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Tree of Hope... THANK YOU!
Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center has been please with the generous support of the local community and business that participated in this years tree of hope prayer service event. It was a beautiful way to light the way into the Christmas season and for those of you that did not make it our this year we hope to see you at next years event!

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Pines Retreat First Annual Chicken BBQ
Sunday, September 29, 2013 was a busy day at The Pines as we turned the Retreat Center into a dining hall for the first ever Chicken Barbecue! Even a guided hay wagon ride around The Pines property was available. Thank you, everyone, for the memorable day! We even realized a profit of $1,955.98.

 calandar icon 2014 Featured Events:


Evening Prayer

Evening Prayer:
Walking the Labyrinth While
Praying Mary's Prayer,
the Magnificat
Monday, June 16, 2014; 7:00pm

We will reflect on a modern translation of this prayer and use it as a resource for our walking meditation.
Facilitator: Sr. Margaret Marszal, HM, Retreat Coordinator, at Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center
Cost: Free will offering

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Spirit Day

Refresh Your Spirit Day
Recognizing Miracles
Wednesday, June 18, 2014; 9:00am to 3:00pm

Miracles can happen at any moment, we simply need to become awake to them. We will share some miracle stories from Scripture, literature, and life and recognize how God can speak to us in very ordinary circumstances. The day includes input, reflection time, a morning snack and lunch. Massage is also available upon request.
Presenter: Sr. Margaret Marszal, HM, is the Retreat Coordinator at Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center.
Cost: $25 (Registration is required.)

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Silent

Silent Contemplative Retreat Weekend
Thursday, June 19 to Sunday, June 22, 2014
Begins at 4:00pm ends on Sunday at 1:00pm

This retreat will provide an opportunity to deepen the practice of Centering Prayer in an atmosphere of silence and community support. Hosted at Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center, it is sponsored by Contemplative Outreach in Northeast, Ohio.
To register:

Contact Mary McGeary (216) 618-0230

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Summer Book

Summer Book Discussion:
The First Phone Call from Heaven
by Mitch Albom

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:00pm

Written by Mitch Albom, author of Have a Little Faith: A True Story and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, this novel tells the story of a town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the after life. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? A grief-stricken single father is determined to find out. This book is an allegory about the power of belief—and a page-turner that will touch your spirit.
Facilitator: Sr. Margaret Marszal, HM, retreat coordinator at Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center.
Cost: Free will offering
(Registration is required.)

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Summer Art

Mandalas: Woven and Drawn
Friday, June 27 to Sunday, June 29, 2014
Begins Friday with supper at 5:30pm and ends at 1:00pm on Sunday

In this retreat, we will create mandalas out of clothesline and yarn using a Native American weaving style and create drawings using colored pencils on black paper. During the creative experience, we will explore how art can be a resource for prayer. No art experience is necessary. Materials are included in the fee. Presenter: Sr. Margaret Marszal, HM, Retreat Coordinator, Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center has a background in Art Education and Christian Spirituality.

Cost: $205 Overnight/ (All meals and housing)
Commuter Rate: $115 (Lunch and supper included)
($25 Non-refundable deposit)
(Registration is required.)

 

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Directed Retreat

Directed Retreat
Monday, July 7 to Sunday, July 13, 2014 Begins 5:30pm with Supper on Monday
and ends Sunday at 10:00am

With the assistance of a spiritual director, the retreatants are aided in noticing God's presence in their life. Scripture, nature, and other prayer resources allow retreatants to listen for God's activity in every day events. An environment of silence is an important part of this retreat.
Directors: Sr. Peggy Duffy, OSU,
Sr. Breta Gorman, RSM,
Sr. Stephanie Helfrich, OSU,
Sr. Marianne Longo, RSM and
Sr. Pat Meyer, OSF

Cost: $450 (Non-refundable Deposit: $25)

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Summer Overnight

Summer Overnight Retreat
Finding God in Our Own Backyard
Friday, July 18 to Saturday, July 19: begins with supper at 5:30pm and
ends at 3:00pm on Saturday

