Read About a Recent Catholic Busy Woman Retreat

by Sister Anne Marie Lom on January 25, 2013

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity, Sister Anne Marie Lom, spiritual director at St. Raphael Parish, Oshkosh, WI, planned and facilitated a Catholic Busy Woman’s Retreat in January. Read about the experience through her eyes.

The recent January Busy Woman Retreat’s theme was Mary, Living in Wisdom, Age and Grace. The moving and realistic story of Mary as a child in her home and at the temple, as a young woman, virgin/mother, disciple and queen was narrated by Lyn Zahorik, a member of the staff of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Oshkosh.

The experienced began with prayerful Tai Chi movement lead by Leanore Rommelfanger, wife, mother, friend and spiritual director. This body prayer was followed by a prayer service dedicating the retreat to Mary. This time served to inspire the women and offered opportunity for private reflection. Gretchen Herrmann provided soothing flute music during reflection and transition times. The Jesuit Retreat House, Oshkosh, located on beautiful Lake Winnebago, afforded the perfect setting for a night time retreat on January 22 and a morning session on January 23.

A total of 100 women attended the two hour retreat designed specifically for busy women who desire to pray, reflect and experience the support of other like-minded women. The staff of St. Raphael Parish, Oshkosh was generous in offering assistance with the retreat.

6 thoughts on “Read About a Recent Catholic Busy Woman Retreat”

  1. This was an experience that left me feeling that the Holy Spirit was clearly in charge of the retreat and the content. Many participants shared their reasons for tears and laughter during the 2 hours. God does work mightily!

  2. Sr. Pam says:

    What a great opportunity for women to spend time in prayer and reflection together! Thanks for all you do in the Oshkosh area to help people grow in their spiritual life. You are truly a blessing to so many people who are looking for spiritual insight and guidance.

  3. Sister Mary Ann says:

    Such a blessing for all those who attended! It is inspiring to know of the desire of all of these busy women to grow in their faith relationship with Jesus and His Mother! It is wonderful to know of how you help guide so many in their faith journey Sister Anne Marie!

  4. On this day when we contemplate the beauty of the consecrated life, I’d like to thank you for the many ways you encourage others to live their spiritual lives. May the Lord continue to inspire you to plan more opportunities for those in your midst to grow in love of God and neighbor.

  5. Thank you, Sr. Julie Ann. The support of the community and, in particular, several significant sisters, aids the creativity and imagination to continue the ministry. I am so happy to share the consecrated life in this community with you.

  6. Sr. Pat Sevcik says:

    This looks like it was a great experience for all the women involved in preparing, giving and participating in the retreat. The theme and titles of Mary must have given much food for reflection and a call to model the Life of Mary in the life of each woman. Thank you for all that you provide to nourish others spiritually Sister Anna Marie!

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