Dear Friends of Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center:
It is with sincere appreciation, thankfulness and love that OLC announces the departure of Sister Ann Rodgers, CP as our Program Director and welcomes Sister Mary Ann Strain, CP as our new Program Director. These changes are effective May 1st, 2016. Please see below.
Letter from Sister Ann Rodgers, CP
April 14, 2016
“I always thank God for you because of God’s grace given you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Corinthians 1:4
It is with heartfelt gratitude that I write this greeting to you. I have been with so many of you for so long that it’s hard to put into words what my heart and mind are feeling as I try to write about my leaving Our Lady of Calvary. My years here have been a time of grace and blessing. As I came to know you I also came to know myself better and to be led to the ministry of Spiritual Direction by your invitation to companion you. There have been so many themes and beautiful programs that we have shared and memories of times of laughter and times of tears that I carry in my heart. However, for my health, it seems the right time to bid you farewell for now. I’ll be trying to take care of myself the way we always invite you to do.
Sister Mary Ann Strain, CP will be taking up the position of Program Director. I know you will be as kind to her as you have been with me.
Know that you will be forever in my prayers and that I hope to see you as time goes by. May God bless each of you with every blessing you need to continue to know God and see God all around you.
With much love, hugs and prayers,
Sister Ann Rodgers, CP
Appointment of Sister Mary Ann Strain, CP as the new Program Director at OLC
Sister Mary Ann Strain, C.P. entered the Sisters of the Cross and Passion in 1977 and was professed in 1979. She holds a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Providence College.
Sister Mary Ann has spent most of her religious life in retreat ministry; as Program Director here at OLC, on the Passionist Preaching band, preaching parish missions throughout the United States, and as a member of the retreat team at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center.
Other experiences have included teaching, representing the Passionist Family at the United Nations and working in organizational development and as a social media manager for non-profit clients.
“I am excited to be returning to OLC at this important time and am looking forward to working hard to develop new programs that answer the needs of people today to de-stress and re-connect with God. I also hope to make sure that everyone in Connecticut has heard about OLC!”
Reception to Honor Sister Ann Rodgers, CP
To honor Sister Ann Rodgers, CP for her many years of giving and service to the OLC Retreat Ministry, there will be a Reception held in her honor so her many friends that she has touched through the years may come and wish her the best in person. Please see the details below.