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Lazarus (Zoom) April 9, 2022

April 9, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

In the Eastern Church, the Saturday before Palm Sunday is Lazarus Saturday. Not included in the 40 days of Lent or Holy Week, it is a transitional or “hinge” day, a joyful prelude to the difficult week to follow. Using John 11 and the traditional Russian Icon of the Raising of Lazarus, we shall go to Bethany with Jesus, meet his friends Mary and Martha, hear Him call Lazarus from all that would bind him and begin His own journey to death and resurrection. To paraphrase Jesus’ invitation at the outset of John’s gospel: “Come and see.”

Retreat Director: Bonnie Thurston, Ph.D. 

After years as an academic, Bonnie Thurston resigned a Chair and Professorship in New Testament to live quietly in her home state of WV. She is author or editor of 24 theological books, has published six collections of poetry, contributes to scholarly and popular periodicals, and frequently offers retreats. Internationally known as a Merton Scholar, her doctoral dissertation was one of the first on Thomas Merton. Bonnie is an avid reader, gardener, cook and classical music lover.

Fee: $50.00

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  • Explore the life and gifts of Hildegard of Bingen, a Benedictine visionary, artist, composer, and physician who lived in the 1100s. This retreat will include reflection on many of her visions, using her remarkable paintings and writings. We will also ponder some of her suggestions for living a deeper spiritual life, as well as enjoy music she composed for liturgical prayer. There will be time for personal reflection and some group sharing.
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April 9, 2022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center
916 Convent Rd., NE
Cullman, AL 35055 United States
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