Join Miryam, Mother of the Word Incarnate, and discover your soul sister! Hear her share her experience of joy and pain, discouragement and resurrection hope. Listen to her first person preaching, recounting her evolving and deepening life’s journey. Receive her personal scroll messages, encouraging you to incarnate God’s Word into your everyday life.
Sr. Mary Ellen O’Dea, OP, will lead this first person preaching retreat about Miryam. The presentations will explore the following areas of her life:
-Miryam’s context: ancient Galilee in Roman times–an occupied territory, settlement patterns, agricultural practices, economic forces, cultural influences, incidents of violence, religious affiliations
-Miryam’s annunciation: promises made to us by our God
-Miryam’s visitation: revolutionary character of the Magnificat
-Miryam’s physical birthing of Yeshua and three presentations: Hannah’s song, Miryam’s Magnificat, contemporary Magnificat, each praying for “those who have no wine…” via the Magnificat (opposing domination)
-Yeshua taught in parables: parables and more parables
-Crucifixion/Shabat/Passover/Haydala: Miryam in Ephesus, John’s writing of his Gospel using images of death as a portal to new life
-Yeshua gives His Spirit to all: gratitude to Miryam, Mother of the WORD Incarnate; blessing ritual
We look forward to bringing back Sr. Mary Ellen O’Dea for another exciting first-person story-telling experience. This is a women’s retreat. Check-in begins at 3pm, dinner will be served at 6pm and the retreat will begin after dinner.
Mary Ellen O’Dea, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa and life-long student of the scriptures. Her ministries have included teacher, principal, director of religious education, founder of family faith programs, coordinator of small faith communities in parishes and at universities, creator of feminist biblical interpretation studies, university campus chaplain, founder of The Magdala Project (a hands-on preaching-empowerment process), spirituality coordinator, preacher and retreat facilitator. Mary Ellen holds master’s degrees in religious education, in adult Christian community development, in university ministry and in biblical spirituality.