Love Bade Me Welcome - A Retreat for English-speaking visitors to our island

A week-long spiritual encounter, inspired by art, culture and Scripture
Friday May 4 th (9am) to Friday May 11 th (9am)

Led by Magdalen Lawler SND and Tom McGuinness SJ, this 5-day retreat will focus on the boundless love of God in the person of Jesus. Magdalen will use this painting by Sieger Köder and several other images by well-known and lesser-known artists to explore this theme. Tom will lead our liturgies and use his reflection songs to lead us into prayer.
Magdalen and Tom have worked together over many years to offer retreats, weaving together scripture, art, poetry and song. This retreat will be helpful for lay people and religious to deepen their understanding of God’s love and their connection with Christ. This will be a silent retreat held in an atmosphere of quiet with some input to help personal prayer. There will be time to share and opportunities to meet individually with the Retreat Leaders

The retreat will be held at Mount Saint Joseph, a Jesuit Spirituality Centre in Malta. Surrounded by
gardens and stretches of rolling countryside, the Centre offers a haven of peace and quiet. The property is spacious and full of light; all bedrooms have a great view and include ensuite toilets and showers.

Prior to the retreat, there will be an optional Pilgrimage around Malta. We will visit the oldest standing Neolithic temples, Saint John’s Cathedral that houses a Caravaggio masterpiece, the catacombs of Saint Paul and other places of spiritual significance.

Optional Pilgrimage
- Friday 4 th May 2018 at 9am– Saturday 5 th May 2018 at 3pm. Ideally participants arrive no later than Thursday 3 rd so that they may have time to
settle in.
- Cost - Eur 100 for participation, plus Eur60 per night for accommodation.
- Sat 5 th May 2018 at 6:30pm - Fri 11 th May 2018 after breakfast (6 nights).
- Cost - Eur360
Your visit can be extended before or after these dates by arrangement with Mount St Joseph.
Bookings and Enquiries: OR +356 2276 0000

The Directors

Magdalen Lawler SND is a Sister of Notre Dame, living in London. She has taught art and religious studies and worked in retreats. spiritual direction and student chaplaincy. She has a special interest in women’s spirituality and in spirituality and the visual arts. Her most recent publications are ‘Christ, Our Morning Star’, ‘Love Bade me Welcome’ and ‘Show us the Father’.

Tom McGuinness SJ is a former Director of St Beuno’s Spirituality Centre and of The Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow. He is currently a member of the team at Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality in Dublin. Tom has written poems and recorded many songs for prayer, some of which will be used in this retreat.

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