Starts: Friday 10 September 2021 @ 5pm
Ends: Sunday 12 September 2021 @ 2pm
Venue: Dowry House Retreat, Walsingham (www.dowryhouse.org.uk)
The forth in a series of retreats on Walsingham Spirituality and discovering from Mary herself how to receive and live the gift of the Divine Will with a spirit of thanksgiving so central to the message of Walsingham.
Retreatants can participate from the comfort of their homes via zoom or in Dowry House where personal accompaniment from one of the sisters will also be on offer.
For all the beauty of the Shrine of Walsingham, there is something much greater and it is contained in God’s Word. Over the weekend we will be invited follow the example of Mary, to encounter God’s Word, to share in Mary’s joy at the Annunciation, and to say ‘yes’ to God, as Mary said ‘yes’: Mary, as the first disciple, invites us to share in her Joy at the Annunciation, when the ‘Word became flesh and dwelt among us’ (John 1:14).
This joy, which can only reside in our heart, in not simply an emotion, or strong feeling; it is the knowledge that we are loved, and this knowledge is the greatest antidote to fear and anxiety. We can’t always be happy, but we can always have the strength of joy in our lives. Our world still walks in darkness, for so many of our brothers and sisters have not seen the great light. This light is known only through a human encounter, for the Word became flesh and lived among us. Therefore, the world waits for women and men, who have said ‘yes’ to God in their lives, to be beacons of light to those who live in darkness. Each moment in history demands great sacrifices, acts of love and kindness, acts of graciousness and radical generosity to address the darkness that so besets our world. The challenge of renewal within the Church is not about administration, it is about a renewal of the personal and generous response in the lives of its members to say ‘yes’ as Mary said ‘yes’.
“Oh Mary, teach us always to say Yes to God, every moment of our life.
Oh Mary, teach us always to give THANKS to God, every moment of our life.’
Booking a place
Enjoy the weekend in Walsingham for £160 per person in an en-suite room or £140 in a standard room. This price includes all your meals from Friday supper to Sunday lunch as well as refreshments. You can enjoy the beautiful house and grounds of Dowry House Retreat as well as access to the stunning Adoration chapel. There is also the opportunity for spiritual accompaniment from a Sister. If you would like to stay with us, please email Dowry House. Please aim to book by three weeks in advance of your stay.
We are very grateful for any donation you can give to help support Dowry House Retreat. We suggest the following rates per person.
Usual donation range: £40 – £60
18 – 25 year olds: £20 – £30
To register to attend this retreat via Zoom, please complete this form (Please choose the correct retreat on the first line of the form)
Your details will come through to us and we will send you the donation link. Please register by Wednesday 8th September 2021.
If you have registered and do not hear back from us within 3 days – or by 11am on Friday 10th September 2021 – please email us directly.