July 18-19: Summer Overnight Retreat "Finding God in Our Own Back Yard"; begins Friday with supper at 5:30pm and ends at 3:00pm on Saturday. Is caring For God's Creation just another item on the long list of "shoulds"? Or could it be something more? Facilitated by author and organic farmer Kyle Kramer, this retreat will help participants learn to care about Creation not just as an urgent moral necessity, but as an exciting spiritual adventure with the Author of nature. The focus will be the beauty and wonder of nature that we can encounter in the near-at-hand: in our yards, gardens, farms, parks, and cities. Presenter: Kyle T. Kramer is the director of graduate lay degree programs and spiritual formation for St. Meinrad, a Benedictine monastery and school of theology. He is the author of A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt (Ave Maria Press 2010). With his wife Cyndi and their three young children (Eva, Clare, and Elijah), he farms organic fruits and vegetables on 27 acres in south-central Indiana and lives in a solar-and wind-powered home he designed and built himself. To register, contact Brenda at 419-332-6522.
Cost: $130 Overnight;
Commuter Rate $90 (includes Friday Supper and Saturday lunch)

($25 non-refundable deposit)

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Conference Retreat

Conference Retreat
Pausing to Grow in Awareness
Sunday, July 20 at 5:30pm (begins with supper) to 10:30am Friday, July 25, 2014

Spirituality has been defined by the spiritual masters as "the growing in awareness that we are more than what we think we are…that deep within us is our spiritual center, God's presence, the source of our blessedness." In order to truly live, they say, means to be aware of this blessedness and to act out of it. This retreat seeks to search out ways to become aware of what is indeed deep within us, namely, the very presence of God. With the insights of some spiritual giants such as Meister Eckhart, Anthony de Mello, Karl Rahner, Ronald Rolheiser, John Shea and others, this retreat seeks to help its participants realize their blessedness by removing the obstacles they/we hold on to which conceal the Kingdom of God within. Thus we will spend some time trying to discover what hides this blessedness from us. This retreat takes a down-to-earth approach to spirituality and is conducted in a narrative, storytelling style.
Presenter: Fr. James Friedel is a member of the Order of St. Augustine (Augustinians) and has served in several ministries including director and associate director for the Marriage & Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago, director of his province's graduate theology program, and pastor in a Chicago parish for thirteen years. Since 1990 Fr. Jim has been conducting parish missions and retreats throughout the United States and Canada.
Cost: $475 Overnight/ Commuter $245 (Commuter rate includes lunch and supper.)

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Wellstreams

The Wellstreams Program is pleased to offer
A Silent Six Day Directed Retreat

Retreat begins at 4:30pm on Tuesday and ends at 4:30pm on Monday.

Relax, renew and refresh your spirit
Deepen your relationship with God

Directors for this retreat are trained spiritual directors who have three or more years
experience in the contemplative approach to spiritual direction.
To enroll, please complete the registration form below and return it, along with your
non-refundable deposit of $100,
NO LATER THAN JUNE 15, 2014
or you may register online at our website: www.wellstreamscolumbus.org using your
credit card. The balance will be due on or before July 20, 2014 Space is limited and registrations are made in order received. For more information pleasecontact
Sr. Carol Ann Spencer, OP: 614-228-8867 or email: carol.spencer.1@juno.com


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Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer
Monday, August 4, 2014
7:00pm

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us. It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer but rather add a depth of meaning to all prayer forms. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with Jesus.
Cost: Free Will Offering

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Summer Sabbath

Summer Sabbath Day
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
9:30am to 3:30pm

Come to the Pines for a day of rest and renewal. We will begin with an opening reflection on how to keep the Sabbath and provide some reenergizing time for yourself. Use the day to pray, read, create, walk, swim, or just be. Golf is available across the street. Massage is available but a reservation for it needs to be made in advance. Morning snack and lunch are included.
Cost: $25 (Registration is required)

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Workshop

Workshop:
The Caregiving Journey
9:00am to 11:00am
Saturday, August 9, 2014

This program will consist of a presentation along with shared discussion covering the calling, the costs, and the blessings associated with caregiving.
Presenter: Deacon Jim Cavera is a retired clinical social worker with years of experience in psychiatric and medical settings. He and his wife Ann were caregivers for eight years. They are published authors and write a regular column for The Catholic Chronicle for the Toledo Diocese.
Cost: $10 (Registration is required.)

