Silent Directed Retreat – June

June 18 @ 3:00 pm - June 24 @ 11:30 am


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Start: June 18 @ 3:00 pm

End: June 24 @ 11:30 am

Cost: $640

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Presenter: Sr. Bernie Claps, Joy Aker, Fr. Phil Cover, Rev. Mary Ka Kanahan

Our June directed retreat consists of six days of spiritual direction. Retreatants will meet with a spiritual director daily (or less if you desire) to reflect on God’s Presence and movement in your life as revealed in prayer. You may also review the events and relationships in your life and the response to God that is being made. The spiritual director may make suggestions (prayer forms, Scripture, reading materials, etc…) to support and deepen your awareness of and response to God. You will have this week of quiet and peace for personal reflection at our Center and around our beautiful grounds. Mass will also be offered daily throughout your stay.

This is a silent retreat. Check-in begins at 3pm, the retreat will begin after dinner. Silence will begin at that time also. The retreat will end before lunch on Saturday.

Spiritual Directors for this retreat will be Joy Aker, Sr. Bernie Claps, Fr. Phil Cover and Rev. Mary Ka Kanahan. If you have a preference, please indicate it within the ‘special needs’ section of the registration form.

Please note that Fr. Phil Cover does not have any more availability at this time. He will also be a spiritual director during our August Directed Retreat. You may call 410-442-3120 to register now. It will be posted to our website soon too.

Joy Aker, MA, is a spiritual director and Labyrinth facilitator as well as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Her focus in on helping people to develop a holistic spirituality which looks to wholeness in body, mind and spirit. She also has a great interest in assisting others as they deepen their own relationship with God. Joy has a Master’s Degree in Spirituality and Parish Nursing from Sr. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore.

Sister Bernadette Claps, a Sister of Bon Secours, provides spiritual direction and spiritual companionship at the Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center. She holds graduate certificates in Spiritual Direction, Spirituality and Aging. She has done graduate studies in theology and received a Master of Social Work from New York University.

Fr. Phillip Cover is an experienced retreat leader, spiritual director, pilgrimage leader and author. He previously served as the Assistant Executive Director in the Department of Religious Education for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) in Washington, DC. He also served as an adjunct staff member for the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is co-author of Journey with Purpose, Through Exile into the Heart of God and The Inner Work of Lent.

Rev. Mary Ka Kanahan is a lifelong United Methodist and Pastor at Saint John United Church, a multicultural, union congregation of the UMC/PC(USA) Community in Columbia, MD. Her first career in public parks and recreation informs her wholistic understanding of what it means to live an abundant life. She completed her M.Div. degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in May 2009. Mary Ka has served as the Pastor for Spiritual Formation at the historic Asbury UMC in NW Washington, DC; and the Pastor for Community Life at Glen Mar Church in Ellicott City, MD. She was a member of the inaugural class of the Bon Secours Spiritual Direction Institute, and is a trained coach with the International Coaching Federation. Mary Ka offers spiritual direction to individuals in her congregation and combines her coaching skills while leading groups. She worked for several years as an organizer and director of spiritual retreats for women with the group known now as Lumunos.

You will be entering your information for registration and payment next. If you would rather call us, please contact our Welcome Center at 410-442-3120 and they can accept credit card information over the phone. You can also contact them with your information and mail a check to: 1525 Marriottsville Rd., Marriottsville, MD 21104. Please note that your registration is not complete until payment has been made.

If you would like to register a group to attend this retreat, please call our Welcome Center at 410-442-3120 or email Jennifer Murphy, Manager of Marketing & Events, at .

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