golf tournament

Photos from Our Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament Photos

Please enjoy these photos taken at OLC’s 17th Annual Golf Tournament at Tunxis Plantation Country Club on Thursday, May 25.

We would like to thank Fr. Thomas Barry of St. Patrick’s Parish here in Farmington for starting our day off by celebrating Mass at OLC. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of all our sponsors, supporters, golf committee and volunteers. We give special recognition to Bill Husic, Golf Committee Chair and President of OLC’s Board of Trustees whose hard work and tireless dedication has made OLC’s golf tournament such a great event and outstanding success.

Finally, thanks to everyone who turned out for golf and the awards dinner with good spirits despite the rain and made our day fun-filled and successful.


Summer at OLC Retreat Center

Welcome to summer at OLC!

We are looking forward to a fun and vibrant summer here at OLC. We have programing scheduled through July. We hope that you will join us for at least one event during the summer months!

All summer programs will take place in air conditioned areas of the retreat center.

You can register on our website or call us at OLC at 860.677. 8519.

Dinner: 6:00 pm
Program: 7:00 pm
The story of the Canaanite woman’s encounter with Jesus contains a powerful message for women today:  that speaking up for what really matters can be transformative.  This two-part series being held at Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center in Farmington on June 7 and June 14, 2017 will offer opportunity to get in touch with your own wisdom and experience and to reflect on some “mouthy” women of Church history, such as Catherine of Siena. Costs for each evening are $15 for dinner at 6:00 pm and $25 for 7:00-9:00 pm presentation by Joan Kennedy.

Dinner: 6:00 pm
Program: 7:00 pm
Dive into Chef Bill’s mouth-watering tacos, then join Bryan Daly for an exploration in water colors at Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center in Farmington on June 21, 2017. Together, you will work to create a simple watercolor landscape while learning how to mix color and to create reflections and sunset glow. Offering is $15 for Taco Dinner at 6:00; $30 for Watercolor Workshop from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

SILENT RETREATS - June 22 @ 5:00 pm - June 29 @ 12:00 pm
Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center in Farmington is offering three silent retreat options during the week of June 22, 2017. A Directed Retreat provides opportunity to meet daily one on one with a spiritual director.  Retreatants may choose to devote either the entire week from June 22 to June 29 to their retreat, or choose the shorter period from June 22 to June 25. The Center is also offering a silent retreat with the theme Embracing Joy: Learning to Bear the Beams of Love from June 22 to 25.

PAINT AND SIP - July 12, 2017
Program: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join Bryan Daly for a Paint and Sip evening on July 12, 2017 at Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center in Farmington from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. You will learn various acrylic paint techniques as you create your own diptych (two-part) painting of a lotus blossom. Offering of $60 includes all materials and refreshments.

Dinner: 6:00 pm
Program: 7:00 pm
God’s paintbrush follows us throughout our life’s journey if we are open to the swish of the paintbrush, the blending, the softening created by the Master.  This evening presentation at Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center in Farmington on July  19, 2017 will include a short presentation by Noranne Warmester, a time of reflection, a guided meditation and a contemplative time to paint your own tilted bowl. Offering is $15 for dinner at 6:00 pm; $25 for program from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Dinner: 6:00 pm
Program: 7:00 pm
When Pope Francis addressed a Joint Session of Congress in 2015 he singled out Thomas Merton as one of “four great Americans.” On July 26, 2017 at Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center in Farmington Mike Smoolca will present a program that reviews Merton’s spiritual journey with a particular focus on his Christian spirituality leading to an openness to interreligious dialogue. Offering is $15 for dinner at 6:00 pm; $25 for program from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

There's a New Spirit at OLC!


Skip the Latte! Give $10 on the 10th

Skip the latte!

Ten was Sue’s favorite number.

Ten dollars.

What does that mean to you?

A couple of lattes?

Lunch out with friends?

A nice glass of wine at your favorite restaurant?

But when hundreds of people invest $10 each in OLC. . .  just IMAGINE the possibilities!

When you donate $10 on the 10th of each month (or whatever you can) to OLC, we can plan improvements to our facility that will make your retreat experience better; better mattresses, better sound system, even better heating and cooling for our building.

So, please, this month, skip the latte. Donate $10 on the 10th.

OLC Thanks you

$10 on the 10th

(To set up a monthly donation, click the box next to "I would like this donation to automatically repeat each month," under the amount of your donation.)


