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I am offering Advent retreats in several locations and formats; pick the one that works for you! All are variations on the invitation to radical hospitality: creating space for the coming Christ in our hearts and our lives. The secular world, however, suggests that hospitality requires exquisite decorations, expensive gifts, and elaborate meals. Using St. Martha (the original overworked host) and her sister Mary as our inspiration, this retreat will help us carve out a bit of stillness in the midst of the frenzy, so that we can empty our hands, “choose the better part,” and respond to the spiritual invitation of the season.
Thursday, December 3, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Eastern via ZOOM
Our Lady of the Assumption, Strafford, PA
Sponsored by the parish’s Walking with Purpose group, this retreat is open to anyone for a free-will offering of $5 or more. Link to register will be posted soon; please check back.
Saturday, December 5, 10:00 a.m. – Noon Eastern
In person (women only) or streamed (anyone)
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Doylestown PA
This event is free of charge and open to all; social distancing guidelines will be observed carefully. Women, click the link above to register. To watch the live-stream: follow this link and click the button on the top right of the screen for “watch live now.” No registration required.
Tuesday & Thursday, December 8 & 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern via ZOOM
Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, Wernersville PA
This is a two-part retreat; presence both evenings is encouraged.
Cost is $50; click the link above to register.
Wednesday, December 9, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (in person)
Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, Wernersville PA
Cost is $50 and includes lunch. Space is limited because of social distancing. Click the link above to register
Thursday, December 10, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern via ZOOM
Saint Placid Priory, Lacey Washington.
Cost is $25; click the link above to register.
Friday, December 11, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Ignatian Volunteer Corps, Philadelphia/South Jersey Region
Private Advent reflection time for Service Corps members.
Take Nothing for the Journey?
Packing for the Year Ahead
ZOOM: Tuesday, January 5
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern
St. Placid Priory
Here we are, just a few days into a new year. The heady time of resolution-making has passed, but 2021 still stretches out ahead of us like an open road. The coronavirus crisis taught us all just how unknown the future may be. What do we need to bring with us? What should we leave behind? Today will pray with Scripture—from Genesis to the Gospels—as well as the writings of Annie Dillard, Barbara Kingsolver, Cheryl Strayed, and more. Together we will ponder what attitudes, relationships, dreams, commitments, and even possessions we want to carry with us into the new year, so that we may travel lightly, responsive to God’s call.
Registration is $25 (will post registration link when available)
During the coronavirus era, I’ve begun offering retreats via Zoom through St. Placid Priory in Lacey, WA, and the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth in Wernersville, PA. I would be delighted to host a Zoom retreat for your parish or other group as well. Here’s a list of current topics as well as a brief promotional video.
- Take Nothing for the Journey? Packing for the Unknown
- Does Everything Happen for a Reason?
- Finding God in Ordinary (and Not-So-Ordinary) Time
- Empty My Hands: An Advent Retreat
- Live the Lent You Get
Dramatic Interpretations of Women in Scripture
Scripture gives us the bare bones of stories, but through Ignatian prayer we can encounter God more deeply by immersing ourselves imaginatively in the text. I have written four monologues–the fruit of such prayer–from the perspective of various Gospel women whose lives were changed by an encounter with Jesus. Drawing on my theater background (God wastes nothing!) I have performed these monologues in retreat houses, church halls, living rooms and classrooms. In the process, participants gain insight into the working of God in their own lives.
- Martha (Luke 10:38-42)
How does our desire to do things “well” keep us from seeing what God is really asking of us? (Available via Zoom as well as live!)
- The Samaritan Woman at the Well (John 4:4-42)
What would it be like to see our complicated lives through the compassionate eyes of Jesus?
- The Woman with a Hemorrhage (Mark 5:25-34)
When life has cast us down, how do we find the courage to reach out for healing–again?
- The Woman Caught in Adultery (John 8:1-11)
When we find ourselves far from our best selves, how does God invite us back?
A sample gathering might include:
- Unpacking the Scripture together
- Dramatic monologue
- Quiet time for personal reflection
- Sharing of participants’ insights
The time frame is adaptable–anywhere from a 50-minute class to a 90-minute mini-retreat or a morning/afternoon/evening segment of a full retreat.
Advent and Lent
I offer seasonal days of recollection in a format that suits your group: full day; half day (morning or afternoon), or evening.
Navigating the waters of grief, making sense of tragedy, practicing gratitude, gardening our way to spiritual growth, and–of course–Finding God in Ordinary Time . . . these are just some of the passions I’m delighted to share in talks that are engaging, insightful, and even a touch humorous. Anything that appeals to you from my blog is fair game!
In the summer of 2020 I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by Mary Fran Bontempo and Kristin Smedley, founders of Brilliantly Resilient, about my leap of faith into becoming a “freelance me.”
And in the spring of 2019 I had the good fortune of being a guest on two different shows on RVN TV. Each interview is just under half an hour. Enjoy!
Use the contact form below if you’d like more information or to arrange a talk or retreat at a mutually convenient time.