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Evening Prayer

Prayer Evening:
Walking the Labyrinth to Music
Monday, August 18, 2014; 7:00pm

Music can help us to quiet ourselves.
For this walking meditation, we will walk the labyrinth to a variety of hymns played by musicians on site.
Cost: Free will offering (Refreshments will follow.)

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Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
7:00pm

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us. It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer but rather add a depth of meaning to all prayer forms. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with Jesus.
Cost: Free Will Offering

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Reflection with a cup of tea

Reflection with a Cup of Tea
Coming Home to Yourself
Tuesday, September 9;
9:00am to 10:30am

Based on Venerable Catherine McAuley's emphasis on Mercy hospitality with a cup of tea, this morning will offer nourishment for body, mind, and spirit with light refreshments and a presentation on faith and spirituality. Prayer and reflection will be on your longing for coming home to yourself and your thirst for God.
Presenter: Sr. Marianne Longo, RSM
, former Director of Our Lady of the Pines for over twenty years is now involved full time in the ministry of spiritual direction.
Cost: $7 (Registration is required.)

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Drum Circle

Drum Circle
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Amy and Donna will share with you the history and nature of drumming and drum circles. You will also learn about the drums being used and then get the opportunity to participate in a drum circle. No previous musical experience is needed. Just come with an open heart and a willing spirit. We will be drumming to music that will lift your heart.

Come and join with friends for a rhythm party! Families are welcome.

Presenters: Amy Slatter & Donna Steinbauer
Amy Slatter has been passionately drumming since 2010. The smell of wood smoke, moonlight, and the sounds of others coming together to joyfully play together can create a sense of peace. Nature is given a voice through drumming, and our hopes, fears, and dreams can be played out. Donna Steinbauer is new to drumming but has been playing various musical instruments since the age of 10. She has a great love for many types of music and enjoys sharing this and her musical talents with others.
Cost: Free will offering.
(Registration is required)

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Prayer Evening

Prayer Evening :
The Rainbow and the Cross
Monday, September 22, 2014; 7:00pm

Our Church gives us a beautiful feast, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The cross towers in the sky, above our churches and the sacred 'sign of the cross' marks each of us in remembrance of our holy Baptism. The rainbow's brilliant magnificent colors arch over the terrain only after a torrential storm. We experience freshness, a clearing away of the dark clouds of the past. Our prayer will raise us to a deep awareness of God's covenant relationship with each one of us and our connectedness with all creation.

Presenter: Sr. Pat Meyer, OSF is a Franciscan Sister of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Louis, Missouri. Most of St. Pat's ministry has been in education, retreat, and parish work.

Cost: Free will offering (Refreshments will follow.)

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Lunch And Lecture

Lunch and Lecture
Where is God When Life is Rough?
Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's easy to believe in God when things are going our way. But where is God when life gets rough? Using scripture, stories, and song, Sister Melannie will attempt to answer this important question. Sister Melannie will have her books available to purchase and be signed at the end of this presentation.
Presenter: Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND, has been a Sister of Notre Dame for 45 years. Her ministry experience includes teaching high school and college, being novice director for her congregation, working six years with the Jesuit novitiate in Detroit, serving as provincial (president) of the Sisters of Notre Dame, and directing retreats. The author of ten books and numerous articles, Sister currently writes and gives talks and retreats nationally. She is humorous and down-to-earth in her presentations.
Cost: $20 (Registration is required.)

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Nature Walk

Nature Walk :
Night Time Fliers
Saturday, October 4, 2014;
6:00pm to 7:30pm

As the sun goes down, the wings start flapping for our nocturnal predators. No binoculars are needed to explore the evening sky for silent fliers. Learn more about the natural history of our native bats and owls. Bring your family to this fun Fall experience. Presenter: Debbie Haubert has been a naturalist for 18 years, educating people of all ages about the wonders of nature. She began her career with Ruth Lily YMCA Outdoor Education Center and has been working at Sandusky County Park District for 12 years.
Cost: Free will offering
(Registration Required.)

