The word “Lent” comes from an old word meaning “Spring.” Core practices for entering this season include a deepened attentiveness to God, repentance, and new growth. This weekend retreat will use poetry, art and music to invite us into these practices, drawing on the creativity of artists and poets as well as our own imaginations and desires. Saturday will be a day of corporate silence punctuated by guided meditation, as we seek to attend creatively to the ways God invites us to a Holy Lent.
Check-in will begin at 3pm. Dinner is served at 6pm and the retreat will begin immediately following. Please note that portions of this retreat will be in silence.
Dr. Kathleen Henderson Staudt is a poet, scholar and spiritual director and has taught over the years at University of Maryland, College Park, Wesley Theological Seminary and Virginia Theological Seminary, and in the School for Spiritual Direction at Bon Secours. She offers retreats and workshops on on writing, literature, spirituality and explorations of vocation. Serving as president of the Evelyn Underhill Association, she facilitates the annual Evelyn Underhill Day of Quiet offered on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral each year in June. Kathy is the author of three books of poems, notably Annunciations: Poems out of Scripture, as well as two scholarly books and many articles on the Catholic artist and poet David Jones. Most recently she has published Shaping a Faithful Life: Discernment and Discipleship for Young Adults (2021). In 2021 she was a finalist in the Paraclete Poetry Contest. A new volume, Viriditas: New and Selected Poems, is forthcoming in 2023. Kathy is a Companion in the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross (SCHC). More information is on her website at https://www.kathleenstaudtpoet.com .