Starting on February 22, 2019 and ending on February 24, 2019, a retreat was held in conjunction with Nazareth Retreat Center and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Associates – marking the first time that these two parts of the SCN family have worked together in this capacity. The retreat was led by Rhoda Kay Glunk, SCN, and was called Vincent & Louise: Contemplatives in Action. Together, more than eighty sisters, associates, and inquiring associates took advantage of the opportunity to gather and listen to Sr. Kay’s weekend-long presentation about the lives, personalities, writings, and spirituality of Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Louise de Marillac. Many attendees spoke to how much they loved being reminded that Vincent and Louise didn’t always have the best intentions, weren’t always saints, and didn’t always get along. It made them seem human. Everyone was also amazed at what the two saints were still able to accomplish in light of their imperfections and disagreements. It became clear that their qualities complemented and sanctified the other – all while revolutionizing how the world thinks about the impoverished and outcast.
The retreat was spread out over three separate days and broken into four different sessions. And, of course, there were opportunities to snack, socialize, and catch-up with one another each evening. On Saturday evening of the retreat, there was also a powerful sharing session where people were able to ask Sr. Kay questions they still had, share their own experiences, talk about what the retreat had meant to them so far, and examine maps to follow the footsteps that Vincent & Louise took throughout their lives. Overall, it was a wonderful weekend full of prayer, listening, learning, comradery, and renewed passion for the beautiful charisms of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.
For those that weren’t able to make the retreat or would like to listen to it again, a video link containing records of each of Sr. Kay’s four main retreat sessions can be found at https://vimeo.com/319818885/fe39f484e0.
A valuable resource following this retreat is an article taken from Famvin.org: The Value of Visiting the Homes of the Poor .