A Faith Perspective

The first thing I do each day is to feed my cat, Abby. Then, in the stillness of the early morning, I begin my prayer ritual and writing routine. It lasts about an hour. I pray to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Lady of Lourdes, and to St. Anthony and St. Jude, among other saints. I also read a passage from the Daily Word, a Christian publication. Abby brushes up against my legs as light slowly filters through the living room windows. I have a conversation with God in which I voice my petitions but also thank Him for His many blessings. I feel peaceful and serene.

I also keep a Gratitude journal in which I write down the things I am grateful for. At the top of the list are my family (including Abby), my friends, my co-workers, and supporters. I am grateful for big and small things. I am grateful for each day and for good health and happiness.

I record my thoughts and feelings in a separate, bound journal. I write about what is going on in my life now and make plans for the future. I have been keeping journals since 1979 (with the exception of a few years). My closets and storage area are filled with boxes of journals.

My morning routine has helped me recover from bi-polar disorder, which has spanned forty years. I use my journals to write about my struggles, hopes and dreams, and joys. I am calmer when I pray and write and better able to face the world.

Bi-polar illness is characterized by extreme mood swings which can be debilitating at times. It can zap my energy and make me immobile.  Over the years, I’ve had 22 hospitalizations. But, my faith is central to my recovery. God heals all wounds. I pray continuously throughout the day. Being in recovery is a prerequisite for my human service position.

In 2000, I began work as a peer support assistant for Chrysalis Center, located in Hartford. A stable work environment allowed me to, not only grow, but to thrive. I have been working there for the past 17 years. My prayer ritual and writing routine have proved to be invaluable. I am calmer at work and I handle stress better. I work in a busy unit. My spiritual director calls me the “face of Christ,” though, because I listen to the clients’ stories and serve as a role model for them. In this way, my work is also a form of prayer.

By: Debra Deptula


May at Our Lady of Calvary

Happy Easter!

May the Joy of the Risen Christ be present in your families and all those you know. This is such a special time of our year. Let’s journey together in the light of Christ as we move towards Pentecost!

We just finished up our Theme Retreat Season for 2016-17. It was a truly wonderful season for our retreatants. We enjoyed having you with us each weekend. When you are here, OLC comes alive!

There is still lots of activity going on right through July. Take a look below at some of the exciting programs coming up in May. Please register soon as the programs are beginning to fill.

Choose Joy

Presenter: JoAnne Ceccarelli Egan, M.T.S; LCSW
May 3, 2017
Dinner: 6:00 pm
Program: 7:00-9:00 pm

You can choose to be happy and joyful. You can live a joyful life, no matter what is going on around you. In this evening’s presentation, you will discover ways to return to “childlike joy”, and change the way you view life. You will uncover the unhelpful habits and pitfalls that rob you of joy. More importantly, you will learn some easy ways to change your thought pattern, and develop some customs that help you be more serene. Join us and liberate the joyful person within as you begin to see happiness and wonder in each moment.

Click the link for more information and to register:

Images of God
images of god

Presenter Sheri Dursin
May 10, 2017
Dinner: 6:00 pm
Program: 7:00-9:00 pm

Join Sheri Dursin as she explores four images of God found is Scripture that can inform and inspire your faith; God as Light, God as our Shepherd, God as our Rock, and God as Living Water. This evening retreat includes a presentation, prayer, music, time for silent reflection, and time for optional sharing.

Call (860) 677-8519 or click the link for more information and to register:

Responding to Life’s Ordinary “Whatever” Moments

Presenter: Sister Pauline Semkow, RSM
May 17 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Includes lunch

A morning to look lovingly, gently and without judgment at how we welcome, embrace, accept and discover what these moments offer us. Program includes input, quiet reflection time, sharing, and prayer.

Call (860) 677-8519 or click the link for more information and to register:

Healing Oils of the Bible
healing oils

Presenter: Alicia Clendennin
May 24, 2017
Dinner: 6:00 pm
Program: 7:00-9:00 pm

Essential oils have been an integral part of the daily lives of people for over ten thousand years. They have been used to support the body, mind and spirit since before the time of record keeping as we know it. In this workshop, we will focus on the twelve oils mentioned most frequently in the Bible. We will learn the Bible verses that reference these oils and we will compare how they were used in Biblical time with how they are used today.

Call (860) 677-8519 or click the link for more information and to register:

The month of May also brings us the OLC Golf Tournament. This year the tournament is on  Thursday, May 25th at Tunxis Plantation Country Club in Farmington, CT. Register online or give us a call at OLC.

There’s a New Spirit at OLC!

Hope to see you here soon.

With the Peace & Joy of Easter,

Ron Miceli