Finding joy – Despite challenges

December 2022 Posted in Events & Holidays

“Enter the New Year with Joy” presented by Susan Black will be the first workshop of the new year at the Benedictine Sisters Queen of Angels Monastery.  On Jan. 7 the workshop will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Chapter Room. The $55 fee includes lunch and supplies and  scholarships are available.

Many challenges exist in individual and personal circumstances, and within families, communities, the state, country and world. The day will focus on how women and men of faith can enter 2023 with joy and thus know God’s presence.  

Participants will reflect on St. Paul’s urging to “rejoice always”. Is it right and correct to live joyfully, given the “signs of the times”?

Through discussion, reflection, art and writing experiences, prayer, music, other activities and quiet time, participants will learn how to increase their ability to live in God-given joy – and gain confidence in the power of individual personal joy to transform everything.  As St. Mother Teresa said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Presenter Susan Black is an oblate, an artist and a writer. To learn more go to the website

Participants should bring with them a small object of joy– for example, a memento, a photograph, a keepsake, a souvenir.  To register, call Benedictine Sisters, 503 845-2556 or send a check payable to Benedictine Sisters, Attention: Sister Dorothy Jean, 840 S. Main St., Mt. Angel, OR 97362, three days before the retreat.

Enter the New Year with Joy 

Presented by Susan Black

Jan. 7, 2023, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Benedictine Sisters Queen of Angels Monastery Chapter Room
840 S. Main St., Mt. Angel

$55, includes lunch and supplies. Scholarships available.  503-845-2556

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