This is the 18th annual Emmaus Retreat for LGBTQ Christians, their families, and friends at Jesuit Retreat House. LUKE 24: 13-35 tells us that two of Jesus' disciples met Him on the road to the village of Emmaus. The encounter renewed their hopes and sense of mission. Gay and lesbian Catholics continue to meet Jesus as they journey to the Kingdom. The Emmaus retreat is a time to encounter Christ and to share the journey together.
Rev. Keith Stuart is minister of Dover Center Congregational United Church of Christ in Westlake, Ohio.
Facilitated by Fr. Joseph A. Tetlow, S.J. and Carol Atwell Ackels
Friday, December 1
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Pope Francis has explicitly and repeatedly stated that discernment is essential for anyone who is a follower of Jesus Christ. But what, exactly, is discernment? Why must we do it? When do we do it? How should we do it? How are lay Christians to implement discernment into not only life’s big decisions but also into the everyday, more mundane choices we constantly find ourselves having to make? This evening will explore the dynamic interrelationship of head, heart, and hands, which is crucial to the discernment process.
Saturday, December 2
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
At the beginning of his new book, Always Discerning, Fr. Joe Tetlow, S.J. writes: "Discernment is a gift offered to everyone who believes in Jesus Christ. Discernment has become a constant in the lives of mature Christians. ... We still need the virtues of gentleness and self-mastery. But more than ever before, we need some other gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, knowledge, counsel, and understanding."
What exactly is discernment? Why must we do it? When do we do it? How should we do it? This daylong workshop retreat explores these questions and some answers. If prayer has grown more shallow than it could be, this day will offer some depths to plumb. If making the Examen has grown a bit vapid, there are some things to look into. And if you wonder how a mature disciple of Christ can sensibly live joyfully in a world of spite and hate, division and violence, this day will open a path.
Guided by Scripture, the words of Pope Francis, and Ignatian wisdom, we will learn the necessity and importance of the dynamic interrelationship of head, heart, and hands as crucial to the discernment process.
The day will proceed with input, sharing in triads, and plenary sessions for questions and discussion. We hope everyone will leave more keenly aware of how God has blessed our lifeworld with the gifts God has given each of us.
Carol Ackels is the Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute, a ministry of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Dallas, TX. A spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition, she serves as retreat director of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius in various formats at Jesuit Retreat Houses across the United States.
Joe Tetlow, SJ began giving Exercises in Daily Life in the early 1980s and his Choosing Christ in the World has been translated into several languages. He was president of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, associate editor of America magazine, and director of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House at Lake Dallas.
December 15 - 17
Friday at 6:00 pm - Sunday 11:00 am
A Recovery Retreat at Jesuit Retreat House is a time to nurture your serenity, experience a re-awakening, and find the strength to work the steps of recovery. There will be daily conferences, time for prayer and reflection, a healing service, and Mass.
December 31 - January 1
6:00 pm Sunday Dinner - Monday 11:00 am
New Year’s Eve is a threshold moment - an ideal time to stop and reflect and pray in gratitude for the blessings of the past year, and to look with renewed hope upon the life and possibilities of a new year. What would I like to thank God for? How can I best center my life to begin this new year? Let’s come together for meaningful reflection and uplifting conversation.
Includes Mass and time for private reflection and discussion.
Presented by Sr. Mary Ann Flannery S.C., Margaret Vogel & Sister Jeanne Tighe
The concept of ‘Loving Kindness’ is gaining much attention among all religions although it stems from an Eastern concept applied to meditative prayer. We will explore the Gospels for their richness in this virtue, discuss how we can pray with Loving Kindness and grow deeper in it as we apply it in our lives. We will also explore writers and spiritual leaders, chief among them Pope Francis, to determine how kindness made them more peaceful in times of duress and challenge. And kindness can do the same for us. So get ready for a wonderful retreat!