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Separate retreats for men, women among IHRC’s January offerings

the Inland Register

(From the December 20, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) in Spokane will be hosting a Day of Prayer titled “Lourdes, Fatima and Other Holy Shrines of France and Spain,” led by Deacon Mike and Kathy Miller, on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Experience a pilgrimage through the visuals and spiritual conferences of Deacon Mike and Kathy as they journey with you again through Southern France and Northern Spain.

Deacon Mike and Kathy Miller have been married for 44 years. He was ordained June 24, 2005. Deacon Mike and Kathy have retired from their careers, his as Business Manager for the Diocese of Spokane and hers as a Registered Nurse, and are now exploring the world.

The Day of Prayer Begins with a Rosary at 9 a.m. and will include conferences, confessions, Mass and lunch. After lunch there will be a Second conference, followed by Adoration with Benediction at 3 p.m.

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

• The weekend of Jan. 11-13, IHRC welcomes Thea Loughery and Sarah Compton from Transformed Hearts Ministries, to bring hands-on, practical, spiritual and emotional healing for women in their retreat titled “Awaken, My Heart.”

Isaiah 60 invites retreatants to “Arise, shine, for your light has come!” This retreat offers restored hope from shame, trauma and all the wounds of life to enable participants to walk in their true identity and to fulfill the purpose God has for them.

Costs for the retreat are $185 per person with accommodations and five meals or $100 for commuters (programs and meals only).

• Two related IHRC programs in January are designed to help grieving families face the loss of loved ones through suicide, and to help those in ministry and other helping professions assist those with this loss.

“Beauty from Ashes: Transforming Loss,” a suicide bereavement retreat, is scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 18-20. Led by Anne Cronin Tyson and Methodist pastor C. Karen Covey Moore, the retreat focuses on using prayer, reflection, journaling and sharing to help participants remember their loved ones, reframe their experience with hope, refocus anguish, and integrate pain with joy.

This is the third time Cronin and Moore have presented this retreat at Immaculate Heart, and they have prepared new material for returning participants.

Cost for the weekend (two nights plus five meals) is $185 per person, $280 a couple or $100 for commuters (meals and program only).

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tyson and Moore will present a related workshop, “Suicide Bereavement: Offering Hope/Fostering Healing,” for pastors, ministers, counselors, youth leaders, spiritual directors, teachers and others who minister to families during times of loss. The new workshop is designed to provide the participants with the tools necessary to guide those who have experienced the loss of a loved one through suicide.

The workshop is $35, including lunch.

• Jesuit Father Michael Maher (right) will lead “The Year of Faith,” a retreat for men, the weekend of Jan. 25-27.

All men – fathers, sons, grandfathers, grandsons – are welcome to the retreat, which is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The retreat will include praying the rosary, Stations of the Cross, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Cost, including meals and lodging, is $185 per person and $100 for commuters. Advance registration is requested.

The Year of Faith “opens the doors” to the faithful to understand better the value and heart of who we are as Catholics. Father Maher will open to participants the deep catechetical realities of the Catholic Faith, including the Documents of Vatican Council II and Church history.

Father Maher brings with him decades of experience as a history professor, Knights’ chaplain, spiritual and retreat director, and a great sense of humor to the table to help retreat participants grow in their spiritual life and move closer to God.

For more information or to register for these and other IHRC programs, call 448-1224, or visit the web site: www.ihrc.net. IHRC is located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd. in Spokane.


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