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Spiritual growth opportunities long and short set for IHRC this summer

the Inland Register

(From the June 16, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) will offer “Barbecue with Bishop William Skylstad” on Tuesday, July 12, beginning with Mass at 5 p.m. and concluding at 8 p.m.

Bishop Skylstad’s topic is “The Crises of Leadership in our World: How are we genuine ‘Salt and Light’?”

Bishop Skylstad is Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Spokane. He also served as Bishop of Yakima. He was originally ordained for the Spokane Diocese after studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio. He fulfilled a number of ministries in Eastern Washington, including chancellor, pastor, and seminary rector, before his ordination as a bishop in 1977 and move to Central Washington.

Cost for the event is $25 per person.

• The next week, IHRC hosts a week-long retreat for spiritual directors, Monday-Friday, July 18-22, titled “Moving in God’s Direction.” Directing the retreat is Mary Sharon Moore.

Mary Sharon Moore (IR file photo)

This retreat and conference for spiritual directors combines Moore’s unique blend of deep insight, practical teaching, rich immersion, and guided conversation.

Moore holds a master’s degree in theological studies from the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, Calif., and is certified in spiritual direction through Shalom Prayer Center, Mount Angel, Ore. She has been an active spiritual and vocational director nationwide since 2002.

She is the author of such books as Anointed for a Purpose, Moving in God’s Direction, and Touching the Reign of God, among others.

The retreat begins with registration on Monday at 6 p.m. and ends on Friday at 1 p.m. Cost is $475, which includes meals, lodging, and a copy of Moore’s book Moving in God’s Direction. Early registration is recommended.

• Moore also will lead a Silent Day of Prayer on the topic of prayer on Monday, July 25, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The day’s title is “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.”

For many, praying is like breathing, but an important question remains: How is prayer maturing? The day’s talks will focus on prayer as encounter; as holy conversation, and as invitation to something more.

The day begins with recitation of the rosary, and also includes two conferences, opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, lunch, and concludes with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Cost is $38 per person/$48 with the use of a private room for the day.

• An event designed specifically for individuals age 55 and older has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 27 at IHRC.

“Summer Senior Day” will run from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Events include a performance by the Hillyard Belles, a tour of IHRC’s facilities, and lunch. Both individuals and groups are welcome. Cost is $10/person. Please register in advance.

• An eight-day Ignatian Silent Retreat is on IHRC’s calendar for Aug. 3-10, under the direction of Jesuit Father Craig Hightower.

Father Craig Hightower SJ (IR file photo)

The retreat begins with registration at 4:30 p.m. and concludes after lunch on Aug. 10.

Cost $656, overnight with meals; commuters, $54/day.

Vows paid to God and other human beings require meditation and contemplation in order to do justice to them in a world where it is difficult to live them. A retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius provides the environment of immersion in peace and deep prayer to wholly understand the vows and promises made to God and one another.

Father Hightower graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree in 1992. He also holds Masters degrees from Gonzaga University and Boston College, 2004. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1994, and was ordained a priest in 2004. He was Director of the University Ministry team and Chaplain in the Athletic Department at Gonzaga University, then joined the Sacramento Jesuit Community as the religious Superior in the Fall of 2013 and continues to serve on various educational, Province, and Diocesan boards.

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


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