Associates host Spiritual Renaissance at Nazareth

Posted by Kacie Emmerson

October 4, 2022

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Associates hosted a Spiritual Renaissance on Sept. 23-25, 2022, at Crimmins Hall on Nazareth Motherhouse Campus. The keynote speaker for the weekend was Judy Ribar, who comes from a Catholic education background as a teacher, administrator, service program coordinator, and retreat director. Ribar is also an Associate with the Sisters of Mercy.

Throughout the weekend, Ribar led the group in presentations, prayer, and meditation. Much of the gathering focused on silent reflection and exploring new forms of prayer. The weekend also incorporated many creative elements, such as a labyrinth set up inside St. Vincent de Paul Church, song, and artistic expression.

A labyrinth was placed inside the entrance of St. Vincent de Paul Church. Click here for more photos.

On the evening of Sept. 24, a commitment ceremony was held inside the church, during which Agnes Donohue of Lexington, Ky., made her first commitment as an Associate. In addition, Peggy Downs of Lebanon, Ky., Betty Jean Lewis of Nazareth, Ky., and Steve Schmitt of Covington, Va., made lifetime commitments, and several other Associates renewed their commitments for three years. A reception and prayer in the Motherhouse dining hall followed the ceremony.

Agnes Donohue made her first commitment as an Associate.

On Sunday, following morning prayer and an open forum to discuss what they had learned, the Associate weekend concluded with Mass in the church, followed by lunch. The gathering was a hybrid event, welcoming the participation of Associates and Sisters both in person and by Zoom conference.

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