Unity & Presence was the theme of the first annual retreat at Presentation Manor. It summarizes the Gospel readings from St. John that were heard every day at Mass that week.
Fr. John Reddy, CSB presided at all of the Masses which were held at the regular times. He kept in mind the theme of the retreat for his homilies.
Each day there was also a talk at 3:30 pm. On the first day Fr. John Reddy gave the talk. Each day thereafter, Sr. Eileen Power, CND gave the talks.
A separate area of the dining room was reserved for those wished to keep silence during the retreat.
The organizers were unsure of how many people to expect, and were pleased at how many did attend. The participants were from the religious communities and from the lay people who live at Presentation Manor. Many expressed gratitude for the opportunity to be on retreat without having to leave home.
Sr. Christine Gebel, OLM