Fall Retreat at Bethany

The Sisters of St. Martha recently hosted their annual fall retreat for sisters and associates and this year’s retreat presenter was Sheila O’Handley. Sheila is a Hermit and lives at a beautiful Hermitage in Newfoundland, a Place of Solitude & Prayer.

The theme or our retreat was ‘My Shadow…. My Other Self’. Our time was spent in reflection and silence and after each input session we were invited to work on the process of finding our ‘shadow selves.’ It was a wonderful weekend retreat that both challenged and gave us all food for thought.

As some may know, I was invited to attend this weekend again this year, to give a presentation at the closing gathering with information on NACAR (North American Conference of Associates & Religious) highlighting on our role and activities this past year plus our upcoming 20th Anniversary, the CARA study, and various surveys/results from our membership. I closed with an invitation to check out our active NACAR website plus past and present copies of The Associate.

As this special prayer filled weekend ended, we left with our hearts burning and a deeper love of our God, ourselves and one another.

Submitted by Peggy Madigan