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The Heart's Calling: Personal Vocation and Social Conscience

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.”

- Frederick Buechner

Callings always begin with a stirring of the heart.  We hear them by listening to our hearts and with our hearts.  In our personal discernment, and in our efforts to help others discern the call of the Spirit in their lives, we must seek a balance between contemplative inward listening and socially engaged listening, between listening to our hearts and listening with our hearts for the ways that the needs and sufferings of the world are crying out for intelligent, compassionate attention from us. 

This retreat will offer an opportunity to consider callings in various areas of our lives.  We will particularly explore the relationship between personal vocation and social conscience, being mindful that callings are not only about our own personal happiness and fulfillment, but about “us” and the common good.   There will be opportunities for quiet prayer and reflection and also for sharing of stories and experiences of personal calling.

Friday, October 8, to Saturday, October 9, 2021
The retreat starts at 7:00pm on Friday and concludes at 4:00pm on Saturday.
Cost of $195 includes $55 non-refundable deposit, overnight accommodations, and meals

Facilitator John Neafsey is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Chicago. He served for ten years with the staff of the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center, a treatment program in Chicago for immigrant survivors of torture. John is the author of three books, including A Sacred Voice is Calling: Personal Vocation and Social Conscience, Crucified People, and Act Justly, Love Tenderly. John and his family are active members of St. Gertrude's parish in Chicago.


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The Heart’s Calling - October 8-9, 2021

$60.00 deposit required
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