By Brendan Bitz, Director of Queen’s House of Retreat and Renewal
Queen’s House has been closed to the public since mid-March. It is difficult to believe, but this is our collective, new, temporary normal and we join the commitment of our community to get to the other side of this challenge safely.
Queen’s House is in the midst of planning opportunities in offering education and insight to those who are wanting to grow in their spiritual journey. We also look forward to the day when we can open our doors and welcome the many groups who love to meet at Queen’s House as they offer meetings and conferences.
Our first retreat offering will be in early July, with Fr. Ron Rolheiser’s annual Summer Stillness retreat being offered on Zoom (more information below).
Further programming will be organized for the fall months, and these will be advertised in future editions of this e-newsletter.
We thank all those who participated in our annual “Spring Fling” raffle – a virtual fundraiser that has been organized annually for several years. Ongoing financial support for our retreat centre is critical as we discern the path forward. Most of our staff are enrolled in the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) program which has allowed them to stay safe at home and to maintain their homes and families in the short term.
We continue to operate with a skeleton staff focused on completing upgrading, repair and maintenance projects already underway, managing the needs and requirements of local Oblate personnel and ministries, and doing the necessary hardware and software updates for many of our offices here at the retreat centre, and putting in place the technology that will allow our patrons to register for programs online through our website, as well as donate to Queen’s House online.
We look forward to seeing you soon – online and eventually in person – and we sincerely thank you for your prayer and support during this time. Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre continues to be committed to “Nourish Your Mind and Nurture Your Spirit” as we move forward.
Peace be with you!
Brendan Bitz, Director
Information about the 2020 Summer Stillness Retreat with Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, to be offered ONLINE July 6-July 9, with a Monday-evening-only option
For complete information including the retreat schedule please visit this webpage: Stillness Retreat Information.
There are two options :
- Monday evening only, July 6, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Topic: Faith, Doubt and Darkness: Understanding the Dynamics of Belief and Doubt Beyond the Fervor of Youth – $25. To register on-line: LINK to Monday evening registration or to register by phone call 306-242-1916. .
- The complete retreat – Monday evening, July 6, 7:00 p.m. – Thursday July 9, 11:30 a.m. – Topic for Tuesday-Thursday: Naming the Present Moment of our Faith: Searching for Nurturing Metaphors in a Time of Receding Transcendence – $100 per screen – any additional participants are invited to give a donation to Queen’s House. To register for the full retreat go to LINK to register for the entire retreat. To offer a donation for more than one participant go to DONATIONS. To register or donate by phone call 306-242-1916.