“In the morning, while it was still very dark, he [Jesus] got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” – Mark 1:35 (NRSV)
As part of his ministry, Jesus regularly took time away from the demands of his daily tasks to pray in solitude. He offers us a profound model of what it means to tend our spirits and our prayer lives. He consistently balanced the active life with silence and solitude. His relationship with God filled his active life. He was as busy as we are, but He never let God be less than top priority. We often understand the active and serving part, but often neglect the silent and solitude time with God, which is what allows us to act with a loving attitude and have the patience to carry out our duties.
For millennia, Christians have known and practiced silence and prayer as a means for listening and discerning God’s voice in their lives. So, you are invited to come away to a quiet place to pray…whether you approach this weekend as preparation for the upcoming season of Lent; as a way to “get away” from the noise and demands of your life; as a way to engage in reflection; or as a way to explore new forms of spirituality and prayer. Take time away from the noise and distraction of everyday life to rest and listen for God. God longs for relationships with us – a loving, growing relationship. Prayer is relationship and silence is simply making a space from each other for us to listen to God, but not to be silent with God.
As part of this retreat, you will be led on a journey of spiritual direction, which is time set aside with a spiritual guide t discuss God’s actions in their everyday life. It’s an example of what Jesus did with his disciples to help them live out God’s love.
Spiritual direction can help you:
- Listen for God’s voice
- Grow in knowing God and yourself
- Be aware of God’s presence in all aspects of life’s events
- Deepen your prayer life
- Clarify your vocation
- Advance the church’s mission through “the common good, which is prayer.”
After the Friday evening meal and introductions, silence will be kept for the entire weekend until Sunday morning at a designated time. Retreat time will be spent nurturing your individual relationship with God through prayer, scripture and quiet. Guests are encouraged to explore our walking paths, write in journals and spend their solitude in whatever form or fashion allows them to further connect to God. Retreat leadership will be available to discuss what is surfacing in your prayer, your heart and your relationship with God.
The retreat will be facilitated by a team of Spiritual Directors from St. Peter Upon the Water, some of whom live their Christian faith as Roman Catholics. Their approach to the spirit-filled life and this retreat, however, is ecumenical in nature; all will find ample spiritual space to explore solitude in their own way.
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Mo-Ranch is pleased to partner with St. Peter Upon the Water: A Center for Spiritual Direction & Formation in Ingram, TX to host this retreat.
Just a few short miles from Mo-Ranch, the center offers individual and small group spiritual direction for any Christian believer who seeks guidance on his or her journey. The center’s primary role is to offer a three-year formation program for spiritual directors.
This program forms participants who have discerned a call to the ministry of spiritual direction. To date, four formation cycles have been completed, with over 120 people successfully finishing the program. The staff also offers workshops in parish ministry, retreats in parishes and retreat centers, and missions. A Spiritual Formation Team, led by Dianne Albrecht, will serve as facilitators for this retreat.
Meet the team:
Dianne is a retired college administrator. She served in several community colleges in Arizona under the umbrella of Student Services, i.e. campus police, financial aid, registration, campus housing, and counseling and advising.
She loves the desert and was an avid skier. She is single and is active in her parish at Notre Dame in Kerrville. She spends considerable time with her two godchildren and holds the record for watching the movie, Ice Age. She has enjoyed the ministry of spiritual direction for the past 10 years. Currently her favorite activities are reading, observing the wildlife and walking. This makes MO ranch a delightful place to spend time.
Leslie was an Air Force nurse and an acupuncturist for many years until she came home to the listening ministry of spiritual direction.
She completed formation at St Peter Upon the Water and now especially enjoys being on teams for silent retreats.
She is a parishioner at St Anthony Mary Claret Catholic Church. She is married, lives in San Antonio with her husband, Robert and has a step daughter and two grandchildren.
Mary Ann has served as a spiritual director for two-and-a-half years. She retired from St. Peter the Apostle Parish in 2014 and began Spiritual Direction Formation at St. Peter Upon the Water in Ingram. She received her certification as a Spiritual Director in June of 2018.
Mary Ann has enjoyed serving in ministry in different capacities for over 30 years. After earning a Masters in Pastoral Ministry at Oblate School of Theology, she went on to serve her parish as pastoral associate and has been actively involved in ACTS retreats, ministry to the sick, wedding and funeral ministries.
Currently Mary Ann enjoys organizing and facilitating one day retreats at her parish. She says, “I feel that retreats are instrumental in developing a relationship with Our Lord; growing in our relationship with God and serving others is our calling as followers of Christ.” Mary Ann also enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Gail became fully initiated into the Catholic faith on April 7, 1985, after completing the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program at St. Francis Catholic Church in Lancaster, Texas.
For the majority of the many years since then she has been involved in the RCIA program in two different dioceses. She is now the coordinator of the adult RCIA program at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Kerrville, where she is also a parishioner, lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.
In 2015, she entered the spiritual formation program at St. Peter Upon the Water. For three years, she soaked in the teachings and grew in formation and preparation to be able to join others in their faith journeys. She completed the program in June of 2018 and am a formed Spiritual Director.
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A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 45 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 45 days full payment is required at the time of registration. Full refund minus $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.
What to Bring
Linens are provided. Bring sturdy shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain, casual clothing, jacket/sweater, flashlight, insect repellent, water bottle, Bible and a journal. Please do not bring extra books—books can be a distraction on this type of retreat.
Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event. If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport. Click here for directions to Mo.