Blessings on the Caregiver Path
A special series of retreats for Caregivers
Caregiver Support Group
This Support Group is designed to create a sacred space for caregivers who are currently providing care for others and are in need of opportunities for renewal and healing. Join us as we uncover and explore the many blessings of the Long Goodbye that are inherently present in caring for loved ones. As we reflect on the various stories shared among participants, validation, spiritual nourishment, and information are offered to empower caregivers present in the group. Techniques for self-care and uplifting spiritual exercises are included in each session to enhance the experience of those in attendance.
Uncovering the Blessings of the Long Goodbye: A Retreat Day for Caregivers
Spend the day being reaffirmed as a caregiver for someone with a long-term illness, including but not limited to dementia. Participants will be invited to engage in storytelling, prayer, meditation, and other exercises that validate the caregiver experience. This retreat will be tailored to uplift participants who may or may not necessarily provide hands-on care for their loved ones, but who are actively involved in their lives. Topics to be explored include compassion, burn-out, self-care, and spiritually naming experiences.
Dinner & Dialogue: Pope Francis & The Joy of the Gospel
As Pope Francis arrives at another year of his papacy, he has already accomplished such an incredible amount as Shepherd of our Church. During this program, we will focus on one of his inaugural works that has defined his papacy to date. His Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, prophetically yet naturally returns the world’s attention to uplifting the poor while discovering pure joy in living out the Gospel. Opportunities for participation in some creative and spiritual-oriented exercises around the text will be integrated into our dialogue. Prior reading of the text is not mandatory, but may prove beneficial.
Dinner & Dialogue: Thomas Merton
As Lent unfolds, take some time to explore what the grace of contemplation can add to your experience of God. Join us for dinner and dialogue as we consider Thomas Merton and his spiritual masterpiece entitled, New Seeds of Contemplation. A variety of the chief themes of this work will be discussed during this gathering while also having the opportunity for participation in some creative and spiritual-oriented exercises around the text. Prior reading of the text is not mandatory, but may prove beneficial.
Dinner & Dialogue: Richard Rohr
As we celebrate the Easter Season, take some time to explore how God is making all things new. Join us for dinner and dialogue as we consider Richard Rohr’s literary treasure entitled, Eager To Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi. A variety of the chief themes of this work will be discussed during this gathering, especially wholeness, simplicity and compassion. Opportunities for participation in some creative and spiritual-oriented exercises around the text will also be integrated. Prior reading of the text is not mandatory, but may prove beneficial.
Lenten Dinner & Dialogue: the Diary of Jesus Christ (by Bill Cain, SJ)
The Lenten Season is a fertile time within our faith to not only renew our foundational beliefs but to connect more authentically with the person of Jesus in our lives. With this appreciation, you are invited to join us for a delicious lunch and dialogue about Bill Cain’s recent literary work, The Diary of Jesus Christ. In this insightful text, the author vividly explores how paramount the use of religious imagination can be as followers of Jesus, particularly as a means of appreciating the humanness of the Son of God.
Exploration of this theme and the first-person point-of-view of Jesus will be emphasized throughout the program. While some background information about Ignatian spirituality and the use of imagination while reading the Gospels will be provided, opportunities for prayer, meditation, and some creative exercises around the text will also be integrated into our dialogue. Prior reading of the text is not mandatory, but may prove beneficial. Please bring a journal for use throughout the program.