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Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
7:00pm

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us. It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer but rather add a depth of meaning to all prayer forms. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with Jesus.
Cost: Free Will Offering

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Spirit Day

Refresh Your Spirit Day
An Autumn Invitation
Wednesday, October 8, 2014;
9:00am to 3:00pm

Come and spend quiet time with God. Gaze at autumn's beauty as you remember how much you are loved and affirmed by God who hears your prayers.
Presenter: Sr. Breta Gorman, RSM, is a long time educator, retreat director and spiritual director and has served at Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center for many years.
Cost: $25 (Registration is required.) A morning snack and lunch are included in the day.

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Mini Directed

Mini-Directed Retreat
Friday, Oct. 10 to Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 Begins 5:30pm with supper on Monday
and ends Sunday at 1:30pm

With the assistance of a spiritual director, the retreatants are aided in noticing God's presence in their life. Scripture, nature, and other prayer resources allow retreatants to listen for God's activity in every day events. An environment of silence is an important part of this retreat.
Directors: Debbie Brenneman,
Sr. Pat Meyer, OSF,
Sr. Margaret Marszal, HM
Sr. Wanda Smith, RSM

Cost: $215 (Includes meals, housing and spiritual direction)
Deposit: $25 (Registration is required.)

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Prayer Evening

Prayer Evening:
Evensong with Strings, Keys, &
Nimble Fingers

Monday, October 20th, 2014; 7:00pm

Come to an evening of prayer and live music. Let the music fill your spirit.
Presenter: Sr. Noel Frey, RSM is a retired chaplain from St. Rita's hospital in Lima, Ohio. She is an accomplished musician and assists at Liturgies at St. Bernardine Home.
Cost: Free will offering (Refreshments will follow.)

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Mens BBQ

Just for Men
Barbecue Spirituality:
Some Things I Wanted to Know About the Bible, but was too Cool to Ask
Thursday, October 23, 2014;
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Understanding the Scriptures still eludes a good portion of Catholics at many levels. The presentation will include some basic concepts like literary form and language.

Presenter: Fr. Jerry Chmiel is a priest from the Toledo Diocese. He has been assigned several parishes as associate pastor and pastor and is currently in Senior Status assisting with a variety of parishes in the diocese.
Cost: $15 (Registration is required.)

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Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer
Monday, November 4, 2014
7:00pm

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us. It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer but rather add a depth of meaning to all prayer forms. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with Jesus.
Cost: Free Will Offering

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Lunch And Lecture

Lunch and Lecture
Forgotten Language of God:
An Introduction to Dreams
Fr. John Blaser
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Noon to 2:00pm

What do our dreams really tell us? Why don't I remember my dreams and what can I do to help remember them? Why are my dreams so strange and filled with seemingly useless images? Come to this lunch and lecture to explore how dreams can be beneficial to understanding what is going on in our lives.

Presenter: Fr. John Blaser is a retired priest of the Toledo Diocese. He has served in various parishes, as Director of Continuing Education for Priests and Office of Religious Education. In retirement he ministers to the Ohio State Prison in Toledo, the Federal Prison in Milan, Michigan and visits diocesan parishes for the Propagation of the Faith Support. Fr. John recently completed a two year program for Dream Leader with Haden Institute of Hendersonville, NC.
Cost: $15 (Registration is required.)

