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"In order to settle down in the quiet of our own being,
we must learn to be detached from the results
of our own activity"

– Thomas Merton

2014 Retreats

Retreats provide the opportunity for time away from the usual activity of life to be quiet, pray, and reflect. Below are just a few of the upcoming retreats offered by our many spirituality centers throughout the country. For complete listings, click the links provided to go to each center's website. Contact the person listed for more information or to book a retreat.

Congregation of St. Joseph Sponsored Spirituality Centers:

St. Joseph Retreat Center
137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
Contact: Mary Clark, CSJ; 304-232-8160, ext. 145;
Email: mclark@csjoseph.org
Website: www.stjosephretreatcenter.org

Retreat Name and DescriptionCost
April 14 - 20,

Holy Week Retreat: Pilgramage to Jerusalem; Walking as a Disciple
Presenter: Father Michael Crosby, OFM, cap
Jesus' invitation to "Follow Him" leads here. Every year Holy Week calls us to look around us and take stock in what we are learning along the way. Watching Jesus respond to the events of Holy Week reveals how our God acts toward us as we are called to live as his daughters and sons.

Includes meals
and overnight accomodations

April 25 - 27,

Weaving the Threads of Our Lives
A Weekend Retreat with Sr. Mary Meyers, CSJ
Come for a weekend and explore your creative self as you weave a simple bread basket and discover your own inner colors and textures coming together to form something beautiful. No experience necessary and all materials will be provided.
Includes meals
and overnight

 Click here for a full list of retreat opportunities.

2980 Kleinert Avenue, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
Contact: contact@stjocenter.org
Website: www.stjocenter.org

Retreat Name and Description
January 24, 2014
8:30 am - 11:30am

Parents' Morning of Reflection:
What is My Song?

Each of us enters this world for a special reason, with a song that only we can sing. Children know this. Parents who are listening will often hear something of their child’s song long before the child is born. We don’t need to teach our children their special purpose in life, as we would teach them to read or ride a bike. Rather, we need to help them remember what they already know. This morning of reflection will teach parents how to guide their children to find their unique purpose.
March 22, 2014
9 am - Noon

Sacred Storytelling:
A Lenten Journey of the Heart

Jesus used stories to convert hearts. Dianne Hanley, Executive Director of the Center and professional storyteller, will follow Jesus’ example, using stories to invite an opening of the heart during this Lenten season. Through stories, participants will be guided through a Lenten journey of discovering: What is our response when we recognize that God is in all? How is our connectedness made manifest in the world and by our actions? What new perspectives are needed? What old understandings need to be left behind? Come enjoy a spiritual and prayerful Lenten journey through stories.

 Click here for a full list of retreat opportunities.

3430 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44111
Contact Us: 216-688-1111 ext. 251
Email: info@riversedgecleveland.com
Website: www.riversedgecleveland.com

Retreat Name and Description
Click here for a full list of retreat opportunities.

1515 West Ogden Avenue, LaGrange Park, Illinois 60526-1721
Contact: 708-482-5088; thewell@csjoseph.org
Website: www.csjthewell.org

DateRetreat Name and Description
June 15 - 20, 2014
“Contemplative Exploration into Evolutionary Christianity”
A Summer Retreat with Nancy Sylvester

One’s cosmology shapes one’s theology. Many of us, having embraced an evolutionary cosmology, still stumble in terms of how it shaped our theology. Come and be a part of this retreat rooted in communal contemplation and dialogue to explore our experience of being evolutionary Christians and the theology that is taking shape within us.

Commuters:  $350
June 20 - 21, 2014
6th Annual Summer Institute:
Harnessing the Power of Three: The Trinity Revisited in Light of Mysticism and Modern Science

Presenters: Cynthia Bourgeault and Diarmuid O’Murchu
Modern theology emphasizes relationality; modern science highlights connectedness, while modern cosmology unravels the rich texture of interdependence. Mysticism, old and modern, has long known this underlying relationality, while a sense of Trinity-based faith prevails in every major world religion. In this workshop, facilitated by Cynthia and Diarmuid, we will explore how this relationality impacts upon the evolving spirituality of our time.

$140 (includes lunch on Saturday - limited overnight space on Friday available for a discounted price of $50)
Click here for a full list of retreat opportunities.

“Contemplative Exploration into Evolutionary Christianity”

A Summer Retreat with Nancy Sylvester

Transformations Spirituality Center
3427 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49048
Mailing Address: PO Box 02, Nazareth, Michigan 49074
Contact: Barb Gourley; 269-381-6290, ext. 310; info@transformationscenter.org
Website: www.transformationscenter.org

Retreat Name and Description
March 2 - 4, 2014

A Life of Being, Having, and Doing ENOUGH
Presenter: Wayne Muller
     From the moment we are born, we are seekers, but this is lost “in a world seduced by its own unlimited potential. In obsessive pursuit of money, success and self-improvement we reach the end of each jam-packed day discouraged by everything we have not checked off on our to-do lists. We despair that whatever we have accomplished is never enough.
     All of our worries will not add a single day to the tally. In fact, anxiety is likely to reduce our days – if not in quantity, then surely in quality.”
     In this retreat, you will grow in compassion and mercy for yourself and recognize what is most profoundly true about who you are and what you need. See how self-acceptance makes whatever you choose to do, in this moment, wholly enough.
     Wayne Muller is a therapist, minister, community advocate, consultant, public speaker, and bestselling author. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Wayne has spent the last thirty-five years helping people triumph over adversity. Our retreat will begin on Sunday evening, and conclude with lunch on Fat Tuesday, just in time to return home for Ash Wednesday.
(with $50 paid reservation by February 3. $295 after.)
Includes overnight accommodations and meals.

March 29,
9am - 3:30pm
The Quest for the Face of Jeasus: Rembrandt, Ignatius, and Ourselves
Presenter: Fr. Peter Fennessy, S.J.
     In 2012 the Detroit Institute of Arts offered a deeply moving exhibition entitled Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus which drew unprecedented numbers of visitors. Fr. Peter Fennessy, S.J. of the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, was a consultant to the DIA’s Department of Interpretive Media, adding context and insights to deepen the exhibit’s meaning.
     Fr. Fennessy will correlate art appreciation with praying with Scripture, and explore how Rembrandt’s creative process was much like the use of imagination in Ignatian prayer. Drawing on his experience with Rembrandt, he will lead us in our own quest for the face of the Jesus.
     Fr. Fennessy has studied Theology, Art, and Buddhist Aesthetics. He uses the fine arts to illustrate his preached retreats and shows how the active imagination is key to understanding art and scripture.
     Join us for a day of presentations, personal reflection, and interactive small and large group discussion.
 $45 when paid by March 7. $55 after.
 Click here for a full list of retreat opportunities.