VANCOUVER – The team at Rachel’s Vineyard sees forgiveness and healing transform hurting people every year.

A retreat where women can connect

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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.

Marian retreat aimed at the ‘little souls’

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OTTAWA – An Ottawa couple has created a retreat for children based on stories of Marian apparitions to encourage “little souls” to consecrate themselves to Jesus through Mary.

A celebration of food, family and faith

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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.

Villa St. Joseph stresses care for God’s creation

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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.

Life’s too short: face up to aging

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EDMONTON - Paulist Father Thomas Ryan was turning 50 when he decided he didn’t want just another birthday cake, a scoop of ice cream and “Happy Birthday” sung to him.

Sanctum helps restore weary spirits

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CAROLINE, ALTA. - Spring tune-ups, regular maintenance. We maintain a multitude of things. We also maintain our minds and bodies. Exercise, diet. But what about our spirit? 

Ministry retreats to the ‘Divine’

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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. 

In mid-life, some things die as we are born anew

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The weekend retreat on “mid-life” was neither in my calendar nor on my radar. But at the last minute, my wife, the scheduled attendee, needed to cancel. 

Southdown has right-sized

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After almost 50 years, the Southdown Institute has downsized for the better, says chief executive officer Dorothy Heiderscheit. 

Marylake a special and unique place

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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.

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