Women’s Lenten Retreat 2019
“The Beauty of Silence”
Details & Schedule
Oh, happy and most happy is the soul that merits to be drawn to God and by God, so that, through the unity of the Spirit in God, it loves God alone and not some personal good, and loves itself only in God … “That they may be one, even as we are one” (John 17:11)! This is the goal, this is the consummation, the perfection: peace, the joy of the Lord, joy in the Holy Spirit, this is the Silence in Heaven (cf. Rev. 8:1). – William of Saint Thierry
Please join us for a daylong retreat entitled, “The Beauty of Silence” on Saturday, April 6.
The goal of this retreat is to come together for a simple, slow, and substantive day. Throughout the day we will say Morning and Evening prayer together, attend Mass, and have two sessions on the topic of silence. The morning session will focus on “silence” itself; the afternoon session will focus on how Our Lord, in His ministry and passion, is an example of silence to us.
The day also gives room for us to practice stillness and prayer, through which we enter into silence. There will also be priests available to hear confession* during these hours of silence.
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Mothers and nursing babies are welcome! Childcare is available during times of silence so mothers can participate (please let Ann or Julie know if you plan to use childcare so they can plan accordingly).
Please let us know if you are able to attend by e-mailing Julie McDermott at [email protected]
Retreat Schedule (subject to minor changes)
8-9 a.m. – Participants can use this time to arrive and settle in, for prayer, quiet time, and a priest will be available to hear confession. (This time is optional)
9 a.m. – Retreat begins with Morning Prayer in the Nave
9:30 – 10 a.m. – Light continental breakfast and coffee/tea
10 a.m. – Morning Session, “Quieting our souls through Silence” (exact title TBD)
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Silence (priest available to hear confession*)
12:15 – 12:45 p.m. – Mass
12:45 – 1:15 p.m. – Free time (silence in the Nave, visiting in the Undercroft, walks, etc.)
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. – Lunch
2:15 p.m. – Afternoon Session, “Christ as our example of Silence” (exact title TBD)
3 – 4 p.m. – Silence (priest available to hear confession)
4 p.m. – Evening Prayer w/ Litany for the Passion
4:30 p.m. – Retreat concludes
*If you have never said confession before, you may use this time to meet with a priest and learn about confession (and schedule your first confession for a later date).