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   Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center located in Fremont, Ohio

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 calandar icon 2014 Featured Events:
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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