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EWTN personality to lead January retreat at IHRC

the Inland Register

(From the January 15, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

The “Coffee and Contemplation” series, a spiritual discussion and prayer event for people of all denominations at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC), begins 2015 with Dr. Jerry Sittser of Whitworth University.

The topic on Jan. 21 will be “Water from a Deep Well: Four Christian Practices from the History of Christianity,” examining reflective prayer practices from various Christian traditions.

Dr. Jerry 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, under Martin E. Marty. He has been teaching in the theology department at Whitworth University since 1989 and is now a full professor.

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

• The weekend of Friday-Sunday, Jan. 23-25, IHRC will welcome Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa, well-known EWTN commentator and personality. Father Pacwa will lead the weekend’s retreat, “How to Listen When God is Speaking: A Guide for Modern-Day Catholics.”

God speaks to the heart, the mind, and the will – how can his voice be heard, especially above the noise, stress, and distractions of the modern world? What is the process of discerning God’s Will?

Father Pacwa confronts modern-day assumptions that can prevent openness to God’s will, and emphasizes the many ways a life of prayer can be developed, nourishing an authentic relationship with the Lord.

Cost is $235/person, $440/couple. The retreat is filling quickly; advance registration is strongly suggested.

• Bishop William Skylstad, bishop emeritus of the Spokane Diocese, will give two dinner presentations at IHRC on “Evidence for God from Physics” on Tuesday, Jan. 27, and Tuesday, Feb. 24.

The evenings begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m.; conferences end by 8:30 p.m.

During the course of the evening, Bishop Skylstad will present videos from Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, former president of Gonzaga University. The videos address arguments, based on reason and contemporary proofs from new findings in cosmology, for the existence of God.

The evenings include a question-and-answer session over dessert and coffee.

The Jan. 24 presentation is titled “In the Beginning I: The Big Bang and Our Universe / Did the Universe Have a Beginning?” In February, the evening’s presentation is titled “In the Beginning II: Is there Evidence of Fine-tuning, Design, and Intelligence in the Universe? Physics, Evolution, and the Bible.” Cost is $30 per person.

• Father Joachim Hięn, a retired priest of the Spokane Diocese, will lead Ash Wednesday’s Day of Prayer on Feb. 18 at IHRC. The day is titled “Finding Christ in the Ashes of Life.”

The day begins at 9 a.m. with recitation of the rosary. There will be two conferences, opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, lunch and, at the close, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Cost is $35/person ($45 with use of a private room).

For information or registration for these and other IHRC programs and presentations, 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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