Embracing the Challenge of Living as a Christian

March 21, 2013 - March 23, 2013
Offered by Sorrento Centre
Sorrento BC


Embracing the Challenge of Living as a Christian

with Dennis Drainville


Thursday, March 21 – Saturday, March 23, 2013


Dennis DrainvillePrepare for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter with a retreat that explores the themes of being a human person, a citizen, and a Christian in the world today.

Through scripture, poetry, prayer, and discussion, we will grapple with the rigors of making life and world changing decisions while being conscious always of living within a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.

Come expecting to be challenged, provoked, and surprised.

DENNIS DRAINVILLE is the Bishop of the Diocese of Quebec and is a teacher, preacher, politician and a fellow pilgrim on the journey.

Dennis Paul Drainville, the twelfth Anglican bishop of Quebec, began his episcopate on Pentecost Sunday 2009.

Born in Joliette, Quebec, Bishop Dennis attended Trinity College, Toronto, earning degrees in arts and divinity. Ordained to the diaconate in 1982 and to the priesthood a year later, he first served a rural parish in the Diocese of Ontario. He later served as executive director of STOP 103, a non-profit, multi-service agency responding to the needs of the poor and marginalized in Toronto’s downtown core. He has also served as an associate priest at Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Anglican chaplain at McGill University in Montreal, and as parish priest in the Diocese of Toronto.

In 1990 Bishop Dennis was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, where he served in various capacities, including as a deputy speaker. In 1993 he resigned from the government caucus to protest his party’s decision to introduce casino gambling to Ontario.

Bishop Dennis arrived in the Diocese of Quebec in 1994, as a teacher of English, drama, history, and humanities at the CÉGEP de la Gaspésie et des Îles in Gaspé. He also served as an honorary assistant in the Greater Parish of Gaspé, and later as Archdeacon of Gaspé.

In addition to his responsibilities as diocesan, Bishop Dennis also sits on the Anglican Church of Canada’s Council of General Synod, and is co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada. A lifelong social activist, Bishop Dennis is married to Cynthia Patterson, and they have a daughter, Aurora. (from Diocese of Quebec website)

  • Course Fee: $295 includes instruction, meals Thursday supper through Saturday lunch, accommodation based on double occupancy. [Update: Program Guide typo indicated Friday supper to Sunday lunch].
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