Cenacle Retreat in Daily Life – 2017
“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day.” —Pope Francis –The Joy of the Gospel
The Cenacle Retreat in Daily Life Team gathered at the Cenacle in Waikanae at the end of November to reflect on their ministry of the year and to prepare for 2017. We were aware of the many uncertainties and vulnerabilities which people face: earthquakes, floods and their consequences regarding buildings, dislocation of communities, jobs, insurance costs, health concerns and limitations, social and spiritual loss and global uncertainties.
As we considered 2016 from the perspective of the Retreats in Daily Life, we felt gratitude for the participants who committed themselves to a week of guided prayer. As one person expressed it “wrinkles fell away”, there was the “thrill of discovering the person of Jesus in a new way”, and for others, issues resolved by praying the Gospel in the midst of everyday life. “I was aware of changes in myself as I went to work as the retreat progressed; I became less protective of my own time and more generous to others at my work”. These retreats which are an adaption of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola continue to be a powerful experience in people’s lives.
It is a privilege for the Team to enter into the faith community of a parish, be warmly welcomed there, and accompany people in a retreat.
The Team is offering some shorter events in 2017 and are available for:
- In your parish area or school- A Day or Evening of Reflection focussed on a particular theme (e.g. Lent, Advent, Creation Day, World Day of Prayer for Peace)
- A day or evening focussed on Being Human in a Time of Uncertainty
- Our Lady of Kapiti Parish Retreat in Daily Life is Sunday 11 June – Friday 16 June 2017.
Members of the Team are: Margaret Butler OP, Merle Hiscock RNDM, Graham Millar, Cenacle Companions Mrs Ronnie Parton & Mrs Merle Whiteman and Cenacle Sisters Mary J Kay, Clare O’Connor and Anne Powell.
Contact Sisters Clare O’Connor or Anne Powell for further information: