“Cosmos and Christos” Five-Day Retreat

contemplating universeSunday, Sept. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 21, Mary Ellen Sheehan, IHM, STD, will present “Cosmos and Christos” in the Maxis Community Room.

This retreat will explore themes related to the experience of God as relational and foundational to opening us up to our relationships in the universe and in our Earth community. Participants are encouraged to bring their artwork, poetry, personal psalms or prayers, and some favorite narratives of their ministries and family experiences as sources for reflecting on the mystery of our creating, healing, and transforming God. The rhythm of the retreat will be quiet and gentle with time to contemplate God’s beauty and munificence in creation, as well as our own beauty as God’s beloved ones.

The doors open Sunday at 6 p.m.; program runs 6:30 – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday, there will be an optional liturgy at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel. Presentations are at 10:30 a.m.; lectio divina at 3:45 p.m.; and a video at 6:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before each one begins.

Sister Sheehan earned a doctorate in theology from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and is a professor emerita at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. Currently, she offers lectures, workshops and retreats that draw on the contemplative character of theology to deepen our understanding and experience of God and to explore the meaning of committed Christian discipleship in our world.

The registration fee is $250, which includes lunch (please indicate dietary needs when registering); $50 is due at registration. The registration deadline is Sept. 4. Contact

River House – IHM Spirituality Center at riverhouse@ihmsisters.org or 734-240-5494.

Reasonably priced overnight accommodations are available at River House and other nearby locations. Ask for assistance when registering. Please note that River House is not handicapped-accessible.