The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur invite you to attend a daily silent retreat facilitated by Fr. Stan De Boe, OSST, from October 6-12, 2019. It will take place at the Sisters’ Province Center in Belmont, CA. There will be two conferences per day. Details appear below. We hope to see you!
Theme of the Retreat
“The good God gave me the grace of becoming your daughter in Jesus Christ”
-From Francoise’s last note to Mere Julie, December 29, 1815
In many of the letters written to her Sisters, St. Julie often expressed her desire that they become saints. She also mentioned specific attitudes and actions that a woman must exhibit or come to embrace in order to be a Sister of Notre Dame. These letters and desires have been passed on through generations of Sisters who have found their lives shaped and formed by the “spiritual DNA” of Julie, Francoise and the Congregation. Like the DNA we received from our biological family, our spiritual lives contain a DNA that determine and shape us. This retreat experience will be an opportunity to explore the spiritual DNA of our lives and identify how we have inherited a rich history that continues to be shared through the Congregation.
- On Sunday, October 6, dinner will be at 6:00pm. A short introductory talk by Fr. Stan will follow dinner at approximately 7:00pm in the living room.’
- Daily conferences with Fr. Stan will be at 10:00am and 2:30pm Monday through Friday in the living room.
- A 10:00am Saturday morning question/answer session is tentatively scheduled for those who might be interested in attending.
- You will be able to spend individual time with Fr. Stan during Retreat for spiritual direction, confession or just a chat! Sign-up sheets will be posted Tuesday, October 8th, if you are interested
in this opportunity.
- Mass will be celebrated Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:00pm.
- On Friday, we will have an Anointing Service at 5:00pm.
- Mass will also be celebrated on Saturday (following the Saturday
- We will close our Retreat with a special brunch beginning around Noon on October 12th!
Fr. Stan De Boe, OSST is the “Wednesday priest” at the Sisters’ Villa Julie Residence in Stevenson, MD, and the full-time Chaplain for St. Martin’s Home, a residence of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Stan has participated in the 2018 SNDdeN-sponsored pilgrimage “In the Footsteps of St. Julie Billiart” and joined the pilgrimage this year as Chaplain. He has given retreats and days of prayer for SNDdeN communities in the Baltimore area and Cincinnati. Stan spent many years in ministry focusing on human rights and religious liberty as an advisor for international relations and human rights for U.S. Representative Christopher Smith and Justice and Peace Director at the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. He has been pastor of a parish in southeast Texas. He also worked for Praesidium, Inc, one the leading independent organizations that focuses on creating safe environments for children and vulnerable people. In this capacity, Stan assisted men’s religious communities to develop codes of conduct, educational programs and accreditation following the clergy abuse crisis of 2002. Stan has served in leadership for the Trinitarians as well as vocation and formation director. In his free time he is an avid reader, loves to travel, and during football season (well, actually all year) he is devoted to the Baltimore Ravens.
Cost for daily attendance at the Province Center (No rooms are available for overnight use): $400
Click here to view and print the Registration Form: Registration Form – Province Center Retreat with Stan De Boe
Please register by Wednesday, September 25th and kindly include your payment. If the cost is an issue, contact Jean (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650.551.6403) about a payment plan. Please make checks payable to the “Sisters of Notre Dame.”