As I write this letter we are approaching the lazy days of summer. As you read it, we are all gearing up for a new school year and a new retreat season. But I must begin by taking a look back to share with you the departure of Debbie Novroski. As you may or may not realize, Debbie came to us in the capacity of Administrator back in March. However, health issues prevented her from continuing here at Our Lady of Calvary. We wish Debbie well and thank her for her limited service to the retreat house. So we are once again in the throes of searching for a new Administrator. We ask that you keep this intention in your prayers. I am confident that there is someone out there who will step in to assume this essential position. For the interim, I am attending to the administrative tasks.
I also want to thank Sister Pauline Semkow RSM for her outstanding ministry over these past fourteen years. Sister Pauline was a beloved member of our retreat team and her presence will be missed.
We are very excited about our new season and our new theme. It is our hope that this year’s retreat theme, “In Your Light We See Light” will inspire the many women who come through our doors this year. The process of developing a new theme is always such an awe-inspiring experience. This year was no exception. The presence of the Spirit has been amazing... I daresay, even tangible. We are confident that you will have the same experience.
The other exciting event will be the celebration of our 55th Anniversary. The celebration will take place on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Father Bob Joerger, CP, provincial leader of the Passionist Fathers, will be our main celebrant. The liturgy will be followed by a reception which will include a silent auction and a raffle. During this reception we will be drawing the grand prize winners of our Anniversary Club. If you didn’t get a chance to purchase a ticket, it is not too late, at least for the grand prizes. There is information regarding the drawing explained in the pages of this program guide.
As you read through these pages, you will note that there is much that is being offered. It is our hope that you will make a commitment to support these programs by your presence and by inviting others to come and be nourished. Our parish promoters work very hard to be sure that the good news of OLC is shared. However, we rely upon each and every one of you to be a promoter…to get the word out, to invite others to experience the gift that is being offered. We thank you for all you do to make this happen.
May God continue to bless you and your family. We look forward to seeing you in the near future.
Sister Joanne Fahey, CP