This retreat will gather the weekend of Palm (Passion) Sunday, which commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to enthusiastic reception. Less than a week later, he is left largely alone, betrayed and abandoned, to follow his Abba’s will for the outpouring of his life in self-gift for the world. Jesus shows us that the path of transformation usually embraces, in the words of Adrian van Kaam, “a from…through…to dynamic.” We start at one point on the journey, then are often thrust into darkness, such as an experience of loss or inner or outer turmoil, only to emerge with renewed and clarified vision and sense of identity on the other side.
What is currently waiting to be reborn and transformed in you? This silent Lenten retreat will include Scripture-based prayer and reflective presentations. Several sessions of centering prayer will be held each day as we allow the silence to open the ears of our hearts to what God is bringing forth within us for our own joy and the life of the world. Guided by Amy Kulesa. Check-in begins at 3pm and the retreat will begin after dinner. Silence will begin at that time. Mass will be available on Sunday before departure.
Amy Kulesa serves as the Director of Associates for the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA. She earned a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and an Master of Social Work in clinical social work practice from Rutgers University. She is a graduate of the Epiphany Certification Program from the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality in Pittsburgh, PA, and graduate of the Practice of Spiritual Direction Training Program at Bon Secours. She offers spiritual direction and enjoys facilitating retreats in which participants have the opportunity to discern the narrative of their own lives within the larger story of God’s abundant healing, grace and mercy.