May 26-28, 2017
A weekend retreat for LGBTQI persons, their friends, and family. Rooted in the Catholic tradition. Open to all.
Retreat Schedule: Check-in will begin at 4 PM on May 26 followed by 6 PM dinner and the first session at 7 PM. The retreat will continue through the weekend with departure after noon lunch on May 28. Registration information Registration fee: For those lodging at Spirit Life Center:
$245.00 (private room)
$205.00 (double room)
Fee for people lodging includes retreat materials, overnight accommodations (all rooms are either two room suites with shared bath or separate rooms with hall baths) on Friday and Saturday; dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday; and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.
Lodging capacity is limited to 58 people, so a first-come, first served waiting list will be utilized if necessary.
Linens/towels provided. Bring your own toiletries. Fee for commuters includes retreat materials; dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday; and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Cancellation policy: Prior to May 1, 2017, all but $25.00 is refundable.
For more information, call 337.581.1266 or 225.505.3124.
Robin Toler is a board certified art therapist, licensed addictions counselor, and Advanced Integrative Therapy practitioner; Bachelor of Science from University of Louisiana and Master of Art Therapy from Wright State University in Ohio; Toler works with STAR, Iris, The Domestic Violence Center and the Unitarian Social Justice Committee.
Bradley Leger Brad Leger is an educator, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, liturgical musician, and international development consultant. He has experience with diversity and equity efforts in higher education and has worked with efforts in community, leadership, and economic development. He holds degrees in education and pastoral ministry and a certificate in social justice. Brad is a member of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative LGBT Initiative and a Board Assistant for Fortunate Families.
Fr. Emile “Buddy” Noel A priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Buddy worked at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, served as Director of Religious Education at parishes in the New Orleans area, Resident Chaplain at Loyola, and taught theological studies at Loyola and Holy Cross College prior to his ordination. He is Pastor of Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Westwego, Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue, and has worked with the Archdiocesan LGBT Ministry since its inception in 2013.
Kurt Bindewald is the current Director of University Ministry and Associate Director for the Office of Mission and Ministry at Loyola University New Orleans. During his 17 years at Loyola, Kurt has also served as a Resident Chaplain and Director of Christian Life Communities. Additionally, Kurt served on the Synod Leadership Team and chaired the LGBT Ministry advisory board for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
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Fr. James Martin, S.J.
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