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Sister Mary Ann was interviewed when OLC was on TV

OLC was on TV on Crossroads Magazine

OLC was on TV!

OLC was on TV on Sunday, July 21. Our Lady of Calvary has recently been featured on an episode of Crossroads Magazine, a production of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Radio & Television. This episode highlighted three retreat centers here in Connecticut; Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, Mercy Center and OLC. Hint: The part about retreat centers comes near the very end.

Administrator Ron Miceli and Program Director Sister Mary Ann Strain, CP were interviewed about OLC’s retreat ministry and about our HVAC renovation.

We are grateful to Fr. John Gatzak and the ORT Team for including OLC in this production.

annual appeal

Annual Appeal 2019

Dear Friends & Supporters,

Happy early summer and we hope this note finds you well!

We enjoyed seeing so many of you at our retreat weekends, and day and evening programs this past season. The attendance at our day programs is remarkable. Our Saturday morning program offerings continue to grow. Many new groups and organizations are coming to OLC to hold their retreats, meetings, and conferences. We are so gratified and grateful to see that our increased marketing and promotional efforts are really working and drawing many new faces to OLC!

We continue to need your help and you respond in so many ways. OLC is a self-sustaining non-profit entity. Your generosity, financially, and your time and talent truly support us. Our large, aging campus with several buildings surrounded by 12 wooded acres, in a pastoral setting, demands constant maintenance and upkeep. The operating costs for the Retreat Center are considerable and we are keeping up with needed modest improvements.

Your gift to the Annual Appeal this year will help bring reliable heating and air conditioning to our retreatant rooms and make OLC greener!

The long-awaited renovation to our heating and cooling systems is now beginning and will take place during the summer months. We are converting our systems from oil to natural gas, and adding air conditioning to all of the dormitory bedrooms. This is a major undertaking for OLC. These upgrades will allow OLC to be a year-round destination venue for retreats, meetings, and conferences. Our goal is to be an environmentally conscious and sustainability-minded organization. We have raised much of the needed funds, but are still in need to cover the significant cost of this project. Your help by donating to our Annual Appeal this year will help us get to the finish line and complete this endeavor.

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The gift that you make to the Annual Appeal helps us meet our expenses. We know how dearly many of you hold OLC in your hearts. We realize there are many different requests that you receive. Do what you are able to do within your means. No gift is too small or too large. Any gift you give is through the grace of God.

We would like to conclude the Annual Appeal by August 15th. You can donate online. Just click the red donate button at the bottom of this page. It will take you to our Donate page where you can make a tribute gift or tell us that your employer will match your donation.

May the Holy Spirit guide you accordingly. On behalf of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion and the dedicated staff at OLC, we sincerely Thank You!!

There’s a New Spirit at Our Lady of Calvary – Come Experience It!

Peace and Joy,

Ron Miceli                                             Gina Dolan
Administrator                                        Chair, Fundraising, and Development Committee

Men’s health is a family matter.

Men’s Health is a Family Matter

Men’s health is a family matter.

This is why Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Duplicate is hosting Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The screenings provided focus on vascular disease, a leading cause of illness, death and disability among men.

Screenings are fast, painless and affordable. Three key tests check for blocked carotid arteries, an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, and high blood pressure, which are the three leading risk factors for stroke. Nearly 800,000 strokes will occur this year, taking a life approximately every four minutes.

Other tests check for abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women. Many events also offer blood tests, including cholesterol, glucose and c-reactive protein screenings, as well as take-home colon cancer early detection tests.

Screening packages start at $139. Single tests cost around $70.

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-888-653-6441 or go to or text the word circle to 797979. Pre-registration is required.


Preparing for Lent at OLC

We will be offering three different programs during Lent this year. We hope that you can fit at least one into your schedule.

Click the title of each program to learn more and to register.

Lent: Stir Up the Spirit that is in You!

Saturday, March 9 @ 9:00 am1:30 pm – This Saturday morning program will use the Pope’s reflections from his latest Apostolic Exhortation “Rejoice and Be Glad” to open us more fully to the Spirit’s leading as we journey through Lent and through life. 

Presenter: Sister Mary O’Brien, CP
Includes lunch

Lenten Retreat Day 

Wednesday, March 20 @ 9:00 am2:00 pm – Take some time during this Lenten season to reflect on your understanding and living of forgiveness and reconciliation as it affects your life.

Bishop Peter Rosazza, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Hartford will be here to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass.

This Lenten Retreat Day will conclude with Mass in OLC’s chapel at 1:00 pm. Includes lunch.

Presenter: Sister Eileen Fucito, CP

Lenten Evening of Reflection: Memory and the Cross

Wednesday, March 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This Lenten Evening of Reflection will focus on three questions.
1. What as a Christian community do we remember of the Passion of Jesus?
2. Why do we remember it?
3. How do we remember it?

We will conclude our evening with Night Prayer

Presenter: Sister Mary Ann Strain, CP