February 12 - February 14, 2016
Theme: "Lent: The Spirituality of the Season." The very word "Lent" comes from the Anglo-Saxon lencthen, originally referring to the lengthening of the light, confirmed in the movement from winter's darkness to spring's increasing vitality, from ashes to the paschal feast of Easter. Lent, in short, is about coming to life in new ways. It's about growth. If you were to take that approach to Lent this year, you might ask, "What would bring me more alive?" The physical and spiritual practices you choose would be in light of Jesus' words, "I came that you might have life and have it to the full!" (John 10:10) This retreat will prime you for the season with a new, energizing vision of its spirituality.
Leader: Thomas Ryan, CSP, is a member of the Paulist Fathers and directs their North American Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations in Washington, DC. Spirituality is an abiding passion for him, as reflected in his 15 books relating to various aspects of the spiritual life. He leads ecumenical retreats throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Weekend retreats run Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. The silence begins Friday night after dinner when the leader opens the retreat and introduces the theme. The leader usually offers brief meditations with morning and evening prayers on Saturday. The silence ends late-morning Sunday with a time of sharing and worship, followed by lunch and departure.
The cost for weekend retreats is $210. To reserve a space, please send a $100 deposit with an application you can print from the application page, or pay on line by going to the application page and clicking on payment options.
Dinner on Friday at 7 pm is the first official gathering. You are welcome to arrive and settle in any time after 4 pm on Friday. The retreat will end by 2 pm on Sunday. It is important that you come on a weekend when you can stay for the whole retreat.