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Men’s Retreat: Self-Compassion and Self Forgiveness
February 10 @ 9:00 am - February 11 @ 12:00 pm$175
Compassion is commonly defined as sensitivity to the experience of other’s suffering accompanied with a deep desire to alleviate that suffering. Forgiveness means to liberate, to release from bondage; it means to let someone go free. As disciples of compassion, comfort and care, we need to tap into our well of intellectual, spiritual and emotional wisdom regarding self-care, self-compassion and self-forgiveness. We need to examine and talk about how to free ourselves from the inner grief, pain and hurts that lead to self-rejection, govern our behavior, and make us act inhumanely towards ourselves and others.
The retreat is intended to assist spiritual seekers to accept themselves as they are. It will assist us to grow in self-love, self-compassion, and learn how to forgive ourselves so we can open our hearts to become more understanding, accepting, compassionate, and forgiving of ourselves and others.
Your friends and family are welcome to join you for Sunday Brunch at noon. Make reservations for them when you register.
Fr. Warren J. Savage is a priest of the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts. He is an international and national speaker, lecturer, and mission preacher. Fr. Savage has served as a parish priest, dean, educator, spiritual director, and administrator throughout Western Massachusetts, and is currently on the faculty for the Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Formation Program and the Religious Studies Department of the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, MA. Fr. Savage serves as the Catholic Chaplain at Westfield State University, Westfield, MA and Amherst College, Amherst, MA.
A member of the Academy of Homiletics, Fr. Savage is also a member of The Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and a member and the past Vice President of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus. He has been involved in prison ministry and in ministry with people living with HIV/AIDS. He has done extensive work in the areas of lay ministry formation, youth ministry, social justice, anti-racism, multicultural and diversity training, and cross-cultural ministry in Africa and Central America. Preaching the Gospel of Love in ways that touch the daily lives of the people, and offering deep spiritual insight coupled with practical ways to reach out to others, Fr. Savage’s missions attract hundreds of people of all ages and from all walks of life.
Ron Miceli is the current OLC Administrator. He is a former entrepreneur, business owner, industry executive and politician. Ron and and his wife Sharon are the proud parents of their son Patrick and are enjoying their new role as grandparents.
Sister Mary Ann Strain, CP is the Program Director at OLC . She entered the Sisters of the Cross and Passion in 1977 and was professed in 1979. She holds a Masters Degree 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 in the 1980s, 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.
Register for this retreat by using the form below, or call 860-677.8519. You can also download and print: Men’s Retreat 2018