The last two steps in the AA 12 Step Program offer both a gift and a mission. The gift is an invitation to prayer to solidify our relationship with God as we understand him. The mission is to show by the way we live the hope and the promise of the Twelve Steps program, and the fellowship that comes with it. Prayer gives us a “glimpse of God’s will.” And the message we carry is that God, who is our Higher Power, can do with and for us what we cannot do for ourselves. That hope and promise we can share with others who themselves are addicted.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: This retreat is not suitable for anyone in acute withdrawal or initial stages of recovery. Please consult a behavioral health hospital. This retreat serves those seeking ongoing motivation for sobriety maintenance.
This is a silent retreat. Guests are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat, including at meals, unless otherwise noted.
The retreat will occur simultaneously with a retreat for family and friends of those affected by addiction. Activities will be separate; meals will be shared. To invite family or friends to attend the other track, share this link.
Rev. Peter E. Fink, SJ is a retreat director and spiritual advisor at Ignatius House, having arrived in August 2016. A Jesuit from the New York Province, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1969 and has presided in both the Latin and Maronite churches. Peter came from St. Francis Xavier Church in New York, where he served as associate pastor for 10 years. Prior to that, he taught sacramental and liturgical theology for 31 years at Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now Boston College). He holds an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an S.T.M. from Woodstock College, and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Emory University. Peter has published and edited many publications on worship and sacramental theology. At Ignatius House he guides weekend retreats on aspects of the Spiritual Exercises, recovery retreats on the 12 Steps, and retreats on Mary, Healing and Reconciliation, and various aspects of the ministry for Priests, Deacons and Lay Ministers. He also directs longer retreats.
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