Sacred Church – Sinful Church: Creating a community of lamentation and hope

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    Sacred Church – Sinful Church
    Creating a community of lamentation and hope

    Nov. 20-21 (Registration Deadline Extended to Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.)
    8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
    8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday

    Led by Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, CPPS

    Through prayer and shared narratives, we will acknowledge the tension of living our faith in a Church of great grace that often disappoints us by failing to be faithful to the vision of the Gospel. This weekend retreat will help us create communities of lamentation and hope.

    Who’s this for?

    • Those who feel excluded by Church policy and practices.
    • Those discouraged by the polarizing and conflicting visions of Church that have led to the practice of mutual excommunicating of the “other.”
    • Those struggling to remain in a Church that sometimes fails to protect the vulnerable.

    What’s the aim?
    This is an opportunity to engage with others who share your faithful perseverance as you confront the struggle to find meaning in the reality of Church life today.

    What will happen?
    The emphasis of the retreat will be on a process of shared storytelling with only brief presentations. We will utilize the Listening Circle method to create together a safe place for personal sharing and truth-telling.

    We will pray together. We will tell our stories. We will allow hope to embrace us. If you have questions about this retreat, you can contact Fr. Nordenbrock directly at

    Registration is $10. Scholarships are available. Inquire with the Renewal Center.

    Registration is limited to 20 persons. If you register after that number is reached, you will be added to a waitlist.


    Saturday Nov. 20

    • 8:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
    • 9-noon first session
    • Noon-1 p.m. lunch
    • 1-3 second session
    • 3:30-5:30 third session
    • 5:30 supper
    • 6:30 evening prayer

    Sunday Nov. 21

    • 8:30-11:30 continental breakfast and session four
    • 11:30 – Mass
    • 12:30 – light lunch

    Bill Nordenbrock, CPPS is an ordained member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. He has held ministerial positions in pastoral care and has served the Precious Blood community in a variety of leadership and program administration positions. HIs work has included the preaching of retreats and parish missions, as well as, guiding the process of communication and reconciliation for faith communities. He is the author of Beyond Accompaniment: Guiding a Fractured Community to Wholeness (Liturgical Press, 2011).

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