Step Away for Awhile: A silent, directed retreat

The Healing Power of Silence: A silent, directed retreat



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  • Precious Blood Renewal Center
    2120 St. Gaspar Way
    Liberty, Missouri 64068
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    Why a silent, directed retreat?

    June 10-12*
    9 a.m. Friday to Sunday 4 p.m.
    In-person and Zoom options available.

    For God alone, my soul waits in silence. — Psalm 67:1

    Medical research has found that people who practice silence, even for as little as two minutes, lower their blood pressure, slow their heart rate, reduce muscle tension and increase focus and cognition.

    We know intuitively that we feel better when we take a break from the hurly-burly, screen-focused noisy lives we live.

    Scripture, science and experience tell us that we all should cultivate silence in our lives. If we know this, why do we resist it? Why is it so hard to find quiet?

    Be still before the LORD; wait for him. — Psalm 37:7

    If you want “to learn to better wait in silence,” a silent, directed retreat with Precious Blood Renewal Center might be what you’re looking for. A silent, directed retreat is a personally guided prayer experience over three days. Each retreatant meets with a spiritual director daily for reflection and spiritual discernment.

    All people making the retreat begin with a communal prayer experience and then individuals meet one-on-one with our trained, experienced retreat directors. The group meetings and prayers are a hybrid experience, with some retreatants in person and others joining by Zoom. The individual meetings too can be conducted in person or via Zoom.

    If you are joining us in person, we require participants to show proof of vaccination. We practice social distancing and require masks at all times indoors.

    What’s the Cost?

    Our suggested donation for the three-day directed retreat is $90. We ask for additional offerings for those needing food and lodging, but no one will be turned away. Please support us with what you can afford.

    Not Sure This Is for You?

    Learn more about directed retreats here. Or contact the Renewal Center (by email info@pbrenewalcenter.org or calling 816-415-3745) and one of our directors will reach out to you with more information.

    Our Spiritual Directors

    Kathy Keary holds a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in theological studies, and completed Sophia Center’s Souljourners Program, an intense study of spirituality and spiritual direction. Kathy believes that the Divine is present and active in all of life and encourages others to be awakened to the God in all including the Divine within. She enjoys accompanying others on their journey to wholeness, discovering the person they were created to be.

    Fr. Ron Will, a Precious Blood priest, is a graduate of Catholic Theological Union and Creighton University’s School of Christian Spirituality. Fr. Ron has a special interest in helping form intentional disciples of Jesus, encouraging others to go spiritually deep-sea diving to explore a deeper relationship with God, and walking with people as they dive into the ocean of God’s mystery actually experiencing God rather than simply dipping one’s toe into the water.

    *Retreats are also offered Sept 16-18.*