IN THE IRISH COUNTRYSIDE
WHEN THE MERCY SISTERS founded Galilee Spirituality Centre in 2001 inthe Irish countryside, they saw it more asa place for spiritual development than forovernight retreats. It does have two roomsfor overnight visitors, but its emphasis is onday programs for up to 35 people, offeredin a peaceful countryside environmentthat promotes prayer and faith formation.
Both are priorities for the congregation. Tothat end, the center invites the public in forregularly scheduled morning and eveningprayer, mindfulness meditation, reflectionon the Sunday readings, and Taizé prayer. Professional ministers regularly gather at the center for group reflection.Other times groups develop programs working with the center’s staff, which includes three Mercy sisters. The center’s“quiet garden” is a draw for those who want to experience God in nature. Care for creation is another priority for theMercy Sisters, and it factors into programs such as an annual climate conference. WEBSITE: GALILEE.IE
A WARM FAMILY WELCOME FOR TEXAS RETREATANTS
WHEN THE SISTERS of the Holy Family of Nazareth opened the Nazareth Retreat Center in 2009, they strategically chose a spot between Fort Worth and Dallas because people in the region had no easy access to a retreat house. Todayit offers a wide range of themed group, private, and directed retreats. In keeping with the sister’s emphasis on family liferenewal, prospective retreatants can go online to “build their own retreat,” with options including “family faith sharing andrenewal,” “building up family strengths,” “engaged couple retreat,” and “Catholic blueprint for a loving marriage.” The goalof the retreat center, says Sister Francesca Witkowska, C.S.F.N., its mission and ministry director, is “to create a sense of‘coming home’ for each retreatant through deep listening and responding to Christ’s presence among us.”
SISTER Emmanuela Le,C.S.F.N. leads a retreatat Nazareth RetreatCenter for young womenreflecting on their vocation.
COUR TES Y OF NAZARE TH RE TREAT CENTER
A VIEW out thewindow of the GalileeSpirituality Centre inCounty Roscommon,Ireland.