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Advent Programs

Come join us in an Ecumenical Evening Prayer service modeled upon those designed by the interdenominational Christian community of Taize, France.  These sacred candlelight services include beautiful seasonal chants and songs, reading of a psalm and Gospel passage followed by a generous time of silence for personal reflection, prayer of intercession for global needs and closing prayer around the cross.

A member of Briarcliff-Ossining Ministerial Association or Mariandale Retreat Center staff will serve as presider each week.

Wednesdays December 5, 12, 19, 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fee:  free will offering

Advent challenges us, like Mary, to be alert for the unfolding of the Spirit's movement in our lives.  Through prayer, ritual, story and silence, this day invites us to wait and listen for the God who yearns to be reborn in us.

Presenters:  Gaynell Cronin; Jack Rathschmidt, OF Cap., Ph.D.
Gaynell Cronin, MA, is a spiritual director, facilitator of group spiritual direction, and leader of contemplative prayer, retreats and parish missions.  Doorways to Holiness, with co-author Jack Rathschmidt, is her most recent book.
Rev. Jack Rathschmidt, a Capuchin Franciscan Friar, is Director of Post Novitiate Formation for the Capuchin Franciscan Friars of New York/New England.  Writer, teacher, and spiritual director, he is vitally interested in empowering lay people in the church.

Saturday, December 8, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fee:  $55.00

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When all around there are signs of busy-ness, activity, and noise, come home to your heart where God waits for you.  This weekend will provide quiet, rest and peace.  Solitary and group prayer, as well as individual meetings with a spiritual director, will be offered.  Come home . . .

Presenters:  Joan Fronc, OP; Beth McCormick, OP; Judy Schiavo
Joan Fronc, a Dominican Sister of Amityville, NY, holds Masters degrees in Counseling and Spirituality.  An experienced spiritual director, retreat and workshop leader, and facilitator of Contemplative Prayer, Joan is currently Director of Programming at Mariandale.
Beth McCormick is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, a spritual director, and a retreat and workshop leader.  Beth presents on the spiritual life of preachers as part of Mariandale's We Proclaim Institute, a program of preparation for preaching the Word of God.
Judy Schiavo hold an MA in Secondary Education from Seton Hall University and an MS in Religious Education with a concentration in Sprituality and Spritual Direction from Fordham University. Judy is a recently retired high school teacher.

Friday, December 14, 6:00 pm - Sunday December 16, 1:00 pm
Fee:  $175.00

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