Ursuline presentation “The Art of Simplicity” Feb. 3
The monthly Evening with an Ursuline presentation will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 3. “The Art of Simplicity” will be led by Ursuline Sister Amelia Stenger, the director of development for the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph. Jesus lived a life of simplicity. He taught through words and example that material things are not as important as loving your neighbor. In Matthew’s Gospel, we see, “Do not store up your yourselves treasure on earth. Store up treasures in heaven.” What is my treasure? Can we live simply in a world that is so complex and based on materialism? How much is enough? Can we find joy in simplicity? The time for the dinner and presentation is 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center (located 12 miles west of Owensboro on Hwy. 56). The cost is $15. Preregistration is required by contacting Kathy McCarty at 270-229-0206 or [email protected]. For a complete list of Evening dates and topics, visit www.ursulinesmsj.org and click on Conference & Retreat Center.
Ursuline Sisters hosting a tour Feb. 8 to celebrate Year of Consecrated Life
Have you always wanted the chance to ask an Ursuline Sister a question about her life, or visit the beautiful grounds at Maple Mount? At 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph are hosting a tour of the property and a chance to meet with some sisters to talk about their lives. This open house is part of a global celebration of 2015 being designated the “Year of Consecrated Life” by Pope Francis. This day is open to everyone. An inside tour, beginning in the Chapel, will be followed by a question and answer session with some sisters. Refreshments will be available, as well as a chance to visit the Gift Shop. Guests are welcome to stay for Eucharistic Adoration that begins at 4 p.m. in the Chapel. The Motherhouse is at 8001 Cummings Road, about 12 miles west of Owensboro along Kentucky 56. For more information, contact Dan Heckel at (270) 229-2007 or [email protected].
Yarn Spinning Weekend Feb. 20-22
All those who enjoy yarn spinning, weaving, knitting or crocheting are welcome to attend the Feb. 20-22 “Arts at the Mount” spinning weekend at Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center (located 12 miles west of Owensboro on Hwy. 56). All skill levels are welcome. The weekend will include workshops and relaxing time to work on your projects. Also planned for 2015 are spinning days on Saturday, May 9 and Aug. 8. For information on room rates or costs and to register, contact Kathy McCarty at 270-229-0206 or [email protected].
New St. Ignatian Retreat March 6-8
A silent retreat on March 6-8 based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola will allow participants to take time to dwell in the unchanging reality that we are loved just as we are, to listen to the call of God and God’s hopes for us and to respond more deeply from our hearts. Retreatants will develop deeper pathways to prayer, keener discernment, the ability to see God actively involved in the world and intimately involved with us in every moment and place. Saint Ignatius Loyola founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in the 16th century, in whose footsteps our beloved Jesuit Pope Francis follows.
The retreat director is Monica Armstrong, a student of Ignatian spirituality for more than 25 years. Monica attended the Jesuit University of San Francisco, worked at Manresa Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Angeles and has received training in the method of offering Ignatian retreats. She founded Mission of the Spirit in Knoxville, Tenn., in 2011 to bring Ignatian spirituality to the region through retreats, spiritual direction and workshops on prayer. She is a 2012 graduate of the Spiritual Direction Training Program at Mount Saint Joseph and serves on the coordinating team for the program.
The retreat begins Friday, March 6, with arrival between 3-5 p.m., followed by dinner and the first talk. The retreat continues all day Saturday, March 7, and concludes at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 8 The retreat takes place at Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center (located 12 miles west of Owensboro on Hwy. 56). The $180 fee includes meals and accommodations. Take 10 percent off the cost if paid in full by Feb. 6. Contact Kathy McCarty, 270-229-0206 or [email protected]. A retreat flyer can be found at www.ursulinesmsj.org under Conference and Retreat Center.
March 20-22 Women’s Retreat: “Holiness in Family Life”
“Holiness in Family Life: Lessons from Saint Monica and Elisabeth Leseur” will be the focus of a women’s retreat March 20–22 at Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center (located 12 miles west of Owensboro on Hwy. 56). The fourth-century Saint Monica and the 19th-century Elisabeth Leseur experienced family struggles firsthand. Saint Monica, famous for her faithful praying for the conversion of her son, Saint Augustine, lived with a violent and unfaithful husband. Neither her husband nor her son shared her faith for most of their time together. Elisabeth was married to an atheist, but her spiritual journals, left for him to read after her death, so moved him that he became a Christian and eventually a priest. Participants will learn about these two remarkably different women who were united in constant prayer that their loved ones would someday share their faith in Christ and love for the Church.
The retreat leader will be Sister Cheryl Clemons, OSU, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean at Brescia University in Owensboro. She has twice served her community, the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, in leadership, most recently as assistant congregational leader from 2004–2010. Sister Cheryl has taught a variety of theology, liturgy, spirituality and biblical courses, including Women in Christian Tradition and Women’s Spirituality. She holds a doctorate from The Catholic University of America in historical theology—systematics, with minors in women’s theology and medieval church history.
The retreat begins at 7 p.m. Friday and ends after lunch on Sunday. The retreat fee is $180 and includes materials, meals and accommodations. Commuters can attend for $130. Take 10 percent off the cost if paid in full by Feb. 20. To register or for more information, contact Kathy McCarty, 270-229-0206 or e-mail [email protected]. A limited number of scholarships are available. Contact Sister Ann McGrew at 270-229-0200.
A retreat brochure can be found online at www.ursulinesmsj.org under Conference and Retreat Center.