We have heard from many spiritual writers that there are two stages of life. In the first, you “build the container,” which firmly establishes your sense of who you are in the world. This first stage grounds and sustains you. It offers you and your loved ones security, health, and a future. Then comes the switch into the second half of life, where you begin to consider the options for “filling” the container. This is the fruitfulness of your second half of your life.
In our 7-day silent directed retreat, we will gather each day to consider, not only these two stages, but an additional paradigm that seems to better serve the lifestyles and opportunities for folks 50 years and older. Many, though they have “retired” from their careers are living creative and fruitful lives well into their 70’s, and in some cases, beyond. If you find yourself longing for more creative activity, for options you haven’t yet considered, then a better understanding of these four stages of your life may be just what you are looking for. Come away for a week of input, reflection, prayer and possibilities. Guided by Fr. Nicholas Amato.
Please note that this is a silent retreat. Check-in begins at 3pm and dinner will be served at 6pm. The retreat will begin after dinner.
Father Nicholas Amato is a regular retreat presenter here at Bon Secours. He is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and was ordained in 1970. For more that 20 years Father has served as a pastor. He is a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and has taken part in extended sabbaticals in Rome, in Israel, and at Mepkin (Trappist) Abbey in South Carolina.
Father was the co-creator and Executive Director of the Mepkin Priest Wellness Program, offering clergy an extended program focusing on prayer, nutrition, exercise and community living. Serving as adjunct faculty at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C., he taught their Personal Spiritual Deepening Program. He has also served on the spiritual formation staff of St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring.
His full-time ministry includes directing contemplative retreats, preaching parish missions, and offering days of recollection. Two of his most recent books are Living in God: Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action (2016) and Moving from Stress to Joy(2018.) He is presently writing a book for those who consider themselves “spiritual, but not religious” which will deal with the stages of spiritual development, both inside and outside church structures. He has Masters degrees in Counseling and Theology, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Management.