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Father Hiên to lead IHRC Holy Week retreats next month

the Inland Register

(From the March 20, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

An evening devoted to “Deepening Married Love” will be hosted by Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) from 5-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25.

Dinner is included as part of the evening.

After the meal, Jesuit Father Armand Nigro and a team of presenters will give two conferences targeting and affirming particular aspects of married life, suitable for couples of however many years.

March’s topic is “Deepening Married Love: Respect and Love for Man and Woman.” Cost of the evening is $25/person.

• IHRC’s traditional Holy Week retreats will be presented this year by Father Joachim Hiên (right), a retired priest of the Spokane Diocese.

Father Hiên will lead the women’s retreat from Monday-Wednesday, April 14-16, and the men’s retreat on Thursday-Saturday, April 17-19.

Both retreats begin with 4:30 p.m. registration and conclude on the last scheduled day by 1 p.m.

The theme of this year’s retreats: “Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross; A Compass for Our Lives.”

Father Hiên will assist participants to engage with the Paschal Mystery with a series of deep meditations on the legacy given by Christ with the last words he spoke before his death on the Cross.

Father Hiên was ordained in Vietnam in 1974. He served in several parishes in the Spokane Diocese and retired in 2012. His ministry continues, however, with retreats around the world and his work with Vietnamese Catholic affairs.

Retreat cost is $190/person, $115 for commuters.

• “Coffee and Contemplation” is IHRC’s spiritual discussion and prayer event for people of all denominations.

Dr. Jerry Sittser, author and professor at Whitworth University in Spokane, will speak Wednesday, April 16, on the topic “The Big Story and the Little Story,” focusing on reading personal stories redemptively and understanding them in light of the “big story” of redemption. Through grace, personal stories can have meaning and purpose, even in suffering.

Dr. Sittser grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich. He attended Hope College and Fuller Theological Seminary, where he earned his M.Div. degree. He earned his Ph.D. in the History of Christianity at the University of Chicago. He has been teaching in the theology department at Whitworth University since 1989.

The program runs from 9-11 a.m. and includes warm beverages and rolls. Cost is $10 per session. Advance reservations are requested.

• In May, IHRC hosts a weekend “healing retreat for women” titled “Consider Him” (Hebrews 12): A Journey,” under the leadership of Thea Loughery (right) and Sarah Compton of Transformed Hearts Ministries.

The Friday-Sunday, May 2-4 retreat begins with registration on Friday at 6 p.m. and concludes after lunch on Sunday.

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 more than 25 years of teaching and ministering to people with hurting hearts. Compton has served in ministry for more than 30 years, mentoring in Young Life, through children’s Sunday school, with retreats for youth and adult women, and more.

Retreat cost is $185 and $100 for commuters.

For information and registration about these and other IHRC programs, call (509) 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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