Prayer Days for 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Includes lunch) $40.00
March 22, 2017 Lenten Prayer Day December 12, 2017 Advent Prayer Day
May 9 through May 12, 2017 “Paint Your Prayer” Sr. Fran Grady, SCL $400.00
Using the techniques of watercolor painting, this retreat will provide opportunities to pray and rejoice in the Divine Gift of our creative and artistic energy. Giving expression to creativity facilitates union with our Creator.
Sr. Fran Grady, of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth is a visual artist and director of Living Waters. She is an experienced retreat and spiritual director.
May 19 through 21, 2017 “A Single Sacred Community” Gail Worcelo,sum $250.00
During this retreat we will explore together the wonders of the Universe Story as revealed to us by modern science and the gems of Laudato Si as expressed by Pope Francis. This tapestry of science and spirituality will provide a framework for our cosmic weaving of a Single Sacred Community.
Gail Worcelo,sum is the co-foundress, along with the late Fr. Thomas Berry of Green Mountain Monastery in Greensboro, Vermont. Gail is an international retreat leader and director of programs on the theme of Evolutionary Christianity.
Cancelled ( due to illness)
June 15 through June 18, 2017 “The Silence of God” Anne Werdel, M.Th.Ca$200.00
Come away, rest awhile, and join others, beginners and non-beginners, on the journey into the Silence of God. The weekend will include practicing Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer and sharing in each other’s wisdom and grace.
Anne Werdel, M.Th. is a spouse, mother of five and grandmother of nine. She has a Masters Degree in Theology and spent ten years with her husband as Social Justice Ministers in a downtown parish where she currently facilitates a weekly Contemplative Prayer group. Anne and her husband led the JustFaith seminars for 4 years and she discovered Centering Prayer when there were not words enough for all that needed to be prayed for. It has made all the difference.
July 10 through July 15, 2017 “Reawakening Our Journey of Service in Today’s Church” Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, S.C.,Ph.D.
What kind of personal spirituality is needed to find fulfillment today? How might you, the seeking believer, contribute to enlarging your faith and spirituality in service of a struggling faith community? Through the work of several outstanding writers and thinkers in spirituality, and through the inspiration of the Gospel, we will explore how we can comfortably find our place and meaning in today’s challenge to be faithful.”
Sister Mary Ann Flannery, Ph.D., is a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati. She recently retired as Executive Director of the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, Ohio. Prior to that ministry Sr. Flannery served many years as a professor on the university level, as a congregational leader and as a free-lance journalist.
July 17 through July 23, 2017 “Letting the Message of Pope Francis Shape the Church I Live In” Fr. Andy Alexander, S.J. $485.00
Pope Francis’ message of hope and renewal is uplifting, but it can run into the reality of my own resistance to letting it transform my heart and it can be discouraged by the reality of the faith community I live in being divided. This is a retreat to let our hearts be filled with the joy of being loved and called. It will be a time to reflect on ways we can become a part of a renewed Church, even one that is still quite “on the way.” To do this we will reflect on our mission, individually and as a community. It will be a week to get away and encounter a renewed relationship with Jesus and a renewed way of being Church.
Andy Alexander, S.J., has served faculty and staff at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska for 20 years, helping them contribute to the mission of the Jesuit school. His background is in Ignatian Spirituality and giving retreats. He has served the Jesuit community as pastor of a parish. He is the co-creator of Creighton’s popular Online Ministries website. He has co-authored two books: Praying Lent and A Retreat in the Real World: Finding intimacy with God wherever you are.
August 13 through August 18, 2017 “Dream Retreat-Opening the Door to Inner Wisdom” Lynne Larson, M.A. $485.00
The Divine Creator formed us as beings who dream with purpose. Through the images and stories of our dreams we come to know ourselves better and are drawn to a closer relationship with God and the special path He has chosen for us. By integrating ancient dream wisdom and Christian tradition with cutting edge brain science, we will navigate the road of dream exploration using basic tools to help us remember, record and reflect. Join us as we weave together the many gifts of insight: dreams, journaling, prayer, guided imagery, intention and the logic of symbols. The retreat will include step-by-step guidelines to talk out your dreams and the opportunity for private consultation to discuss personal dreams.
Lynne Larson, M.A. has been formally trained in spiritual direction and is a long-time practitioner of centering prayer. With more than 40 years of experience involving thousands of dreams, she conducts dream workshops and works with individuals privately. She also
offers programs on Julian of Norwich and finds in the wisdom of the mystics a modern approach to heal the human condition through the constant awareness that God thirsts for us, loves us without blame and is present in all of his creation. She and her husband live in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
October 9 through October 15, 2017 October Nature Retreat Sr. Fran Grady, SCL and Rob Gudger $475.00
Celebrate the majestic beauty of the mountains as we prayerfully and reflectively experience God’s creative power and wisdom. Pope Francis has compellingly asked us to revisit our care, responsibility, respect and commitment to all of God’s creative giftedness and our interconnectedness to it. This will be the central focus of this retreat as we hear God speaking especially in the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.
Sr. Fran Grady, of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, a visual artist, is a retreat and spiritual director and director of Living Waters.
Rob Gudger is a wildlife biologist who has spent the last 25 years educating people about wildlife with a special emphasis and presentation on wolves.
2017 Hosted Retreats and Conferences
March 6 – 8 Men’s Retreat
March 12-17 Mount St. Joseph University
March 31- April 2 St. Matthew Parish RCIA
April 7 - 9 OCDS
April 21-23 Sisters For Christian Community
April 28 - 30 Men’s Retreat
May 18-21 The Oratory
August 1 - 3 Women’s Retreat
TBA Songs of our Spirits
August 28 - 30 Spirit of Vatican II
October 1 – 6 Priests of the Diocese of Charlotte
October 6 – 8 Diocesan Retreat for Gays & Lesbians
October 20 - 22 Men of Veritas
Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center offers year-round private and directed retreats. All are welcome, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex or handicap. Simply call us at (828) 926-3833 and make your request...
Living Waters website: www.catholicretreat.org
Living Waters is a ministry of the Diocese of Charlotte. We invite you to participate in our ministry. The fees requested for retreats cover only a portion of our costs. We depend on our generous benefactors to help maintain and improve our beautiful center.
Living Waters may be available to adult Christian groups who organize their own retreat event such as:
Parish groups/leaders retreat…
Men/women group retreats…
Couples marriage retreats…
Directed retreats are available with Sr. Fran Grady, SCL who is also available for spiritual direction.