A Mothers Retreat
May 10 @ 7:00 pm - May 11 @ 4:00 pm
Join us for a Retreat for mothers of all ages, from new mothers with babies to empty nesters and grandmothers. The retreat will begin at 7pm on Friday evening with an opening session by Fr. Rick Ganz (including dessert!). Participants will leave at 9pm and go home for the night, and then return in the morning at 8:30am to continue the Retreat. The Retreat will conclude by 4:30pm on Saturday afternoon when participants will return home to continue in “Retreat mode” with their families.
The annual Mothers Retreat in early May is the “first half”, if you will, of the annual Fathers’ Retreat given each year in June. And what is “best” (though of course not necessary) is that a mom attends the Retreat in May and her husband attends the Retreat in June – a mutual enriching of both in their foundational roles in society as parents. As a “Retreat”, both retreats have the same end: to invite and make possible for the retreatants an encounter with God of greater depth and beauty than normal, done in silence both alone and with the other retreatants, and guided through Talks and Conversations and in Quiet into fresh ways of considering in Christ the meaning and practice of each one’s identity as man, as woman, and in their roles as father and mother.
The structure of the Mothers Retreat is skillfully in the hands of Fr. Ganz, SJ, who has special gifts and capacities at knowing how to lead a group into the depths in accessible, surprising, and widely enriching ways. Enjoy some time “set aside” for you with God, and with other mothers who are doing this also – on the weekend before the celebration of Mother’s Day. Marilynne Robinson, the celebrated novelist, wrote, in her novel Gilead (2004): “Sometimes I have loved the peacefulness of an ordinary Sunday. It is like standing in a newly planted garden after a warm rain. You can feel the silent and invisible life.” Or again, “Nothing true can be said about God from a posture of defense.” And Alice Walker in her highly esteemed The Color Purple (1982) – “I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering ‘bout the big things and asking ‘bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love.”
Please RSVP below so that we can add you to the attendee list and keep you updated on details. There is no set Retreat “fee” (we do not want anyone to be excluded due to a cost!), but any donations to the Faber Institute would be appreciated.