VANCOUVER – The team at Rachel’s Vineyard sees forgiveness and healing transform hurting people every year.
For eight years, Sandy Laneville faithfully joined a group of friends to attend a Baptist women’s retreat held annually in Muskoka. It was so inspiring and rejuvenating she decided to organize a retreat of her own, but enhance hers with the sacramental riches of the Catholic faith.
SHARON, ONT. - A group gathers under the full moon at Regina Mundi Renewal Centre on a Saturday evening in late August. They light up the night with candles. The flames illuminate faces that include a grandfather and granddaughters, teens and their parents, small families and large ones — people of all ages.
Even before Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ was released to the world in June, Villa St. Joseph Retreat and Ecology Centre in Cobourg, Ont., was teaching others about the importance of caring for all of God’s creation.
In the summer of 2013, while looking for a property to open a retreat centre, Suresh Dominic looked into a blue sky and saw two clouds intersect to form a cross that pointed towards an abandoned school. He knew he had found his place.
KING CITY, ONT. - I have been on 45 retreats at Marylake. I started as a teenager with youth groups and eventually joined the adult group. I have been a Captain for 20 years or so. After all these years I continue to find Marylake a special place.