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Saturday, March 6, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Finding God in Ordinary Time
St. Rose of Lima, North Wales PA
Women’s Retreat Morning via ZOOM
Friday, March 12, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. via ZOOM
Living and Loving as Servants of God
Waldron Mercy Academy Faculty/Staff Retreat
Monday, March 15, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
What Are You Thirsty For?
A Samaritan woman with a complicated history came to a well in the heat of the day; there, she encountered One who recognized her deeper thirst and sent her home transformed. This Gospel (John 4) is often proclaimed on the Third Sunday of Lent. In tonight’s Women’s Wisdom and the Journey of Faith, we will hear the Samaritan Woman’s story in her own words through the art of dramatic interpretation. Praying with images of thirst, we will draw closer to the “living water” that Jesus offers us all.
San Alfonso Retreat House, Long Branch NJ.
Cost: $20, includes dinner as part of San Alfonso’s Lenten “Soup for the Soul” series. Follow link above to register.
Friday, March 19, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EASTERN
Joseph: Carpenter, Dreamer, Foster Father, Saint
Offered via ZOOM through St. Placid Priory, Lacey WA
Although St. Joseph does not speak a word in the Gospels, he is a powerful figure in the Catholic religious imagination. Responding to Pope Francis’ proclamation of a Year of St. Joseph, in this retreat we will use creative stories and artistic renderings to meditate on the life of Joseph. Together, we will consider contemporary parallels to the challenges he faced and the virtues he demonstrated, drawing closer to Joseph as our inspiration and guide in these difficult days.
Cost: 25; click link above to register.
Note that confirmation will be in PACIFIC time (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, April 13, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
God’s Invitation to Rest
St. Monica’s Church, Berwyn PA, Walking with Purpose via Zoom
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!
CLICK HERE for a list of past appearances that gives a sense of possible topics.
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.