Women Religious Retreat: “Free-Falling into the Mystery of the Presence of God”

Women Religious Retreat: “Free-Falling into the Mystery of the Presence of God” @ Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center
July 12, 2020 – July 17, 2020 all-day
Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center

The mystics invite us to see that the spiritual journey is not about a constant striving for perfection as much as it is about letting go in order to be received in love. Can we accept God’s continual call to our hearts to step into the cloud of unknowing where we are not in control and God is? This retreat will help us to live into and embrace the awesome Mystery that cannot and need not be solved, but can be and need be surrendered to. In this process we can find ourselves surprised by joy, enlarged by acceptance, humbled in wonder, dedicated in dryness, refreshed and recreated in rest, and above all unconditionally received in love. Not because of how we have loved God, but because of how God has loved us!

• An open mind and a hungry heart
• Comfortable clothes
• Personal toiletries

• Comfortable rooms (some with private bath), linens
• Delicious, nutritious meals
• An environment of prayerfulness and peace

Father John Ettensohn, OMI, has been a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate for 35 years. Ordained in 1989, he has served in ministry as a pastor, retreat/renewal preaching team director and member, spiritual director, writer/producer/director in television for Oblate Media Productions, and director of Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, Minn. He has preached retreats or parish missions in 22 states and Canada. Father John Mark’s education includes a bachelor of science degree in English and World History, a master’s in Telecommunications, and a Master of Divinity with emphasis in Word and Worship from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. After finishing his work as a member of the Mission with Secularity ministry (an effort to better determine how to be effective missionaries in a secular culture that the Oblates inaugurated in Indianapolis) he has been preaching parish missions and giving retreats full time around the country. He currently resides in the Oblate Community at Sacred Heart Parish in Oakland, Calif.

DIRECTED RETREATS: Participants will meet each day with a spiritual guide
This is a silent retreat for women religious with a daily meeting with a director and optional group morning and evening prayer and daily Eucharistic liturgies. The retreat begins with a
group gathering and a short meeting with a director. During this retreat you will be invited to spend quiet time apart with God, to listen, to quiet yourself, to respond –a time to renew your commitment.

SISTER HELEN O’BRIEN, an Ursuline Sister of Louisville, Ky., is a spiritual director who trained at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago and at the Kentucky Center for Psychosynthesis. She also completed an internship at the Jesuit Renewal Center (now the Jesuit Spiritual Center) in Milford, Ohio. Sister Helen served on her community’s leadership team and has been a spiritual director for many years. 

SISTER MARY MATTHIAS WARD, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, Maple Mount, Ky., has had many years of experience in spiritual direction and retreat work. She was the founding director of Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center (1983-88) and returned as Center director from 2016- 2019; co-director of St. Thomas Retreat Center in Louisville, Ky., and director of Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Gallup, N.M. She has served as a diocesan facilitator of adult formation, vicar of religious, teacher, principal, parish administrator and campus minister. She served as major superior of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph (1988-1996) and as their director of local community life (2009-2016).

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