Neighbor to Neighbor brings women to Motherhouse

March 6, 2014 by



web-dropin-DSC_0635Twenty of the women who normally gather at the Neighbor to Neighbor center in downtown Concordia came instead to the Nazareth Motherhouse today (Thursday, March 6), for the first-ever “Refresh Your Spirit” retreat.

The event was organized by the three women who founded Neighbor to Neighbor — Sisters Jean Befort, Pat McLennon and Ramona Medina — and the participants were women who regularly take part in programs at the center or who volunteer there.

The program was designed to allow each woman to step away from her everyday life and concerns, and focus on herself, Sister Pat told the group as the retreat began this morning. “You’re doing this for you, not for anybody else,” she said.

The half-day program included music, stress-relieving movement, a self-expression art project, some writing and time for reflection, all set in what is called the Rose Room, on the newly renovated fourth floor of the Motherhouse. Participants also had lunch with the sisters in the Motherhouse Dining Room.


3 Responses to “Neighbor to Neighbor brings women to Motherhouse”

  1. Jeanette Wasinger, csj on March 10th, 2014 8:47 pm

    It was a privilege to be in the dining room for dinner when the 20+ retreatants entered the room to share dinner with the CSJ community. The Neighbor to Neighbor guests were inspired and gracious. They were a blessing to everyone. Thank you Pat, Jean and Ramona for planning and directing this experience and for including the Motherhouse Community.

  2. Jodi Creten on March 7th, 2014 5:10 pm

    Wonderful thing to do—continues to bring people together and helps us to know that we are connected in so many ways!

  3. Sarah Schleicher on March 7th, 2014 8:39 am

    Thank you to everyone that put on the retreat for us yesterday I had a wonderful time.

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