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Joyce Rupp to hold retreat in Cherokee

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The public is welcome to a retreat faeturing Joyce Rupp, a native of the Cherokee area, on Saturday, March 28 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The cost is $10 per person. Checks may be made out to Immaculate Conception Parish and sent to 723 W Cedar St., Cherokee, IA 51012. Register by calling: Norma Clark 225-2073, or Opal Rupp 225-3404, or Sister Janice Hoffman 225-4114. If you leave a phone message, please give your phone number.

The title of the retreat is "Growing in Faith Through Difficult Times." The content is described in these words, "Each of us experiences difficult times and situations."

Our disturbances and distresses offer us the opportunity of spiritual growth. Christianity refers to this experience as the paschal mystery, the journey of life-death-life. This process mirrors the journey of Jesus and is at the heart of our spiritual transformation.

How do we embrace the dying parts of this cycle that precede promised growth? How do we enter into the darkness, trust in the unfolding of newness, and keep hope in times of obstacles and discouragement? Who and what holds and supports us until we emerge from the chrysalis of darkness into the birth of fuller love and peace?

As Joyce Rupp facilitates this retreat she will reflect on these questions. Through creative prayer, conferences, quiet reflective times and group dialogue she will encourage participants to enter into the heart of the paschal mystery with confidence and a renewed sense of dedication to spiritual growth.

Joyce Rupp is well known for her work as a writer, spiritual "midwife," and retreat and conference speaker. A member of the Servite (Servants of Mary) community, she has led retreats throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Joyce is the author of many books, including Your Sorrow Is My Sorrow, Rest Your Dreams on a Little Twig, The Cup of Our Life, Praying Our Goodbyes, and The Open Door: a journey to the true self.

Visit her website at www.joycerupp.com. Her books will be available for purchase on the day of the retreat.

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