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OLC's Wellness Day

Wellness Day at Our Lady of Calvary

OLC’s Wellness Day is the perfect gift to give yourself or a special woman in your life.

OLC’s Wellness Day will begin with a class on Women’s Health Issues by Alicia Clendennin with recommendations regarding wellness support through the use of essential oils, CBD oil and supplements. Alicia’s talk will build on last year’s discussion, but you need not have attended last year’s presentation to benefit. Alecia Clendennin holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Southern Connecticut State University and a post-graduate certificate in Holistic Nursing from the University of Connecticut.

We will enjoy a healthy and delicious lunch prepared by Chef Bill.

Mary Hagadorn will lead an optional Move and Stretch Class early in the afternoon. Mary specializes in functional fitness and will demonstrate exercises that can easily be done at home to build strength, flexibility, and balance. Mary is a licensed massage therapist and a certified personal fitness trainer. She holds a B.S. in Nursing from Fairfield University.

Our final session of the day will be a BioSpiritual Focusing Workshop led by Kathy Irr. BioSpiritual Focusing is an invitation to a new perspective and approach to spirituality and spiritual growth that includes both the body and the mind. BioSpiritual Focusing offers a fresh and holistic approach to spiritual transformation and healthy, vibrant living. Kathleen Morrissey Irr is a Registered Nurse with over thirty years of experience working in the area of Psychiatric and High School Nursing. Kathy is an experienced retreat leader who specializes in the area of spiritual restoration and addictions, as well as Biospiritual Focusing. She is a certified spiritual director, having completed a four-year program at Mercy Center in Madison, CT. Kathy is a member of Spiritual Directors International.

You may wish to enjoy a massage as part of your wellness day. Massage appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling (860) 677-8519 or by using our online form.

Our Wellness Day makes a great girls’ day out to share with friends or family. Don’t be disappointed! Register early as seats are limited.

Register for this program by calling (860) 677-8519 or use the form below. You may also download and print Wellness Day.




Spirituality of Women for the Future of the Church

Join us for a reflection on Women and the Church sixty years on from Vatican II.

In an impromptu press conference on the return flight from the World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis said “… all we say is they can do this, they can do that, now they are altar servers, now they do the readings, ..but there is more! We need to develop a profound theology of the woman.”

Where is the Church in relation to women nearly sixty years after Vatican II?

Where are women in relation to the Church?

We will reflect on these questions based on church documents and present understanding and practice in light of the gifts of mind and heart that women can and do bring to Church ministry. Along with the presentation, you will be invited to some time for personal reflection and an opportunity to share your wisdom with one another.

This program includes lunch.

Sister Eileen Fucito, CP is an experienced retreat leader and spiritual director. She was a member of the retreat team at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center. Sister Eileen founded and then directed Our Lady, Queen of Peace Retreat Center in Dancyville, Tennessee for over 20 years. Currently, she serves as Congregational Leader of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion and is a member of Our Lady of Calvary’s Retreat Team.

Register for this program using the form below or call (860) 677-8519. You may also download and print Spirituality of Women for the Future of the Church


Our Lady of Calvary

Retreat Photos from this Weekend

Enjoy these photos from the retreat here at OLC this weekend. We had a full house!

This weekend we had women from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont here at OLC. Our retreat theme was, “Embracing Joy: Learning to Bear the Beams of Love.”

Friends and family arrived to join us for Mass followed by brunch at the conclusion of our retreat.

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An Announcement from Our Administrator

Dear Friends of Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center:

program directorIt 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

program directorIt 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

program directorSister 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.

Reception for Sister Ann Rodgers, CP
When: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: 2-4 pm
Where: Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center
RSVP By: May 9, 2016 by email: olcretreat@sbcglobal.net
or phone: 860-677-8519