Jose Parappully, the Director of Sumedha Centre, facilitated an eight-day Spiritual Retreat for the Animators of Communities of the
Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. It was held at Villa Theresa Convent in Mumbai
from September 2 to 10. Twenty nine sisters participated. Bombay
The retreat was presented as a Desert Journey, using the metaphors of “Wilderness” and “
as presented by the spiritual guru Henry Nouwen. The theme for the day was
introduced each morning at Mass and elaborated during the talk in the morning.
Sisters were given scripture references and specific questions for prayer and
reflection during the rest of the day. They also had opportunity to meet with
the facilitator for personal sharing. The experiences of the day were brought
to the Lord in prayer together in the evening.
Comments made after the retreat indicate that for the sisters this was a “unique” retreat, the kind that “we never had before.” They found it “really helpful” and helped them to have a “deep experience of God’s love” as also to bring attitudinal and behaviour changes. “A really nice retreat” was a common comment.