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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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IHRC offers weekend ‘fishermen’s retreat’ next month

the Inland Register

(From the May 15, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

“Coffee and Contemplation,” a spiritual discussion and prayer event for people of all denominations at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC), continues with Rev. Janeen Steer, Campus Minister at Gonzaga University, on Wednesday, May 21.

Rev. Steer’s topic is “Living in the Now and Not Yet.” Rev. Steer will explore what it means to be Christian in the changing American cultural landscape.

Rev. Steer, recipient of two master’s degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, is in her third year as a campus minister at Gonzaga University.

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

• Next month, IHRC welcomes Dr. Paul Coutinho for a series of events, beginning with a Day of Reflection on Wednesday, June 25, titled “The Silence between the Notes Makes the Music of my Life,” addressing Eastern spirituality and mysticism.

The silence at the depth of humanity’s very being and the heart of the universe is unaffected by the turmoil of life. There is encountered the Divine Presence, where true self is experienced, with the freedom and power to live the fullness of life.

Dr. Coutinho is an internationally recognized Ignatian scholar, author, and speaker who brings an Eastern flavor to Western spirituality. A native of India, he frequently leads retreats, gives spiritual direction, and trains people to lead the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. He has a doctorate in historical theology from St. Louis University.

The Day of Reflection is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The day includes three conferences and lunch. Cost is $35 per person. Advance registration is requested.

• A second event featuring Dr. Coutinho will be a wine and cheese social, reading, and book signing on Thursday, June 26, from 5-7 p.m.

Dr. Coutinho has written such titles How Big is Your God?: The Freedom to Experience the Divine; An Ignatian Pathway: Experiencing the Mystical Dimension of the Spiritual Exercises; Just as You Are: Opening Your Life to the Infinite Love of God; and Sacred Darkness: Encountering Divine Love in Life’s Darkest Places.

Space will be limited; donations are suggested to help cover the cost of the event. Please register in advance.

• Dr. Coutinho’s third event at IHRC will be a weekend fisherman’s retreat, “Launch Out into the Deep (Luke 5:4),” Friday-Sunday, June 27-29.

A ship is safe in the harbor, but that is not what ships are for. The retreat is designed for those who have the courage to embark on uncharted waters to claim the greater gifts of God, find inner freedom, and live the fullness of life.

This retreat will also include tips and advice given by experts Pat Neal, a North Olympic Peninsula fishing guide, author and humorist whose column appears every Wednesday in the Peninsula Daily News on steelhead hot spots, and Deacon Allen Peterson, owner of Swede’s Fly Shop of Spokane, on fly fishing, and more.

Cost is $185/person, and $100 for commuters.

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

For registration or information about these and other IHRC programs, call (509) 448-1224, or visit the web site:

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