Our June directed retreat consists of six days of spiritual direction. Retreatants will meet with a spiritual director daily (or less if you desire) to reflect on God’s Presence and movement in your life as revealed in prayer, the events and relationships in your life and the response to God that is being made. The spiritual director may make suggestions (prayer forms, Scripture, reading materials, etc…) to support and deepen your awareness of and response to God. You will have this week of quiet and peace for personal reflection at our Center and around our beautiful grounds. Daily mass will also be offered.
This is a silent retreat. If you have a preference of spiritual directors listed below, please contact the Welcome Center at 410-442-3120 or indicate this interest in the ‘special needs’ section of the registration. Check-in begins at 3pm, dinner will be served at 6pm and the retreat will begin after dinner. Silence will begin at that time.
Sr. Ann Belmonte, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Hope and former elementary teacher who has ministered for the past 31 years as a Pastoral Associate in West Virginia. She now uses her gifts as a Spiritual Director and a leader of Days of Reflection and study. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Mt. St. Mary’s College, a Master’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Hunter College and also a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. Her ongoing formation includes workshops in Spirituality, Sacred Scripture, Hospice Care, Caregiving and issues of Justice and Peace.
After nearly twenty years as a missionary along the Yukon River in Northern Alaska, Fr. Patrick Bergquist turned to explore a wilderness far less chartered – that of the human spirit and soul. A diocesan priest of Fairbanks he holds Master of Divinity from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore Maryland, and two Certificates in Spiritual Direction, from the Hesychia School in Tucson Arizona, and the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University in Chicago – where he specialized in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Additionally, he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Literary Arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He’s a poet, a spiritual memoirist, and the author of The Long Dark Winter’s Night: Reflections of a Priest in a Time of Pain and Privilege, as well as various articles in publications such as Spiritual Life and America Magazine.
Ginny Novak is an experienced Spiritual Director/prayer companion and has served as an adjunct retreat director at Loyola House Retreat Center in Guelph, Ontario a and also for many years at Loyola Retreat Center in Faulkner, Maryland. Ginny is a wife, mother and grandmother. Her ministry often includes music and song prayer.