Lourdes Wellness, a division of Lourdes Health System in New Jersey, will sponsor its Sixth Annual Assisi, Italy Event from OCTOBER 28 to NOVEMBER 4, 2015: A PILGRIMAGE RETREAT to honor the 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth in 2015.
Join Marianne Hieb, RSM and Helen Owens, OSF, along with special guest facilitator, Jonathan Montaldo, for eight days in Assisi, Italy. In community and in solitude we will celebrate Merton’s centenary year by reflecting on the monk and spiritual writer’s deep relationship with Saint Francis of Assisi and Franciscan spirituality.
We will explore the Umbrian countryside in the season leading to the holy feasts of All Saints and All Souls while meditating on “all our relations in Christ.” The retreat’s themes will deepen our appreciation of the holiness of our friendships and those who companion with us as we journey through our every day lives.
Marianne Hieb, a Sister of Mercy with a doctorate in Ministry, is an artist, art therapist, and a retreat and spiritual director. She facilitates Spirituality, Creativity and Wellness programs through Lourdes Wellness Services. She is the author of Inner Journeying through Art-Journaling and creator of the Encirclings Sculpture series.
Helen Owens, a Franciscan sister with a doctorate in Ministry, is a nurse and missionary. She is the former Vice-President of Mission for Lourdes Health System and is the founder of Lourdes Wellness Center. She integrates wholistic spirituality and wellness into her spiritual ministry. She has an Integrative Nurse Coaching practice at Lourdes Wellness Services.
Jonathan Montaldo is a retreat and workshop leader, an editor of Merton’s writings and a former director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University. He most recently edited a volume of over a hundred reflections by international contributors that honors Merton’s centenary: We Are Already One: Thomas Merton’s Message of Hope.
Registration is limited so act soon! For a complete brochure of the retreat visit www.LourdesWellnessCenter.org or call (856)-869-8190 and ask for Beverly.
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