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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Retreat Center offers summer prayer opportunities

the Inland Register

(From the June 21, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) continues the year-long study program for adults, “Catholicism,” on Tuesday, June 26 with a session focused on “The Missionary Adventure,” and on Tuesday, July 31 with a program titled “The Mystical Union of Christ and His Church.” The evening sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and end by 8:30 p.m.

Facilitated by the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, the series continues on a monthly basis through December 2012 on the last Tuesday of the month except December 18.

The cost per session is $20 per person.

• IHRC is offering opportunities to explorer Ignatian spirituality this summer when Jesuit Father Armand Nigro leads a 30-day Ignatian Retreat, July 5–Aug. 3, followed by an eight-day Ignatian Retreat, Aug. 12-19. Both retreats are $78 per day with meals and lodging.

Father Nigro is an accomplished spiritual director who has served in spiritual ministry since 1957, giving workshops and working with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius throughout the Northwest. In the Ignatian tradition, Father Nigro will guide sessions on the Exercises, provide spiritual direction, and celebrate Mass.

• The Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church at IHRC offer a weekend retreat titled “What Happens at Mass,” based on the book of the same name written by Benedictine Father Jeremy Driscoll of Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon, Friday-Sunday, July 13-15. Chanted Office is included in the experience

Cost is $185, including meals and lodging, or $100 for Commuters.

• Summer Senior Days at IHRC will be Wednesday, July 18, from 11:45a.m.-1:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 11:45a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Enjoy lunch, live music, games, tours and social time. Cost is $10 per person.

• In August, IHRC will host a Day of Prayer titled “Islam: Muslims are Our Neighbors too!” presented by Father Patrick Baraza PhD on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Father Baraza, a Kenyan priest serving in the Diocese of Spokane, refers to Islam as an “…Old wine in a new wineskin.” Father was raised with all three of the primary religions of Africa, and as a priest served the Pokot, the nomadic people of Kenya. He completed master’s and doctoral studies in Islam at the University of California-Berkeley, the Graduate Theological Union and the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.

Included in Father Baraza’s Day of Prayer will be such topics as “Assumptions: Ours and Theirs,” “Muhammad: The Prophet of Islam,” “Succession Battles,” “Religious Guidance (Shariah Law),” “Tenets of Islam,” and “Islamization and Arabization of the World.”

Father Baraza presently teaches in the Religious Studies Department at Gonzaga University.

Cost for the Day of Prayer is $35 per person, or $45 with the use of a private room.

IHRC is located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd. in Spokane.

For information or registration, call 448-1224, or visit www.IHRC.net


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