Women gather for 3rd annual N2N retreat

April 6, 2016 by

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Women who individually visit Neighbor to Neighbor at various times throughout each week came together as a group today (April 6) for a daylong retreat at Manna House of Prayer.

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This was the third annual retreat organized by the day center in downtown Concordia, with much of the day focused on the environment and simple actions that can help preserve the Earth.

Sister Janet Lander, who is on the staff at Manna House, gave a presentation on “Care for Our Common Home” and Laudato Si’, the official letter written by Pope Francis last year addressing climate change and worldwide environmental concerns.

But, Sister Janet noted, while global issues can seem overwhelming, there are simple efforts everyone can make — recycling, not buying bottled water, growing vegetables, being more conscious of waste, to name a few.

As part of the daylong program, the participants had a chance to reflect on the issues, discuss them in small groups and pray together. Later in the day, each woman chose a small potted flower as her own, as one small connection to the world of nature.

The day was organized by the three women who founded and operate Neighbor to Neighbor — Sisters Jean Befort, Ramona Medina and Pat McLennon, who all gave presentations as part of the retreat.

It was hosted for the second year by Manna House of Prayer, the Sisters of St. Joseph spiritual retreat center at 323 E. Fifth St.

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