Begin the new year by focusing on your path ahead and tuning into God’s voice. Our winter directed retreat consists of two whole days (3-night stay) 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. Check-in begins at 3pm on Friday and the retreat will begin after dinner. Guided by Jackie Antkowiak, Sr. Gail DeMaria and Sr. Bernadette Claps. Please indicate your preference for a spiritual director under the ‘special needs’ section below. This is a silent retreat.
Jackie Antkowiak is a writer, speaker, spiritual director, bereavement counselor, life coach, retreat director, and hospice volunteer. She is currently the spiritual advisor for 100+ Catholic Daughters of the Americas at her home parish. Since retiring from her Pastoral Associate position last year, Jackie fills her time with reading, speaking engagements, leading book/bible study groups and Small Christian Communities and does hospice work with Veterans.
Sr. Gail DeMaria, CSJP, is a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace and is a certified and experiences Spiritual Director. She helped create a Spiritual Direction Training Program for the Archdiocese of Newark, NF, and was on staff for many years. Sr. Gail has served in Congregation Leadership, has been the Director of Formation and served as Novice Director. Presently, Sr. Gail is engaged in offering spiritual direction and retreats, supervising spiritual directors and is the Co-Director for Associates of her Congregation.
Sister Bernadette Claps, a Sister of Bon Secours, provides spiritual direction and spiritual companionship at the Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours. She holds graduate certificates in Spiritual Direction, Spirituality and Aging. She has done graduate studies in theology and received a Master of Social Work from New York University.