On December 8, 2014, SCN Pre-Novices began a five day contemplative retreat conducted by Mary Elizabeth Miller, SCN, the former president of the SCN Congregation. The theme of the retreat was “Drawn by a dream – Lured by Love.” Each day had a unique theme. Many topics were discussed including God’s love, his call, the facets of discipleship, and God’s journey with the Pre-Novices. The time of quiet gave participants the opportunity to contemplate and pray. Individual spiritual direction was also given by Sister Mary Elizabeth. Pre-Novices say the spiritual direction nourished one’s inner soul and brought about a sense of awareness of self and God. It also brought all involved in the retreats into a deeper relationship with Jesus. The unique God experiences that were shared were strengthening, and various scripture passages and group sharing inspired us. The retreat in every sense was a great blessing.

Florina Joseph, Pre-Novice