Surprising God, we thank you!
Have you ever thought about God as a God of surprises? Come and learn about those in Scripture who were surprised by God. Reflect on how God has surprised you in life. With grateful hearts, together let us give thanks to the God of surprises. Please bring your life stories about the God of surprises, your Bible and a journal.
Our Friends Day of Prayer retreats are held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Everyone is welcome to attend and you can drop into any month. It’s not required to attend every retreat. Everyone will gather for coffee and pastries for the first half hour. Sr. Ann will give a morning presentation, followed by Mass in the chapel, a delicious lunch, and then she will give an afternoon presentation. Free time will be offered to walk the labyrinth, spend quiet time in prayer or shop in the bookstore.
Sr. Ann Belmonte is a Dominican Sister of Hope and former elementary teacher who has ministered for the past 32 years as a Pastoral Associate in West Virginia and Virginia. She now uses her gifts as a spiritual director and a leader of days of reflection and study. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Mount St. Mary College, a Master’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Hunter College and also a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. Her ongoing formation includes workshops in Spirituality, Sacred Scripture, Hospice Care, Caregiving and issues of Justice and Peace.