Happiness & Joy: Does a Spiritual Life Include Both?

August 9 @ 3:00 pm - August 15 @ 1:00 pm

fall, catholic retreat, women religious

The story is told of the person who exerted lots of time, money and energy climbing the ladder that led to success and happiness only to find that when they got to the top, the ladder was against the wrong building!

Have you come to believe that where you’ve been by way of career, family life and social groups that you belong to, that there hasn’t been much of God doing the leading, as there has been your controlling the plan and creating the outcomes?

And is there some sense that where you’ve come to doesn’t satisfy the deeper longings you have for God and for God’s plan of joy for you?

If so, you are invited to join us for this 7-day retreat where we will take seriously God’s love for us, which gives rise to a deep understanding and love of others, and blossoms in a rippling effect that we initiate and that draws others into that love. Guided by Fr. Nicholas Amato.

This silent retreat will begin with check-in at 3pm. Dinner will be served at 6pm and then the retreat will begin at 7pm. Silence will end on Saturday before Mass. Lunch will be served before departure.

Father Nicholas is no stranger at Bon Secours and offers several retreats each year. In 2008 he became an Associate member of Mepkin Trappist Abbey and has offered retreats there over the years. He served more than 20 years as a pastor in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and is a graduate of the Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC.

He has studied at the Vatican and in Israel. He has served as adjunct faculty at the Shalem Institute and as a member of the Spiritual Formation Department at St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring. He has Masters degrees in Counseling and in Theology, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Administration. He is the author of Living in God: Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action (2016) and Moving from Stress to Joy (2018). In 2020 he will publish Seekers: One and All, which as his other books, will also be available from Amazon.

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Event Details

Start: August 9 @ 3:00 pm
End: August 15 @ 1:00 pm
Cost: $620
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Fr. Nicholas Amato

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