Mini-retreats with Bishop Clark are offered - Catholic Courier

Mini-retreats with Bishop Clark are offered

Need a break from the daily grind and a chance to renew your spirit? Consider taking a mini-retreat that offers the extra bonus of spending quality time with your bishop.

“Gathering on Hope with Bishop Matthew Clark” will take place on Monday, April 4, at St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 W. Broad St., Horseheads; and Wednesday, April 6, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, Rochester. Both sessions will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

Along with reflections from Bishop Clark on the topic of hope, each evening will include spiritual readings on hope and time for individual and group reflection in a quiet, sacred setting. Participants will develop individual action plans for incorporating hope into their daily living. There also will be question-and-answer periods with Bishop Clark as well as refreshments.

There is no admission charge, and advance registration is not required. The mini-retreats are sponsored by the diocesan Women’s Commission and are open to both women and men.

Sarita Arden, a Women’s Commission member who serves on the group’s leadership team, observed that hope is an important commodity during “these times when so many people are dealing with unemployment, financial pressures, issues of raising a family, having family members deployed or returning from war.” Arden added that the mini-retreats can provide a fresh atmosphere separate from one’s parish setting, and also serve as a good venue for folks who have left the church and are thinking about returning.

The events in Horseheads and Rochester reflect ongoing efforts by the Women’s Commission to lead, educate and voice issues in church and society that impact women and girls. The commission serves as an advisory board to Bishop Clark on such issues. Membership is made up of 18 women from all parts of the Diocese of Rochester. Arden said a special emphasis is currently afoot “to address issues related to the organizational church” as well as to swell the commission’s young-adult membership. Arden added that the Women’s Commission encourages women to share their gifts as well as their stories of faith and hope.

“We have a lot of ideas, and great faith that women have many wonderful stories to share,” Arden said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information about the mini-retreats or to become involved with the Women’s Commission, contact Sarita Arden at 585-385-5886 or; or Shannon Loughlin at 585-328-3228, ext.1218, or

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