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 of these women integrated her prayer and life situation into a response that was transformative. The silent nature of the retreat will allow for personal reflection, prayer, and time to draw from their modeling, a similar integration. There will be limited sharing in each session. Guided by Fr. Nicholas Amato.
Please note that this is a silent, women’s retreat. Check-in begins at 3pm. Dinner will be served at 6pm and then the retreat will begin.
Father Nicholas is a regular retreat presenter here at Bon Secours. He is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and was ordained in 1970. For more that 20 years Father has served as a pastor. He is a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and has taken part in extended sabbaticals in Rome, in Israel, and at Mepkin (Trappist) Abbey in South Carolina.
Father was the co-creator and Executive Director of the Mepkin Priest Wellness Program, offering clergy an extended program focusing on prayer, nutrition, exercise and community living. Serving as adjunct faculty at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C., he taught their Personal Spiritual Deepening Program. He has also served on the spiritual formation staff of St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring.
His full-time ministry includes directing contemplative retreats, preaching parish missions, and offering days of recollection. Two of his most recent books are Living in God: Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action (2016) and Moving from Stress to Joy(2018.) He is presently writing a book for those who consider themselves “spiritual, but not religious” which will deal with the stages of spiritual development, both inside and outside church structures. He has Masters degrees in Counseling and Theology, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Management.