Women of Prayer, Women of Wisdom: Teresa, Julian, and Thérèse
This silent, women’s retreat will be led by Fr. Nicholas Amato, April 21-23. Each day will offer presentations and dialogue, daily Mass, time for sacrament of reconciliation and also spiritual direction. Both women and men today look for credible models who have integrated prayer and wisdom into their lifestyle. Teresa of Ávila, Julian of Norwich and Thérèse of Lisieux were such women. Teresa was a hard working mover and shaker; Julian, a spiritual guide to the hundreds who sought her out, and Thérèse a teacher on how to live with difficult people. Our silent retreat will focus on how each integrated her prayer and life into a response that was transformative. The silent nature of the retreat will allow for prayer and reflection, and time to draw from their example and experience a similar integration.
This retreat was originally advertised as “Mary of Nazareth”. The theme and presenter have changed, but the format of the weekend will remain the same.
Please note that this is a silent retreat for women. Check-in begins at 3pm on Friday, April 21. Dinner is served at 6pm and the retreat will begin after dinner. Silence begins after that presentation and continues (with exception of presentation times and personal appointments with Fr. Nicholas) until lunch on Sunday.
Father Nicholas is a regular retreat presenter here at Bon Secours. Father Nicholas is an associate member of Mepkin Trappist Abbey in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. He was ordained a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1970. For more that 20 years Father has served as a pastor there. He is a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Washington, D.C. He has taken part in extended sabbaticals in Rome, in Israel, and at Mepkin Abbey. Over the years, Father has served as adjunct faculty at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C., where he taught their Personal Spiritual Deepening Program in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Father has also served on the spiritual formation staff of St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring, a behavioral facility for clergy and religious with addictions and personality disorders. He is the creator of the Mepkin Priest Wellness Program. Father’s full-time ministry includes directing contemplative retreats, preaching parish missions, and offering days of recollection. He has Masters degrees in Counseling and in Theology, and a Doctorate in Educational Management. His latest book is Living in God: Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action, which is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. He is presently preparing a book to be published this fall entitled: Recapturing the Joy Beneath Your Stress.