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TRANSFIGURED AND TRANSFORMED

The process of transformation is powered by the grace of God when we are intentional about turning over to God all the pieces of our lives. This mission focuses on ways that we can cooperate in the process of personal transformation. Sessions will illustrate Gospel-prayer as a vital tool in the transformation process and recommend Mary and the saints as mentors and models of transformation.

MARY – MOTHER, MODEL AND MENTOR

Mission-participants will journey with Mary through the seven sorrows of her life… learning that all of life's events – even suffering -- hold the potential of personal transformation, even suffering. (Conference remarks will integrate reflections of Joyce Rupp (1999), Your Sorrow is My Sorrow.)

MARY-WAYS FOR PAIN-FILLED DAYS

This retreat identifies core characteristics of Gospel-Gardeners who are charged by God to contribute to the soulful formation of students. The day offers the term GARDENER as an action-acronym. Each alphabet letter represents a verb-term that will be "unpacked" via a powerpoint presentation and conference. Other activities include musical reflection, small group discussion of Gospel wisdom, guided suggestions for personal prayer time, and a plan-o-gram for professional gardens!

THE ADVENT JOURNEY TO JESUS

Conference, contemplation, personal sharing, and guided imagery will focus on DESERT places of the heart and soul. Participants will accompany the ADVENT FIGURES (Mary of Nazareth, Elizabeth of Judah, John the Baptist); and identify with other scripture-figures (angels, shepherds, Herod, Wise-men) on the Advent journey.

A LENTEN FASTING THAT LEADS TO LIFE

Lenten fasting is intended as an opportunity for LIFE-SEEKERS to Choose Life to the Full. Abstinence and portion control of food is but one aspect of fasting. This mission situates participants within a scriptural context: to name life-giving and life-blocking behaviors, to define fasting in terms of Isaiah 58, to apply creative thinking to the practice of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, and to identify personal issues that are in need of conversion. This interactive presentation introduces a variety of prayerful techniques aimed at experiencing God through the experiences of one's life. Prayer forms are the kindling wood that feeds the fire of adult prayer life and enriches classroom environments.


EUCHARIST IN TIMES OF FEAST AND FAMINE

Eucharist is food for the journey during all seasons – times of feast and, particularly, in times of famine, failure, or desolation. This mission utilizes conference, private reflection, song, guided meditation, and corporate prayer to celebrate the gift of Eucharist. (For each session participants need a copy of the New Testament, a retreat packet and a pen/pencil.)

KINDLING WOOD FOR THE FIRE

This mission focuses on creative ways to pray with the Gospels. Prayer "happens" the Word of God intersects with your human experience. Participants will be exposed to a variety of prayer exercises guaranteed to animate their spiritual life! The prayer exercises include: Centering Prayer, Meditation, Scripture Journaling, Surfacing Prayer, Bubble Prayer, Prayer of the Imagination [Continuing the Gospel Narrative, Character Dialogue, Character Letter Writing] and Appointment Prayer.