WAVERLY (SNR) - Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly is celebrating “55 Years of Prayers Answered,” as thousands of men and women have discovered the power of prayer and silence on weekend retreats there.
In addition to the benefit of having the retreat house as a place of sanctuary, the Diocese of Lincoln is fortunate to have several nationally-known retreat masters this year, such as Father Angelus Montgomery, CFR of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal Feb. 22-24, Sharon Doran of SeekingTruth.net March 29-31, and Bishop Ronald Gilmore and Jacqueline Loh of GraceThatReigns.com, Bishop Emeritus of Dodge City, Kan., April 12-14.
Sister Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT will lead a weekend retreat for men and women Feb. 15-17, “Healing and Living Our Lives in the Image and Likeness of God.”
Retreatants will focus on seven goals for living in the “Image and Likeness of God” who: knows Himself, communicates Himself, moves in the order of love and gift, makes His love visible, sets goals, has an overall plan, and lives in a communion of Persons.
“The Image and Likeness retreat deals with cultivating and reclaiming a sacramental vision of reality,” Sister Anne Marie explained, “and understanding what it means to be created in God’s image and likeness.”
“In our culture today, the senses are constantly engaged and in overdrive,” she continued, “therefore it is important to understand what’s needed for their reformation, by moving through the mysteries of creation in relationship to the senses and in relationship to our own restoration in Christ.”
Sister Anne Marie has directed many retreats for the School Sisters of Christ the King, and Mother Joan Paul, CK, said she was “deeply impressed with her clear statement of the truth.”
“I highly recommend her, as Sister Anne Marie’s beautiful words are always insightful and healing,” she said.
Sister Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT, has been a religious for 32 years, and has taught in SOLT schools in the United States and Italy, and served in the formation of seminarians and sisters. She has been involved in pro-life work and in giving retreats and recollections based on the teachings of the Church, particularly Pope John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body.”
Sister Ann Marie was the General Sister Servant (Mother Superior) for the Sisters of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) for 10 years. She currently serves at their Domus Trinitatis retreat center in Carroll, Iowa. As a cancer survivor, she especially helps those who are suffering or dying, to be strengthened in their perspective on life, and to know God’s personal love.
SOLT is a Catholic international missionary society based in Corpus Christi, Texas, founded in 1958. It is a community of disciples of Jesus through Mary composed of all vocations; its priests, brothers, sisters and laity serve on ecclesial family teams in apostolic mission.