Weekend Retreats

 OCTOBER

OCTOBER  4 – 6, 2019 – Friday to Sunday
OR OCTOBER 7 – 9, 2019 – Monday to Wednesday
Colors of God Watercolor Retreat
with Kim Le Nguyen MS-AT

       “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease.”  Genesis 8:22

“I believe in process.  I believe in four seasons.  I believe that winter’s tough, but spring’s coming.  I believe that there’s a growing season.  And I think that you realize that in life you grow.  You get better.”  Steve Southerland.

       During this retreat you will learn to see the different colors of changes in the seasons that God has created.  With watercolor, prayer and meditation you will express the changes of color in yourself.

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.                         Supper served at 5:30 PM  
Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal.
Cost:  Fri. – Sun. $255.00 for private room; $235.00 for shared room
Cost:  Mon–Wed.  $240.00 for private room; $220.00 each for shared room

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OCTOBER 25 – 27, 2019
Seeking God in Scripture
with  Dr. Paul Lemieux, Ph.D.

       In this retreat come and discover who you and God are together.  The Holy Spirit invites you to seek God through various scripture stories/passages by using Lectio Divina and Imaginative Prayer.  We will utilize these aids to prayer for both private and group prayer.  There will be times for silence and times for discussion.

Arrival is at 4:00 PM.          Supper served at 5:30 PM
Program begins at 7:00 PM and ends with noon meal on the last day.
Cost:  $240.00 for private room; $220.00 each for shared room

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 8 – 10, 2019
Jesus and the Gospel of Luke: Today Salvation Has Come
with Fr. Daniel O’Connell

       We all want to be saved.  Jesus enters into the world to be its Savior, the one who fulfills God’s promise of salvation.  Luke presents Jesus as the one through whom God offers this renewal.  Jesus begins his ministry proclaiming the salvation promised by the prophets, but proclaims it not as coming but as come.  In Him and through His word renewal happens.  Through the development of our spirituality and the sharing of our time in service, we are constantly saved and share that salvation with others.  This time of retreat will help us see His love and salvation at work in our lives.

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.                         Supper served at 5:30 PM
Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:  $240.00 for private room, $220.00 each for shared room.

DECEMBER

DECEMBER 6 – 8, 2019
Desiring God
Set Ablaze by the Spark of Faith
with Marie May Lausier, p.m. and a Team of Rivier Associates

     “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”  (Lk. 18:8)  Will he find us desiring God?  Desiring God knows no bounds.  Knowing what sets this desire in motion is key.  With masters of the spiritual life, this retreat will focus on the “spark of faith” that ignites our path to intimacy with God, helps assess the quality of our faith, commits us to its development and the essential role of prayer in our life of faith.  The vitality of our Association depends above all on a living faith, on being alive with Christ in God!  

This program is open to Marie Rivier Associates and to those who have made the Rivier Retreat.

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.                           Supper served at 5:30 PM
Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:  $210.00 for private room,  $190.00 each for shared room

FEBRUARY 2020

FEBRUARY 7 – 9, 2020
Contemplation and Quiet
~ Winter Special ~

       This silent weekend will allow personal time to journey with self and with God for either a Private Retreat or a Directed Retreat.  Time for  Adoration will be available.

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.                          Supper served at 5:30 PM 
Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:   $170.00 for Private Retreat              $195.00 for Directed Retreat 

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FEBRUARY 14 – 16, 2020
A Retreat with Blessed Marie Rivier
Fearless Woman of Faith and Evangelization
with Diane Dube, p.m.

Handicapped as a toddler, healed through the Virgin, educated through suffering, this fierce and gentle woman defied the force of The French Revolution.  This “Woman Apostle” dauntlessly risked her life to make Jesus Christ known and loved.  Her profound interior life fueled a passion which gave birth to the Sisters of  the Presentation of Mary.  From humble French beginnings her Community now serves the poor and the Church in twenty countries.  Who is this amazing woman?  What does she have to teach us today?  Come catch the fire of her love for God!

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.                          Supper served at 5:30 PM 
Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:  $240.00 for private room,  $220.00 for shared room.

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FEBRUARY 21 – 23, 2020
How to Make Decisions
An Ignatian Directed Prayer Weekend
with Nancy Sheridan, SASV and Paul Sullivan, SJ,
Aline Plante, p.m., Claire Gagnon, p.m. and Diane Dube, p.m.

