Sunday, June 18 thru Friday, June 23
Shalom Spirituality Center, Dubuque, Iowa
Facilitator: Pat Doody, OSF
How do I recognize God in my life? What brings me peace? How do I respond to the suffering in the world? Francis of Assisi walked a winding yet focused path during a troubled time in history filled with suffering, war, violence, economic uncertainty, and a struggling Church. Amid those tumultuous times, he embarked on a journey that transformed his own life and the world around him. With an unwavering commitment to the gospel and a profound awareness of God’s overflowing goodness reflected in all creation, Francis’ way of life led to faithfulness that continues to inspire more than 800 years later. During this week, we will journey with Francis and his early followers, including Clare and Bonaventure. Our prayer and reflection will offer a means of refreshing our relationship with God as we strive to live faithfully in our own uncertain and often volatile times.
$500 per person (includes program, overnight accommodations, and meals) or $375 per person for commuters (includes a comfortable space to rest and relax during your visit, program, and meals; no overnight accommodations); please register online at shalomretreats.org or by calling 563.582.3592 by June 9, 2023.
Since Shalom does not employ a dietician, and to best serve your dietary needs, please inform us of any diagnosed food allergies, including wheat & dairy (NOT food preferences), seven days in advance. If you have specific dietary needs, please contact Margie Gassman at 563-582-3592. In order to accommodate vegetarian & vegan diets, fruits & vegetables are served with every meal. Any food desired beyond a typical omnivore diet is the individual's responsibility.
Sr. Pat Doody, OSFOrganizer of Seeking the Center: Faithfulness in Troubled TimesOriginally from Atlanta, Ga., Sr. Pat Doody has been a Sister of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa, for 36 years. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis after five years of teaching English in Georgia public high schools. Sr. Pat’s background includes ministry as an English and theology teacher in Catholic secondary schools in Iowa and Chicago, parish faith formation director/pastoral associate in multi-cultural parishes in Chicago and Mississippi, and director of novices for the Third Order Regular Franciscan Common Novitiate in St. Louis. She served as a member of the congregation’s Franciscan Charism team working in vocation and formation ministries and most recently concluded ministry at Briar Cliff University, where she served as vice president for mission. She has a Ph.D. in Practical Theology from St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida, an M.Div. from Loyola University, Chicago, and an M.Ed. and B.A. from North Georgia College and State University. Sr. Pat currently lives in Alabama.
LocationShalom Spirituality Center, 1001 Davis Street, Dubuque, United States
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