect: A Reasoned Defense of Purgatory

Talk 2 Lord, Purify Our Senses and Our Spirits: The Theology of Purgatory 

Discernment of Spirits

Talk 1  Contemplative Prayer – The Basis of Discernment

Talk 2 Introduction to Lectio

Talk 3 Introduction to Discernment

Talk 4 Spiritual Consolation

Talk 5 Spiritual Desolation

Talk 6 Living a Discerning Life

*CD versions of Fr. Mason’s Talks are available for purchase through the Broom Tree Retreat Center.


Lisa Johnston | | Twitter: @aeternusphotoFr. James Mason, J.D., President-Rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, is a priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, SD. Prior to becoming Rector, Fr. Mason served as Director of Spiritual Formation and Dean of Students. Since his ordination in 2001, Fr. Mason has served as Medical-Moral Adviser, Vice Chancellor, Director of Vocations, Director of Broom Tree Retreat Center, and a parish pastor.

Prior to entering the seminary, Fr. Mason worked as a prosecutor in Minneapolis and as Director of Catholic Charities, legal counsel and lobbyist for the Diocese of Sioux Falls. He later attended the Pontifical North American College in Rome and received a degree from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas — Angelicum, Rome. He has a certificate in spiritual direction and retreat ministry at the Institute of Priestly Formation in Omaha, where he served on the board and taught a course titled, “The Spirituality of the Diocesan Priesthood.” He directed seminarians, priests and religious in the 30-day Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius for nine years and has led numerous retreats for clergy, consecrated men and women, seminarians and laity.

“We have to be men of hope. There constantly are things that move us to despair. … We need to be a light for people to remember that no matter how dark it seems, Jesus has won the victory.”Fr. Mason