       We all make decisions, big ones and little ones.  How do we know if we’ve made the right one?  On the opening evening, this silent retreat will begin with group reflection on Holy Decision Making.  This will be followed by small group meetings with individual directors.  The remainder of the weekend will include individual daily meetings with a director.  Daily Liturgy will be at the heart of our days together.

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.                          Supper served at 5:30 PM 
Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes on Sunday at 3:00 PM.
Cost:  $240.00 for private room.

MARCH 2020

MARCH 6 – 8, 2020
Embraced by Love 
with Ann Boyle, RSR

       We are created from LOVE (God), of LOVE (God’s Love) for LOVE (to love).  We are created to be in a Love relationship with God, one another and creation.  During this retreat, we will reflect on God’s Love, which is unconditonal, always present, and ever more than we can imagine.  It is out of Love that God gave us his Son, and out of Love for us that Jesus gave his Life.  The weekend will include presentations, prayer, time for personal reflection and sharing.

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.                          Supper served at 5:30 PM
Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:  $240.00 for private room,  $220.00 for shared room.

APRIL 2020

APRIL 3 – 5, 2020
Seeking God in All Things
with Beverly Fournier

       We would be amazed at how many ways God is present to us every day!  All too often, our full and busy lives make it easy to miss out on experiencing God’s presence to us in all things.  Seeking God in all things is a profound experience of love that not only changes us, it changes the way we see everything around us.

       This quiet and reflective weekend is an opportunity for us to experience different ways to open our contemplative hearts so that we can encounter God’s loving presence in all things.  Join us as we awaken our contemplative spirits through Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, quiet reflection, and song.

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.                          Supper served at 5:30 PM
Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:  $240.00 for private room, $220.00 for shared room.

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APRIL 17 – 19,  2020
Watercolor with Mandalas
with Mary Rich

Using watercolors and mandalas, we will continue to develop the Easter theme discovering what prevents us from living a life of joy and receiving the peace Christ promises.  In the process, you will learn many watercolor techniques.  You do not have to be an artist to benefit from this retreat.

*A complete list of needed supplies will be provided at the time of registration.
Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.                          Supper served at 5:30 PM
Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:  $240.00 for private room, $220.00 for shared room.

MAY 2020

MAY 1 – 3, 2020
Praying with Hearts and Hands
While the mind and body are toiling,
the heart can also be at its own work. – (Blessed Marie Rivier)
with Connie Bartelson, Jayne Romanek and Donna Griffin

       Join the Holy Knitters Prayer-Shawl Ministry as we joyfully share in the care of God’s people by using the gifts of our hands to knit or crochet sacred prayer shawls.  Our prayers and blessings are woven into the shawls as our hands work to fashion them. Shawls are then given to people for comfort, healing or in celebration.

*Basic knitting or crocheting skills are a prerequisite for this retreat.  
A list of required materials will be sent upon registration.

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.                         Supper served at 5:30 PM 
Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:  $240.00 for private room,  $220.00 for shared room.

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MAY 15 – 17, 2020
Living Life all the Way Home
Living in the Present Moment Opens the door to God
with Michele DeSimone

       The Present Moment is the doorway to Life…and Life is the doorway to the awareness of God’s Presence.  God is in the Now – not the past,  not the future – The Now!  “The only entry point to divine love is now.  This moment is all there is”.  Paula D’Arcy.  Come away for a weekend to experience the love, gentleness and fullness of Life in the Presence of God.

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.                          Supper served at 5:30 PM
Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:  $240.00 for private room,  $220.00 for shared room.

JUNE 6, 2020 ~ WINDOW WASHING SATURDAY!

The first Saturday in June this year is the designated day for washing windows at the Center.  Volunteers are welcomed and enthusiastically encouraged!  All volunteers will have their names entered in a raffle for a weekend retreat of their choosing.  FMI and to sign up, please contact Sr. Sue at 207-284-5671.  Thank you!

JULY 24 – 26, 2020
Centering Prayer:
Going Deeper in our Relationship with God
with Bill Sheehan, OMI

       During our time together, we will reflect on Martin Laird’s book An Ocean of Light.  Fr. Laird describes in a foundational way, the source of our Oneness/Union with God and all that is.  During this weekend, we will experience periods of Centering Prayer and enrichment in community.

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.                          Supper served at 5:30 PM
Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:  $240.00 for private room.