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Bishop Skylstad joins IHRC team for presentations, reflections

the Inland Register

(From the December 19, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

The Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church will lead a retreat on the New Evangelization the weekend of Jan. 17-19. (IR photo courtesy of Immaculate heart Retreat Center)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) begins the new year by hosting a Weekend Healing Retreat for Women titled “Consider Him (Hebrews 12): Removing Obstacles to God on the Road to Healing and Freedom,” presented by Thea Loughery and Sarah Compton of Transformed Hearts Ministries, Friday-Sunday, Jan. 10-12, 2014.

The weekend begins with registration on Friday at 6 p.m. and concludes after lunch on Sunday.

Loughery and Compton are experienced prayer ministers who will offer hands-on, practical, spiritual and emotional healing. Hebrews 12 is the inspiration for this retreat as participants join in a deep experience of understanding of past issues and the aid of specific prayer methods that go to the root cause of pain and woundedness.

Loughery has devoted more than 25 years to teaching and ministry. Compton has served in ministry for more than 30 years, including youth, religious education, and retreats.

Cost of the retreat is $185 per person/$100 for commuters.

Other upcoming opportunities at IHRC include:

• IHRC’s “Coffee and Contemplation,” a spiritual discussion and prayer event for people of all denominations, continues on Wednesday, Jan. 15, when Bishop William Skylstad speaks on “‘That They May Be One’... The Radical Call and the Great Vision.”

Bishop Skylstad is Bishop Emeritus of the Spokane Diocese. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Spokane on May 21, 1960 and was appointed Bishop of Yakima in 1977. He returned to Spokane as bishop in 1990. He retired in 2010, but was appointed apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Baker, Ore., the next year. He retired a second time in 2012 and is now a member of the IHRC team, celebrating Masses during the week and providing spiritual direction and conducting retreats.

“Coffee and Contemplation” runs from 9-11 a.m., and includes warm beverages and rolls. Cost is $10/person; advance reservations are requested.

• IHRC hosts a weekend retreat titled “Focused Faith Renewal through the New Evangelization: A Step by Step Process for Success,” led by the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, on Friday-Sunday, Jan. 17-19.

The call of Vatican II to the Laity of the Church to engage in evangelization (The Universal Call to Holiness) is at the heart of this retreat. Discussing religion with someone in the parish or on the street can be difficult when one doesn’t have a working knowledge of the Faith. This retreat will assist participants to understand their own walk in the Faith, encourage others to do so, and get to the heart of what all people yearn for: to have a close and personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The weekend will include Mass, confessions, conferences, and opportunities to pray the Liturgy of the Hours with the Sisters. Cost is $185/person or $280/couple.

• The third Thursday of January and February (Jan. 21, Feb. 18) will see IHRC’s “Breakfast with Bishop Skylstad.” The morning includes 8 a.m. Mass with the bishop, breakfast, and a presentation.

January’s talk is titled “The Francis Effect: What Pope Francis is doing to affect our Church, neighborhood and our world”; February, “Joy of the Gospel: Apostolic Exhortation on the Synod of Evangelization – What are we called to do?”

Cost $15 per person. Please register in advance.

• A marriage “dinner series” titled “Deepening Married Love” is scheduled for the last Tuesday of January, February, and March – Jan. 28, Feb. 25, and March 25 – under the direction of Jesuit Father Armand Nigro and a select “marriage team.”

The evenings begin with dinner, followed by two conferences that will target particular aspects of married life, providing loving and deliberate affirmation to the love and respect due to spouses, children and families. Discussion time will follow each conference.

Father Nigro will speak at each conference, and the team will address specific aspects of the topic for that month.

The evenings are suitable for couples of any age, and are open to anyone who would like informed and open dialogue about living out sacramental marriage. Discussion time will be included.

January’s topic is “Deepening Married Love – Spousal Love”; February, “Deepening Married Love – Parental Love”; and March, “Deepening Married Love – Respect and Love for Man and Woman.”

Cost is $25 per person; financial assistance is available.

• A day of reflection for therapists and caretakers is scheduled at IHRC on Friday, Jan. 31, directed by Dr. Kent Hoffman. The theme for the day is “Building a Daily Practice: Spiritual Response to Compassion Fatigue.”

It is not unusual for caregivers’ spiritual resources to run low and become depleted by weariness. Dr. Hoffman, a marriage and family therapist practicing in Spokane, will explain how important it is to have a daily sacred practice to minister to one’s spirit, boosting spiritual reserves and bringing wholeness so the giving can continue.

Besides his practice, Dr. Hoffman is one of the pioneers of “Circle of Security,” a program that helps parents bond with their babies. He teaches Psychology of Intimacy and the Psychology of Transcendence at Gonzaga University. He is also the founder of the Thirst Seminar, which focuses on attachment, procedural memory, and sacred practice. He has been in private practice since 1985.

The day of reflection is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. It includes four conferences, lunch, and reflection time.

Cost is based on a sliding scale of $45-$100, with the decision at the discretion of attendee, based on yearly income. Proceeds benefit IHRC and Catholic Charities’ Childhood and Parenting Assistance (CAPA) program. Financial assistance is available.

For information and registration for these and other IHRC programs, visit the web site ( or call (509) 448-1224. IHRC is located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd. in Spokane.

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