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Miramichi Retreat

Frances Connell, CND Associate, Miramichi, NB

The annual CND Miramichi Associate Retreat was held May 30, 31 and June 1 at Living Waters Prayer House in Bartibogue, NB. It was the first time we did not have the Sisters cottage which served us so well for many, many years yet we cheerfully faced another change and adjustment.

The facilitator was Sister Doreen McGuire of the Sisters of Charity of Saint John, NB. She presented us with a very beautiful and meaningful retreat experience in the silence and solitude of the sacred surroundings of the blue water of Miramichi Bay and the tall pine trees of Moody’s Point. Sister Doreen drew from a deep well of lived experience and deep wisdom to lead us to a place of quiet, resting, listening, noticing life forces within and without and focusing on the activity of God in the image of the sandpiper which is found along our shorelines and shows us that small things lead us to the common... the simple... and the Stillness of the Eternal.

We were very happy to have this wonderful retreat in awareness of our new cosmology and contemplative vision on the CND community feast of The Visitation.

On Sunday morning we closed our weekend retreat with the Feast of Visitation 2014-In the Footsteps of Mary Prayer Service and renewed our commitments for another year. We had an enjoyable lunch together and returned to our homes happy and refreshed that we have such incredible blessings such as CND Associate Relationships and our annual retreat to give such joy and meaning to our lives.


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