Over 50 religious Sisters from across the Diocese of Orlando gathered Jan. 7-10 at the Doubletree Hotel in Melbourne for their annual retreat that included fellowship, prayer, learning and the celebration of Mass with Bishop John Noonan.
The theme “Taking a Long, Loving Look at the Real through Music, Movies, and Movement,” invited the sisters to look at the realities around them with new eyes, new perspectives, and in a more profound way and to focus more intently on God’s presence in their lives.
Keynote Speaker Immaculate Heart of Mary Nancy Sylvester led the Sisters in different reflections on how they can develop a deeper contemplative spirit. She used faith-filled songs and other media to capture the essence of the retreat’s theme.
Sister Nancy founded the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue in 2002 in response to her experiences working for justice and right relationships in Church and in society. She is a co-editor of the book, “Crucible for Change: Engaging Impasses through Communal Contemplation and Dialogue.”
“Sister Nancy’s hope is to broaden our faith by opening all our senses to prayer and experience the beauty of this grace-filled world,” said Dominican Sister of Adrian Rosemary Finnegan, Moderator of Women Religious.
The retreat concluded with the celebration of Mass with Bishop John Noonan and a luncheon.