November 5-7 – Women’s Weekend Retreat
November 5 - November 7
This retreat is ON-SITE with no social distancing.
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Retreat Director: Linda Baratte
Linda Baratte is a popular presenter and retreat leader, serving parishes and communities of faith in Northern New Jersey. She has a commitment to accompanying adults in their faith journeys, with a special focus on women’s spirituality. An RCIA ‘graduate,’ she served as the Director of the Center for Theological and Spiritual Development at Saint Elizabeth University in Morristown, New Jersey until her retirement in 2010.
Linda has a Masters in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and a Doctorate in Religious Education from Fordham University. She is a member of the Loyola Jesuit Center Board of Directors, where she chairs the Mission Committee and offers Days of Prayer. Linda and her husband Jim are members of the Christian Life Community, a lay Ignatian intentional community, and Notre Dame Parish of Mount Carmel in Cedar Knolls.
“Clothed in Christ: A Weekend Retreat for Women”
Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, urged the fledgling community there to ‘put on the whole armor of God.’ What is the armor in our own ‘spiritual clothes closet’ these days? Using the wisdom from our Christian tradition and our own experience as women, we will first probe what we might need to shed, freeing ourselves from anything that prevents us from claiming our identity as Beloved Daughters. We will then explore what it means to ‘stand naked’ before God. With women’s bodies, how do we claim the power of being beautifully and wonderfully made? Are we sufficient to love? Finally, as the Psalmist declares, what virtues will we choose to ‘deck ourselves in glad array’?
Using Scripture study, stories, and shared conversation and prayer experiences, we will leave with a new commitment to our baptismal call to be clothed with the image of Christ — an answered call that girds us to go out to serve our families and communities with new vigor.
While we will not be following the format of the traditional Preached and Directed retreats this weekend, there will be ample opportunity for personal time spent in meditation, walking in our beautiful gardens, participating in the sacrament of Reconciliation and a healing Mass, and sharing in the Sunday Mass together.