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Silent Retreat Overview - 2006

St. Francis 2006 Lenten Retreat
Friday, March 10th to Sunday, March 12th
Trinity Conference Center, West Cornwall, CT

Retreat Leaders:
Rev. Dr. John and Canon Caroline Westerhoff

Make All Things New

Caroline, an Episcopal lay woman, is an internationally known author, lecturer, consultant and retreat leader who began he career as a biologist. Now retired and writing full time, she worked for five bishops as canon for ministry in the Diocese of Atlanta. Having published Calling: A Song for the Baptized, Good Fences: The Boundaries of Hospitality and Transforming the Ordinary, her latest book is Make All Things New. John, an Episcopal priest, is presently priest associate and resident theologian at St. Anne’s in Atlanta and visiting professor of Christian ethics and moral theology at General Seminary in New York. With doctorates from Harvard and Columbia, he was formerly on the faculty of the Duke Divinity School, where he taught courses on spirituality and spiritual formation. His latest book is Living Faithfully as a Prayer Book People.

Weekend Theme: Make all things new. God has implanted in the human soul a quest for wholeness and health, holiness and peace. Lent is the season in which we reflect on our brokenness and sickness, incompleteness and estrangements, as we continue on our spiritual pilgrimage of living into our baptism and preparing for Easter, a season in which we celebrate God’s redemptive gift of new life. On this retreat, we will focus on what it means to be a soul, a human being, and confront the many temptations to deny or distort who we really are. We will explore, through prayer, theological reflection, stories, directed meditation and silence, salvation as healing and health, forgiveness and reconciliation, well-being and peace, holiness and righteousness.

The Trinity Conference Center Retreat Experience: Overlooking the Housatonic River in rural Litchfield County in northwestern Connecticut,the Center includes a small stone chapel and athoroughly modernized 19th century farmhouse with guest rooms, dining room, library and common areas. Walking trails in the woods along the river, a rambling road leading through an old covered bridge, buckets next to maple trees collecting the first of the early spring sap, a beautifully appointed great room with roaring fire, culinary fare to satisfy the most discriminating palate, and natural beauty from every vantage point create a unique opening for the healing power of prayer and meditation. The retreat begins with an early evening receptionon Friday followed by dinner, meditation and evening prayer in the chapel. On Saturday there will be prayers, meditation, meals and considerable free time for reading, reflection or exploring the town of West Cornwall or neighboring Kent or Litchfield. Sunday begins with a final meditation after breakfast, followed by the celebration of the Eucharist in the chapel, and a closing brunch. Retreat guests are quiet when in public rooms (except the chat room) from Friday evening after the meditation until Sunday following the celebration of the Eucharist.
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