"Come away with me into a desert place . . and rest awhile." (Mark 6:31)
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A Message from the Director - 2016
Bishop John Doerfler has appointed me as director of Marygrove Retreat Center. I was recently ordained to the priesthood, but come to this ministry with some past experience. In fact, I lived and worked for a time, shortly after college, at Marynook, a retreat center in Galesville, Wisconsin. I have spent the last two years at Mount Angel Seminary, in North Central Oregon, which is staffed by the Benedictine Fathers and also houses a retreat center. From the Benedictines, I gained a great appreciation for the form of prayer known as lectio divina, a way of reflectively reading Holy Scripture.
I look forward to getting to know the many good people who come through Marygrove, seeking a place of quiet refuge from the world. Please know that all of the currently scheduled retreats will continue in place, and I hope to provide clear continuity with the wonderful ministry Marygrove has established over the years.
If you have not yet been to Marygrove, please consider signing up for one of the Fall retreats. The Garden Peninsula is lovely this time of year as we settle into the seasonal change. Christ calls each of us quietly, but relentlessly, to enter into a deeper relationship with Him, to become, truly, a disciple of the Lord. One of the blessings afforded by a place such as Marygrove is the quiet and stress-free time to hear that invitation.
May your heart be filled with the joy and peace that only the Lord can give,