We are going virtual at Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center...at least for the time being.
We are pleased to offer our Ignatian Spiritual Exercises with Spiritual Direction in an on-line format. While unconventional, we whole-heartedly believe that a virtual retreat is better than no retreat at all. With that said, we want to make this process as simple as possible for you.
See dates and links to register below.
Please note: All times are Eastern Daylight Time.
Day 1 Evening
- 7:00 PM Introductory Talk
- 8:00 Meditation
Day 2 All Day
- 9:00 Morning Offering & Meditation
- 10:30 Conference
- 11:15 Mass
- 2:15 Stations of the Cross
- 3:30 Meditation
- 5:00 Meditation
- 6:00 Dinner
- 7:00 Conference
- 8:15 Meditation
Day 3 Morning
- Morning Offering on your own
- 9:00 Meditation
- 10:00 Mass
You will have the opportunity to schedule personal Spiritual Direction with an experienced director via Zoom. A great way to get some feedback about how your retreat is going and how to apply the lessons to your life.
Space will be limited for these appointments and dependent on number of Spiritual Directors available. If you already have a Spiritual Director we encourage you to reach out to that person.
Please Note: Siritual direction is not a counseling session. Its purpose is to discover God’s will in your concrete daily reality in order then to fulfill it. It is a dialogue based on faith, that takes place in the context of the Church (the Church’s teaching, sacramental theology, mission, etc.).
Minimum Contribution: $75
for Spiritual Exercises Weekend Retreats
The list price of this program is $100, but we request a minimum contribution of $75. Generous contributions have made it possible for us to offer virtual retreats during the Coronavirus shutdown, helping to cover additional technology costs, fixed on-going expenses and our ability to support our priests. However, if money is an issue and you need financial aid to attend, please contact us to discuss options. We are trusting in the generous support of many to enable us to provide retreat experiences for anyone regardless of financial ability/resources.
In addition to registering for this event, you can donate in three ways:
- Venmo to @OLBinDC
- Credit card on our donation page
- Check addressed and mailed to :
Our Lady of Bethesda
7007 Bradley Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817
Tips for finding silence.
- Create a spot in your home where you can be away from any other activity. Here are some ideas for Creating a Prayer Corner in your home.
- Discuss with other family members your desire to spend this quiet time in prayer. If appropriate, invite them to join you on this journey.
- Plan your mealtimes to allow you to continue your prayer time. Make something ahead of time, or make the task of preparing the meal a prayer itself.
- If you don't have ZOOM installed on your computer, download the app and try to familiarize yourself with the controls.
- Watch the Pre-Retreat Technical Orientation Video.
Virtual Retreat Etiquette and Suggestions for Success
Watching a retreat from home is a new experience for many of us. Here are some suggestions, requests and reminders to help us all stay focused:
- Troubleshoot your ZOOM connection early
Make sure you have the most recent ZOOM download. Even if you are a pro at video conferencing, it never hurts to double-check your settings and make sure your audio and camera are correctly configured.
If you are new to ZOOM, please familiarize yourself with the controls and options of your version. We have prepared a short “Tech Orientation Video” to help walk you through some common problems; please take the time to review this video. After all of this, if you still have questions or concerns, please contact the Tech Manager assigned to your retreat.
- Please keep your camera on during the retreat
Your camera will be turned on upon entering the ZOOM meeting room. It is helpful to our priests and other speakers for everyone’s video to remain on during each talk. Presenting a talk to an empty room can be difficult for anyone, even our priests! They have requested that your camera remain on because having the ability to see your responses and body language while they are preaching encourages them as they strive to be instruments of the Holy Spirit. Of course, if you prefer the privacy, you may turn your camera off.
- Eliminate distractions from your computer to help you focus on the retreat
Notifications from messaging applications, ringtones, and applications running on your desktop can be distracting to you, which can make your speaker feel disrespected and undervalued. Mitigating these distractions helps keep you focused on the content.
- Remember: we can see you
As mentioned above, we are asking everyone to leave their cameras on. To avoid becoming a distraction for the speaker and other participants, please try to attend the retreat from a quiet area that has minimal background noise and movement.
- Maintaining common courtesies
Though this may seem obvious, video conferencing is just like an in-person interaction, therefore it is important to use the same courtesy you would use if you were in the same room. This includes being on time, paying attention to the speaker, minimizing multitasking and background noises, and refraining from interrupting.
Upcoming Virtual Retreats
Spiritual Exercises for Women
With a focus on Sacred Scripture, experience the classic Ignatian Spiritual Exercises adapted to the three-day format.
When: June 5-7, 2020
Preacher: Fr. Robert Presutti, LC
Program Director at Divine Mercy University and Director of the Spiritual Direction Certificate Program, Divine Mercy University
Stay Tuned for More
We are in the process of asssembling more virtual retreats for the coming weeks. Check back for more information.
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