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Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford Begins New Retreat Season

Aerial view of the Holy Family campus at 303 Tunxis Rd., West Hartford, CT. Courtesy photo.
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The Holy Family Retreat season begins Sept. 22 with the theme: ‘Grace Enough.’

Submitted by Kathy Colello, Holy Family Retreat Center

Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford has announced that “Grace Enough” will be the theme of its 2017-2018 retreat season, which runs Sept. 22 through June 10. The theme, taken from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians quoting the Lord, “my grace is enough for you,” will explore how God’s grace can provide the strength and courage needed to meet the ever-present challenges in life.

Associate Retreat Director Dr. Brandon Nappi says the topic couldn’t be more timely. “I’m aware more and more just how complex daily life is for people, how the demands seem to multiply with each passing year. There is more communication but less communion. There are more ways to connect but less connection.”

Nappi says the weekend retreats will explore from a scriptural and theological perspective what the Christian tradition means by grace, a word often used but little understood.

“We’ll look at how living in God’s grace can guide us to make wise choices, leading to true happiness and peace.”

The new season will include fourteen men’s weekends, six women’s weekends, and one couples’ weekend, along with weekends for teens, college students and young adults. Retreatants enjoy dynamic teaching, delicious meals, uplifting music, and free time.

In addition to the weekend themed retreats, Holy Family offers day and evening programs, recovery retreats, and more.  A highlight of the new season will be a presentation November 10 by the noted Jesuit priest, author and journalist Fr. Tom Reese titled, “Pope Francis: The First Five Years.”

Holy Family weekend retreats are presented by the center’s dynamic team of spiritual teachers including Fr. David Cinquegrani, Dr. Brandon Nappi, Sr. Elaine Betoncourt, Liza Peters, and Bill Heiden.

The Holy Family campus is located at 303 Tunxis Road in West Hartford.  For more information and a schedule, call 860-760-9705 or visit www.holyfamilyretreat.org.

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