The saints are more than plaster statues! They are down-to-earth models for meeting the daily challenges we face in our own lives. Perhaps two of the most common challenges in our growth in faith are living with monotony and living with difficult people. How is one to practice charity in the face of overwhelming odds in both areas? That will be the topic of our weekend retreat from October 26 – 28. We will look at the lives of two mystics, Brother Lawrence, who helps us live monotony in meaningful ways, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux, who shows us how to live with difficult people and turn them into friends. The day will offer concrete applications and answers to our own challenges in these areas. Come join us. Bring a friend. All are welcome. Guided by Fr. Nicholas Amato. You may check-in as early at 3pm on Friday. Dinner will be served at 6pm and the retreat will begin at 7pm. This will be a silent retreat.
Father Nicholas is a regular guide for retreats and days of recollection at our Center. A priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, he has been ordained 48 years, serving over 20 of them as a pastor. Father is a graduate of the Shalem Institute and has done three-month sabbaticals in Rome, in Israel, and at Mepkin (Trappist) Abbey in South Carolina. He served as adjunct faculty at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington and also on the Spiritual Formation staff at St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring. He leads contemplative directed retreats at Mepkin Trappist Abbey in South Carolina, and was Executive Director of its Priest Wellness Program. In addition to his retreat ministry, he has published two books: Living in God’s Presence: Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action and this year, Moving from Stress to Joy, both of which are available on Amazon. He has Masters degrees in Counseling and in Theology, and a Doctorate in Educational Management.