Sacred in the City

September 24, 2019 - September 26, 2019

Tuesday-Thursday, September 24–26, 2019

It’s easy to think of our spiritual lives as belonging to special places and special times.

For many people it comes as a surprise to find that the “holy” is all around us. Jesus lived out a great deal of his ministry among ordinary situations and with ordinary people, and taught them – and us – that that is where the Kingdom of God is to be found.

Where do we discover this treasure in our busy 21st century lives?

This retreat offers the opportunity to look with fresh eyes at our everyday, urban and suburban life, and to find God’s transforming presence precisely there: in our homes, at our places of work, on the move, in the market-place, and in all the places where we gather.

Led by Margaret Silf, BA, MA, who was born and brought up in Sheffield, England and now lives in Staffordshire. After working as a translator in Germany, she was employed as a technical author in the IT industry until 2000, when she left regular employment, to devote herself to creative writing, and accompanying others on their spiritual journey through retreats, workshops and days of reflection.

She is the author of several books for contemporary pilgrims searching for a spiritual way in a confusing and turbulent world. Margaret travels extensively, and describes herself as a ‘boundary dweller’, discovering deep spirituality in those both within and beyond the traditional “church”.

She is passionate about making Christian spirituality accessible and attractive to modern pilgrims and relevant to everyday life in the 21st century.

    • Arrivals and registration 2-4 pm Tuesday; ends 4:00 pm Thursday
    • Fee $240; deposit $50
    • Registration deadline: September 17, 2019
    • Registration here »

  • See also: Born to Fly, led by Margaret Silf, Friday – Sunday, September 20 – 22, 2019 – here »

  • All retreats and quiet days at St. John’s Convent take place in the milieu of a contemporary monastic community which has a daily rhythm of prayer. All guests are invited to take part in the daily Eucharist, and those staying overnight may like to join us in the Divine Office (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline).
  • See the regular chapel and meal schedule here »
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