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Most of the programs that we offer include a time of presentation, quiet personal reflection, faith sharing, and prayer.

Some programs also include dinner and/or supper. This will be indicated in the program description

A *$25 or **$35 deposit must accompany your request in order to secure your registration. Unless advised otherwise, you may pay the balance when you arrive.

We honour the priority of our waiting lists. If you must cancel please call early.

Refunds, excluding deposits, are provided only when cancellation notice is received two weeks prior to the date of the event.

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April 2014

Workshop: “The Spirit of our Age: Challenges for Discernment”
Thu Apr 10, 7 PM – Sat Apr 12, 4 PM
Diarmuid O’Murchu

As Spirituality outgrows religion, a vast range of new challenges confront believers and non-believers alike. The wisdom of our indigenous peoples, especially their faith in the Great Spirit, is one useful guideline which will be explored in this workshop.

Diarmuid O’Murchu is a priest, social psychologist and workshop leader, with a specific interest in Adult Faith Development. Author of many books, his most recent being In the Beginning was the Spirit (2012), and God in the Midst of Change (2013)

Workshop: (includes lunches) ** $135
Accommodation + Thu Supper add $100
Call to pre-register with deposit a.s.a.p
Full payment by: Mar 6

Thu 7-9 PM, Fri 9 AM-4:00 PM, Sat 9 AM-4 PM

Day of Reflection: “Living the Beatitudes:
Does your life style raise eyebrows?”

Tues April 29, 9 AM – 3 PM
Register by Tues Apr 15 $20
Bill Gervais

This day of reflection will explore the beatitudes of Jesus and how living these simple directives can change the way we experience our Christian faith, our baptism, our discipleship, and stir up irresistible questions in the hearts of those who see how we live. This retreat day is composed of two talks drawing on scripture, prayer, reflection, and dialogue to show how authentic companions of Christ live a life style that raises eyebrows.
Bill Gervais (See Overnight Retreat – Sep 27-28, 2013)

***Cancelled*** “Prayshop”: “Belonging To The Universe:
An Exploration of Ecological Spirituality and The New Cosmology”

Wed Apr 30, 7 PM – Sat May 3, 1 PM
Dr. Alexandra Kovats, csjp

May 2014

Spring Seniors Christian Spirituality Series:
“Mystics for Today”

Thu May 8 + May 22 9:45 AM – 1 PM
(includes lunch) $20/session
Register 2 weeks in advance for meal count.
Senior or not – if you’d like to come you’re welcome!
Dolores Hall

Enjoy spending some reflective time with two great women of the medieval Christian tradition: Hildegard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich.

September 2014

Fall Seniors Christian Spirituality Series
Thu Sep 18 + Oct 2 9:45 AM – 1 PM
(includes lunch) $20/session
Register 2 weeks in advance for meal count.
Senior or not – if you’d like to come you’re welcome!
Lucy Bethel, SP

Overnight Retreat: “Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus”
Fri. Sep 26, 4 PM – Sat. Sep 27, 4 PM
Register by Fri Sep 12 * $75
Bill Gervais

As we move from the easy living of summer to the busyness of autumn, we may find that our work, paying the bills, cooking, cleaning, and chauffeuring the kids has diverted our attention from the source of our life – the risen Jesus. This overnight retreat will draw on scripture, prayer, reflection, and dialogue to help participants ‘to look to Jesus’ and avoid growing weary or losing heart in the circumstances of our lives. (Hebrews 12.1-4)

Bill Gervais is a diocesan deacon serving in Kingston as a Pastoral Minister at St. Mary’s Cathedral and Blessed Sacrament in Amherstview. He has advanced degrees in pastoral ministry and spirituality. He has served as Director of Pastoral Care services at Hotel Dieu Hospital and more recently has been involved in retreat work, spiritual direction, diaconal formation, and authors a monthly religion column in the Kingston Whig Standard.

October 2014

“Living the Blessings of Here and Now”
Thu Oct 30, 7 PM – Sat Nov 1, 1 PM
Hilary Musgrave & Monica Brown

A retreat experience that draws upon the rich imagery and wisdom of Scripture, Celtic Spirituality and the Story of the Universe. Using music, ritual, sacred clowning and storytelling, Monica and Hilary will engage participants in an awareness of God’s abiding presence and blessings in the here and now.

Hilary Musgrave from Ireland is a former teacher, Principal and Religious Education Advisor who works extensively in the area of sacred clowning, story-telling and facilitation. Monica Brown is an internationally acclaimed Christian composer and workshop facilitator. Her music is used throughout the world and is touching the hearts of many.

Retreat (includes meals) ** $135
Accommodation + Thu supper add $100
Call to pre-register with deposit a.s.a.p.
Full payment by Oct 2
Thu 7-8:30 PM, Fri 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM,
Sat 9:30 AM – 1 PM

November 2014

Spirituality Series:
“The Rhineland Mystics: Then and Now”

Mon Nov 3, 10 & 17, 6:30-8:30 PM
Register by Mon Oct 20 $25/series
Dolores Hall

Come and explore the writings of Hildegard of Bingen and Meister Eckhart in the context of their times and our own.