Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Retreat & Artists

Pauline Cooperator Retreat in Boston September 23-26th

Over the weekend Sr Sharon Anne, Sr. Diane Leonard, Sr Mary Elizabeth, Sr Susan John and Sr Mary Lea joined sixteen Cooperators and young adults for a Pauline retreat themed – Paul’s Unshakable Hope. The name was Sr Mary Sophie’s inspiration and a few of the attendees said that was what attracted them to the event.  There were a few new people attending this year – a group of "artists" in the fields of television, music, singing, acting and film. After the retreat this group began planning a retreat for artists. Hopefully we will be able to schedule an artist retreat in 2011 and open it to people in the fields of entertainment and art.

The first morning a PowerPoint prayer “I am not ashamed of the gospel” and a prayer by Sr Bernarda to the Holy Spirit were used. Later in the morning the video of Fr. Tom Stegman (Part 2) on Paul was shown. An Oblate of Mary Immaculate, Fr. Mike Powell, was our retreat chaplain. Confession time was available before and after Mass. At 3:00 PM there was “Coffee with Fr. Jeffrey.” Since Fr. Jeffrey couldn’t make it a video of Fr. Jeffrey introducing Paul was viewed along with a piece of the DVD on the Gospel of John. The Hour of Adoration was a particularly contemplative time for all of us. During the day sisters took turns cooking, cleaning, listening, etc. The weekend concluded with a marvelous spaghetti dinner cooked by Felice Bocella and Sr Elizabeth Tebo. Sr Susan John provided some fantastic food for the weekend fresh from market day. Friends and Cooperators brought brownies, bean salads, and cakes. These acts of sharing, silence and resting in God brought about a desire to live Christ as Paul lived Christ.

Here are some of the evaluations of the retreat weekend.

Thank you. I am very blessed. Wonderful to be in the presence of the Lord in such rich ways, adoration, prayer, word spoken, community and individually…music.
It was a very wonderful retreat. Renewed my body and soul. Wonderful experience in the Lord.
I had a powerful experience. I wanted to touch, see, taste, and hear Christ and I did. A big thank you to the sisters and the Pauline Cooperators!
First THANK YOU, It was a wonderful weekend!!!  Just an enormous blessing!!

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