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GIFT

Grandmothers in Faith Together Retreat Day:
Becoming 'Bread" for Our Families
Saturday, November 8, 2014;
9:30am to 4:00pm

The Book of Ruth and writer/activist Dorothy Day: What do these two women have in common? Did you know Ruth's only child, a daughter had nine children? Dorothy Day was grandmother of nine! Both were grandmothers and both spent their lives becoming "bread" for others. Ruth gleaned the harvest in Bethlehem (which means "House of Bread') and Dorothy Day established houses of bread to feed the hungry. What can we learn from these two women that will help us provide spiritual food for our children and grandchildren? Join us for a day devoted to "Becoming Bread for our Families." Share your own grandmother stories in the company of women who understand. Bring 2-4 photos of your grandchildren to share.
Presenter Ann Cavera: In addition to being a mother and grandmother of four grandchildren, Ann Cavera has been a Peace Corps volunteer, teacher, college admissions counselor and Religious Education Director. She has a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Evansville and a Master's Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. For fourteen years she and her husband Jim wrote "The Second Half," an award winning column for people of faith in the second half of life. Currently, they write "Grounded in God," a monthly column for the Catholic Chronicle for the Diocese of Toledo. They are also the authors of Grounded in God, a book of reflections published by Liguori Press.
Cost: $35 (includes morning snack and lunch--Registration is required.)

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Reflection with a cup of tea

Reflection with a Cup of Tea
Grateful Hearts
Tuesday, November 11;
9:00am to 10:30am

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. As good as it is that we set aside one day a year to be thankful, let's strive to live with a grateful heart all year. Taking time to remember to say thanks each day is a blessing.

Presenter: Sr. Wanda Smith, RSM
is a Sister of Mercy of the South Central Community. She completed her internship in spiritual direction at the Jesuit Renewal Center in Milford, OH and has years of experience in directed, guided and preached retreats.
Cost: $7 (Registration is required.)

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Prayer Evening

Prayer Evening:
Praying on the Gift and the
Spirituality of Gratitude
Monday, November 17th, 2014; 7:00pm

Come to an evening of prayer to renew of sense of gratitude in your life. Become aware of how God blesses us each day.

Presenter: Sr. Marianne Longo, RSM, former Director of Our Lady of the Pines for over twenty years, is now involved full time in the ministry of spiritual direction.
Cost: Free will offering (Refreshments will follow.)

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Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
7:00pm

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us. It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer but rather add a depth of meaning to all prayer forms. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with Jesus.

Cost: Free Will Offering

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Spirit Day

Refresh Your Spirit Day
From Darkness into Light
Wednesday, December 3, 2014;
9:00am to 3:00pm

During this season of Advent, it seems we spend much time in the darkness due to the short daylight hours. And yet so much occurs in the mystery of darkness. We will pray and "be" with our own darkness knowing in the depths of our being that WITH DAWN, COMES LIGHT!

Presenter: Sr. Pat Meyers, OSF is a Franciscan Sister of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Louis, Missouri. Most of St. Pat's ministry has been in education, retreat, and parish work.
Cost: $25 (Registration is required.) A morning snack and lunch are included in the day.

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Advent Overnight

Advent Overnight Weekend
Holy Listening
Dinner at 5:30pm, Friday, December 12
to Saturday, December 13, 2014, 3:00pm

Meaningful listening with presence is becoming a lost gift of all ages for many in our culture. Our Advent Retreat is a wonderful time to prepare for the birth of Jesus with the prayer of listening. This retreat gives you time to refresh and deepen your ability to listen in your journey of life.

Presenter: Sr. Marianne Longo, RSM, former Director of Our Lady of the Pines for over twenty years is now involved full time in the ministry of spiritual direction.

Cost: $110.00 for overnight stay

Commuter Rate: $65.00
includes Friday supper and Saturday lunch)

Deposit: $25.00 Deposit
(registration and deposit required for both rates)

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A WELCOME FROM THE DIRECTOR:

Welcome to the website of Our Lady of the Pines in Fremont, Ohio!
This retreat center, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, South Central Region, sits on sixty three acres of pine trees. Whether you are in need of providing a day of mental health for employees, require a space for visioning or strategic planning, desire to personally participate in a conference/guided retreat, or a directed retreat with an individual spiritual director, experience a day of personal prayer in one of the hermitages, or walk the grounds to find our God in nature, Our Lady of the Pines extends a warm welcome to each of you. I invite you to come and see, to experience the Mercy hospitality of Our Lady of the Pines, and to give yourself the gift of God's permeating presence.

Sister Mariella Bradley, RSM Executive Director

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