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December 11, 2020, Adrian, Michigan – Journey has often been used as a metaphor for travel through life and time as well as through geographic space. In their December 2, 2020 presentation, “Journey to Bethlehem,” Sisters Janice Brown, OP, and Nancyann Turner, OP, compare the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem with the journey that people of faith are making this year through Advent during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Their presentation – part of a series of monthly spirituality presentations by members of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Spirituality Committee – was live streamed and recorded.
“We take the journey down the road to Bethlehem every year when we tell the story of the birth [of Jesus],” Sister Nancyann said. She noted the difficulty of the journey – especially for a young woman who was about to give birth – involving roads that curved back, hills and mountains, and hazards such as the rough terrain, wild animals, and bandits.
“We, too, are on a long journey,” Sister Nancyann said. “2020 took us on a journey we’d never foreseen. We had to be more separate and yet grow closer – and we had to learn and relearn that love does cast out fear.”
Sister Janice pointed to the unusual challenges of 2020: from the inability for many people of faith to attend worship services together to the loss of activities that feed the soul, such as visiting museums. “What we know is that Christ is with us in the people, the world that surrounds us,” Sister Janice said. She encouraged her audience to “find ways to heal the divisions of this country, to listen, to be kind, even to those who are very hard to be kind to.” The challenge, she said, is to build the beloved community often referred to by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Both Sisters offered the audience opportunities to pause and reflect on their own journeys to Bethlehem, through Advent, and through the pandemic.
Watch the entire video below.
UPDATE: This event has been converted to a free live stream. Registration required.
February 24, 2020, Adrian, Michigan – Holy Week is the ideal time to retreat from one’s ordinary concerns and contemplate the powerful mystery of Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection. Sister Kathie Budesky, IHM, leads participants in just such a retreat during the Holy Week Retreat: Entering the Passion of Jesus. The retreat begins at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 5, 2020 and runs through 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 9, 2020 at Weber Retreat and Conference Center.
This retreat is being offered FREE to all who register. It consists of two one-hour-long talks each day, according to this schedule:
Monday, April 6, 2020: 9:15-10:15 a.m. (ET) and 1:30-2:30 p.m. (ET)
Tuesday, April 7, 2020: 9:15-10:15 a.m. (ET) and 1:30-2:30 p.m. (ET)
Wednesday, April 8, 2020: 9:15-10:15 a.m. (ET) and 1:30-2:30 p.m. (ET)
Thursday, April 9, 2020: 9:15-10:15 a.m. (ET)
Participants cal also view Mass each day at 10:30 a.m. (ET).
Sister Kathie, a Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is the director of her congregation’s Visitation Spirituality Center. She studied in Israel in 1987 as a Fulbright Scholar and graduated from the Institute in Creation-Centered Spirituality. Sister Kathie also ministered as a staff associate in the Ignatian Program in Spiritual Direction at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
The cost for the Holy Week Retreat is $140 for commuters, $425 for single occupancy, and $325 per person for double-occupancy. A limited number of scholarships are available. Registration is required and is available at www.webercenter.org; click on “programs.” Registration is also available by calling 517-266-4000 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send you a link to view the livestream (a high-speed internet connection is required; please note we cannot provide technical support).
Weber Center is on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian. Enter the Eastern-most driveway of the complex and follow the signs to Weber Center. For information, call the Weber Center at 517-266-4000.