Learn lessons in compassion and contemplation by focusing on the life journey of Mary, the mother of Jesus, during a silent, guided retreat at Marillac Center, Leavenworth, Kan., on Oct. 4 and 5.

Sister Judith Jackson, SCL, will serve as the retreat facilitator for “Letting Mary Matter: Lessons in Compassion, Contemplation.” Participants will reflect on the mysteries of Mary’s life journey – from the Annunciation to Pentecost – with renewed energy and refreshed perspectives. Retreat goals include enriched spirituality and appreciation of Mary as a woman for all times.

Sister Judith has been a teacher, administrator, hospital and hospice chaplain, and healthcare leader in mission integration/ministry formation/ethics. She has presented widely as a reflector and story-teller. Sister Judith has a master’s degree in spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha, and advanced training in clinical pastoral education.

The retreat will begin with evening prayer and the opening session on Friday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s schedule will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. An option is to attend Saturday only of the retreat.

Donation for this retreat is $50 and includes meals; Saturday only, $35 including lunch. Overnight accommodations are $55 per night. A $25 deposit is requested in advance. Call 913-680-2342 to register; email retreats@scls.org; or register online at www.marillaccenter.org.

Marillac Center is the retreat and spirituality center of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCLs). It is located at 4200 South 4th Street, Leavenworth, Kan., on the campus of the SCL Mother House.

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