UPCOMING RETREATS/workshops | 2018


Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:30 AM-3 PM | Benedictine Monastery, Bristow, Virginia

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The Benedictine 12 Steps of Humility Plus One

Deaconess Kathy Garrison came to the Lutheran diaconate from a nursing background and has been a Deacon for 19 years. Her focus has always been pastoral care. She worked as a chaplain for nearly 10 years and also taught and directed a pastoral care training program through the Pastoral Counseling of Northern Virginia non-profit. Please contact Carolyn Cockroft at and for additional information.  



Thursday, April 5th | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Ruah Center of the Villa de Matel, Houston


Quiet Day at the Ruah Center 

All Houston area Community of Hope members are invited to join us on , for a quiet day on Saturday, April 5th at the Ruah Center of the Villa de Matel in Houston. There is no fee for participation and the sisters generously provide lunch,  so we do hope that our members will offer a donation as they are able.  Please contact Beverly at for details and to RSVP. 


Saturday, April 28, 2018 | St. James Episcopal Church | Austin, TX

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Come to Your Senses

Heritage West Region is hosting a day retreat, Saturday, April 28, from 9-2.  Location is St. James Episcopal Church,  1941 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78721“Praying the liturgy of hours through the senses of sight, touch, smell, hearing, and taste.”  Similar to the Benedictine practice of praying the hours, our facilitator, Kathleen Phillips, will guide participants toward  experiencing how varying prayer styles can lead to freshen our time with God.  Each of the five sessions will include a brief talk about one of the senses , then individually followed by a choice of prayer styles that incorporate that sense.  There will also be time for reflection and relaxation.  Kathleen is the Director of Formation in Direction, a spiritual director school, in Bryan, Texas.  A light lunch will be provided. For information or to register, contact Pat Beachy, Deadline to register is April 24.


Saturday and Sunday, March 10th - 11th, 2018 | Mustang Island, Texas

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Healing the Spirit, Mind and Body

Last year our retreat was cut short because of a broken water line that flooded the rooms.  So we invited our speakers to return. They are the Rev. Dr. Jack Sheffield, an Episcopal priest, who with his wife Anna Marie lead the ministry of Christ Healing Center in San Antonio.  They train lay people to offer prayer in the chapels of area hospitals with the invitation and support of the administrators and chaplains.

The program begins 10:00 A.M. Saturday and concludes Sunday before lunch.  The Community of Hope, Christ Church, San Antonio, is hosting.

Cost is $150 double occupancy for overnight and meals. Come Friday night total is $250.

To register or for more information contact Carol Miller at Christ Church, San Antonio 210-736-3132, or the Rev. Eric Fenton,