Day of Reflection and Dialogue on Creating a Culture of Encounter

Date(s) - 02/24/2018
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Mount St. Joseph - Library


Day of Reflection and Dialogue on Creating a Culture of Encounter

“An invitation to work for ‘the culture of encoun-ter’ in a simple way ‘as Jesus did’: not only see-ing but looking, not only hearing but listening, not only passing by people but stopping with them…” Pope Francis, Mass at Santa Marta, September 13, 2016

To approach the world in trust that God is active in the communities, hearts, and lives of our neighbors, both near and far. To remain open to the possibility that knowing one another – even and especially those who first seem most unlike ourselves – may change us deeply. These are the seeds that Pope Frances urges us to when he seeks a culture of encounter. Inspired by the story of a relationship built between the after school program at ABLE Families in Mingo County and members of the Islamic Center of South Charleston (West Virginia), this day of reflection explores stories of faith and friendship across differences.

Facilitators: Marlene Spaulding, Ibtesam “Sue” Barazi, and Molly Linehan

Date: Saturday, February 24

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Mount St. Joseph Library

Cost: $25.00 includes lunch


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St. Joseph Retreat Center
137 Mount St. Joseph Road
Wheeling, WV 26003

St. Joseph Retreat Center reserves the right to cancel a program if necessary. Programs may be cancelled if fewer then the required number of participants are enrolled, or in case of unavailability of the presenter. Refunds will be made if the program is cancelled, or payment may be applied toward another program