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November 10, 2023, Adrian, Michigan – How can we be transformed during Advent as we prepare for the coming of Christ? Through an Advent Retreat: The Potter and the Clay, Father Vic Clore offers reflections on rich Scripture readings, allowing participants to be formed by the Potter, daring to beat our swords into plowshares and building our house on solid rock.
The Advent Retreat is from 6:30 p.m. Sunday, December 3, 2023, through 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 7, 2023, at Weber Retreat and Conference Center.
Father Vic has been a parish priest in Detroit since 1966, always serving in racially integrated city parishes. He also served on the staff of the Dominican Center: Spirituality for Mission. He attended Sacred Heart Seminary in high school and college and holds graduate degrees in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and developmental psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit.
The cost, including meals, is $160 for commuters, $325 per person double occupancy, and $425 single occupancy. Registration is required. Visit www.webercenter.org and click on programs; call 517-266-4000; or email email@example.com. Limited scholarships are available.
Weber Center is on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters Motherhouse, Adrian, Michigan. Traveling east on Siena Heights Drive, pass the Adrian Rea Literacy Center and turn left just before the solar panel-covered parking lot. Follow the signs to Weber Center. For information, call the Weber Center at 517-266-4000.
October 20, 2023, Detroit – In the coming weeks, many of us will see signs that the Christmas Season is approaching, from items for sale to secular Christmas music on the radio and decorations in homes and the public square.
Sister Janet Schaeffler, OP, in her latest Advent booklet, invites Christians to approach the weeks before Christmas as a “time for holy listening” as we await the coming of Jesus in our lives and our world. “Advent is our introverted season,” she wrote in the book’s introduction. “The world around us does a lot of chatting, chattering, and contesting. Advent gives us a space for holy listening.”
In A Time for Holy Listening, Sister Janet lists the Scripture readings for each day, along with a reflection, a suggested daily practice, and a short Advent prayer – all tied to the day’s readings.
A retreat leader and a consultant for catechists and adult faith formation leaders, Sister Janet once ministered as Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Detroit. She received the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) Distinguished Service Award.
A Time for Holy Listening is available from the Weber Center Shop at Weber Retreat and Conference Center on the Adrian Dominican Motherhouse Campus. The shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday. The shop is closed for lunch from noon to 12:45 p.m. Copies can be ordered from the Weber Shop through email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 517-266-4035.
The Advent booklet is also available in English and Spanish from Twenty-Third Publications.