A weekend of prayer, reflection and relaxation
Last weekend twenty-three people gathered at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales for the first province staff retreat organised by the Jesuits in Britain.
The group included lay staff and volunteers from Jesuit Missions, Jesuits in Britain, Jesuit parishes, schools, chaplaincies and communities from across the UK, all of whom were invited to spend time with God, each other and creation over the course of the weekend.
Jesuit Missions staff members Shannon Philip and Vincenzo Loggia were among those who attended. Vincenzo said:
“The weekend retreat at St Buenos has been a truly life enhancing experience for me. It has given me a long overdue opportunity to take stock of my life to date in a beautiful and serene environment amongst wonderful, generous and kind Province volunteers and staff. The entire weekend programme was superb from start to finish with a balance of Prayer, Reflection, Relaxation and a wide selection of thought-provoking workshops. The retreat has provided me with a boost to my spiritual journey and desire to continue to contribute to the invaluable works of the Society of Jesus. I am very grateful to the British Province for having organised this event.”
The weekend included workshops about the history of the Jesuits in Britain, positive psychology, and praying with art and creation in between time for prayer and sharing with one another.
The overwhelming sense among the group at the end of the weekend was one of gratitude, for the opportunity to spend time in the peaceful and prayerful environment, and for the chance to meet and get to know their colleagues, and the retreat team.
Director of St Beuno’s, Roger Dawson SJ said,
“I’ve been delighted by the feedback, a lot of which said there was a real sense of belonging and family, which was a wonderful thing to hear. We will definitely be doing it again.”
This article was adapted from the Jesuits in Britain website.