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Statue of Mary

Pondering the Presence of God

If you find yourself in a place of discernment in your life, what might you learn from the mystery of Mary's call and acceptance? In  St. Benedict's way of profound listening?   

A one-day retreat that will explore ways for us to grow in awareness to God-with-Us

Richard Rohr, in his book, “What the Mystics Know”, wrote: “We cannot attain the presence of God because we’re already totally in the presence of God.  What is absent is awareness.”


Two spiritual practices, Lectio Divina, and Visio Divina will be used to guide our day. Mary, Mother of Jesus, ‘heard’ God in the Annunciation. St. Benedict taught that the whole of the spiritual life is listening to God. He called it, "inclining the ear of the heart".


If you are looking for a day to rest and renew with a community of women in the midst of the busyness of the season, join us on the path of Mary and Benedict as they offer us a way of hearing and seeing God.


Saturday, Dec 2, 2023

Gathering: 9:30

 Program: 10:00am-4:00pm

Rev. Carla Stengel has offered her beautiful log home for this intimate, contempletive gathering. Here the wooded surroundings draw us into the beauty of nature all around creating a space for quiet and serenity.  


3501 U S Rt. 68 south

Xenia OH 45385



Facilitators: Rev. Carla Stengel, Linda Bales Todd and Beth Vanoli 

Refreshments and lunch will be provided: breakfast pastries; soup and salad, coffee and tea (please provide dietary restrictions when you register)

Cost: A freewill donation to be collected for Brigid's Path

What to bring: a journal or note pad; a picture, image, or statue of Mary that has meaning for you, and your own beverage cup/mug

Register by emailing Beth Vanoli at

            Deadline for registering is Monday, November 27, 2023

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