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Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Loving God and neighbor without distinction: A pontifical institute of women religious of the Roman Catholic Church


Praying During a Pandemic

On online retreat via Zoom

Retreat Director: Dr. Catherine Michaud, CSJ

July 26-Aug. 1, 2020

Opening session: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26. Daily sessions: 9:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday.

This retreat is about living through a pandemic whose ripple effects are seismic — globally, internationally, nationally, locally, humanly, personally, financially, politically, socially, psychologically and spiritually.

For the first time in human history everyone on planet Earth is subjected to a common threat. Chaos looms. In chaos theory, a small change can have massive, unpredictable consequences. Our choices and attitudes in a crisis like this one are enormously significant.

This retreat calls us to contemplate our experiences during the pandemic and to consider our choices from here on. We will, as we rest in the arms of our Creator, (1) feel the pain of the pandemic, find hope and locate joy within the struggle; (2) marvel in a new kind of silence (even the birds are loving it!); (3) attune ourselves to “invisible things”: contagion — some kinds are deadly and some life-giving; (4) reflect on our “lives all together” in a sudden strangeness — Beatitudes for a pandemic; (5) grieve (That discomfort feeling is grief); (6) Celebrate Jubilee — After the trouble has passed; (7) Pause for integration.

For information/registrations: Contact Manna House of Prayer, P.O. Box 675, Concordia, KS 66901, (785)243-4428 or email

Cost is $200.

Note: Retreatants must have access to the internet for Zoom and email to participate in the retreat.

(art: Koinonia — Living in a Cave)

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