Each summer, Fr. Van Wiel returns to visit family in Colorado, where he loves to climb into his waders and go fly fishing for rainbow trout. Looks like this summer, he hit the jackpot!
They find solitude and the glory of God’s creation — while fishing. This summer, they traveled out to the Villa Desiderata Retreat Center in suburban McHenry — run by Br. Patrick Drohan, CSV — to fish on Pistakee Bay.
Their fishing adventures conjure up Matthew’s gospel, 4:19, when Jesus said to Peter and his brother, Andrew, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”