Ms. Wendy Donnell, director of Christian Education, attended a one-day retreat entitled “Ave Maria! Walking Barefoot with Mary” in December 2022. The program took place at the Rolling Ridge Retreat Center.
The Reverend Dr. Stephanie Rutt led the session, which explored Mary’s close relationship with God and featured reflections on Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross by Edward Sri. The program description stated, “We’ll explore together how to answer the call for our lives, transform the fear that inevitably shows up, and cultivate the total surrender required to be a mother of God.”
Ms. Donnell enjoyed setting aside time for reflection and conversation with priests, ministers, educators, and seekers. “I experienced a welcoming community through conversation, music, Taizé, chanting, journaling, and prayer,” she stated. “It was a loving and welcoming experience for me.”
Learn more about Ms. Donnell’s reflections during worship on Sunday, January 8, 2023.