Ecumenical Bereavement Program
Life after loss makes one feel distracted or as though you can’t focus on anything other than your loss/grief. The Ecumenical bereavement is a program of Mariawald Renewal Center designed to help people better understand the process of grief and how to live through it in a way that is healing. The program is based on the writings and research Elizabeth Kibler-Ross and world-renowned source for understanding the journey of grief. The program aims to provide a place to share experiences and to support one other. Each six-week session is a combination of presentation, discussion, sharing, and enriching rituals. Led by trained facilitators with knowledge of bereavement and grief support, the sessions are open to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, and there is no charge for the program.
The ecumenical bereavement is a six week program which runs three times a year.
Growing Older Gracefully Weekend Retreat
Diane Koopman said it best “Aging is inevitable, but to grow old gracefully is a choice.” Chittister points out that “Old age is not when we stop growing. It is exactly the time to grow in new ways. It is the period in which we set out to make sense of all the growing we have already done. It is the softening season when everything in us is meant to achieve its sweetest, richest, most unique self."
In the face of our physical diminishment and other daily challenges, time seems to be moving away from us; yet there is a need to make room and reconcile with the reality of time. Let us together explore, reflect, and discuss on the life’s journey of growing older and ponder on what God might be calling us to.
• Is old age when we stop growing and dreaming?
• What has been helping us age with grace and courage?
• What are our dreams and goal?
This is a weekend program which runs twice a year
NATURE SPIRITUALITY PROGRAM
What role does nature play in shaping our spiritual life? Our interconnectedness with nature teaches us of God’s magnificent work and presence in all creation. Are you interested in deepening your spiritual connection with nature? Come and join us at Mariawald Renewal Center. Set in a wooded area with two large ponds, Mariawald offers an abundance of nature, wildlife, and walking trails. It provides a peaceful place of silent stillness to reconnect with the Source of love and life and deepen our spiritual connection with nature.
- Introduction to Nature Spirituality and the Theme of Interconnectedness
- God’s Work and Presence in Nature
- Practical Ways of Encountering the Sacred in
- This is a weekend program runs once year
1. Silent Directed Retreat
Apart from the days of reflection and weekend retreats, twice a year Mariawald Renewal Center offers longer retreats directed by the Center staff and visiting directors. This is a unique opportunity to spend a week in silence, stillness and solitude in order to listen more deeply to the whispering voice of God that speaks to each of us in our hearts and can answer our most burning questions, calm our deepest fears, and fulfill our loftiest dreams.
Mariawald Renewal Center offers seasonal retreats:
- Divine Mercy Prayer Service
- Bereavement Day of Prayer
For more information and to register call us at 610-777-0135 or email us @ email@example.com
The Eucharist is at the heart of the life of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood and of Mariawald Renewal Center.
It is a symbol of our unity and love. As Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood, we bring into Christ’s sacrifice
the concerns of the Church and the anguish and needs of the entire world.
Even if you’re not on retreat at Mariawald, you are welcome to stop at the sister’s chapel in the convent
and take a few moments out of your busy day for quiet time with Jesus present in the Eucharist
Feel free to join us for daily prayers and adoration. Just enter through the Chapel door by the sisters’ parking lot.
Adoration: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM followed by evening prayer
- First Sunday of the month 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Holy mass at 1:00PM)
- Every second Wednesday of the month 7:00PM-8:00PM
Mass: Sunday at 1:00PM; Tuesday & Thursday at 4:45 Pm
Evening prayers: 5:00 PM (daily)
3. Spiritual Direction
Spiritual Direction is the process of accompanying people on their spiritual journey.
In the midst of this fast-paced world, people find it difficult to be aware of God’s action in their daily lives
and in simple everyday events.
The spiritual director is there to listen and reflect through conversation on one’s relationship with God.
Gradually, you learn to recognize God’s tender and powerful presence in your life.
You discover that God has been waiting for you to look for this closer relationship.
Spiritual Direction is offered at Mariawald Renewal Center by formally trained directors with whom you may meet privately
and confidentially on a one-time or continuing basis during retreats and/or outside of retreats
For more information or to make arrangements to start spiritual direction,
please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-777-0135.
Mariawald Renewal Center provides the perfect atmosphere in which individuals or groups of any religious tradition can come together to think, plan, pray, reflect, and grow. We are able to host groups that range in size from 2 to 37 people. If all beds are occupied, we can accommodate thirty-seven people. There are three rollaway cots available making the maximum number of persons staying in the retreat center 40. On advice of the fire department, we will not overcrowd the building with extra people sleeping on cots or sleeping bags etc. We have bedrooms that are single and double occupancy.