As we move through the journey of grief, milestone dates and special holidays are often painful reminders of loss. This retreat day will be a sacred time for those struggling with grief to come together and be present for one another, to share prayer, silence, stories, and emotions as we traverse the Advent and Christmas seasons. The stories of Jesus’ nativity are filled with people struggling with change, loss, confusion and the mystery of the unknown, all of which are aspects of grief work. We will explore the intersection of the rich Biblical tradition with our own lives and experiences of loss during this day, and be reminded that this holy season is one in which we affirm the consoling presence of Emmanuel: God with Us. Guided by Amy Kulesa.
Amy Kulesa serves as the Director of Associates for the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA. She earned an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and an M.S.W. 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 is a Secular Franciscan. She 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.