Monday, October 21, 2013

Dorothy Day: Online Novena Retreat October 31-November 8

No time for a retreat? Think again...

Interested in radical Christian commitment, justice, and mercy?

Dorothy Day
Dorothy Day: A Novena Retreat 

What, when, where

* An online nine-day spiritual retreat, October 31-November 8, 2013, with the help of the writings of Dorothy Day (Nov. 8, 1897 - Nov. 29, 1980).
Click here for an informative essay on Dorothy Day. See also at the bottom of this post for a brief biographical description.
* Simple and accessible:

one quote per day
one spiritual exercise per day
one prayer per day

* At home, in your daily life: read, meditate, and pray in a way that suits your schedule.

* You'll need 20 minutes a day of focused time and a computer or tablet with internet access.

* $45 if you register (and mail your check) by Wednesday, October 16 (or if you are financially strained; see below).

* $55 if you register between Thursday, October 17 and Thursday, October 31 .

* Spiritual refreshment, nurture, and challenge.

"Novena retreat" ?

A novena is a sequence of nine successive days of prayer–usually prayers of either petition or thanksgiving. It is generally a public and popular spiritual practice and is found most often in the Roman Catholic religious tradition.

I am using the word “novena,” meaning nine days, as part of the description of this retreat to indicate that it is nine days long and involves daily meditation and prayer.

Dorothy Day was a Roman Catholic, but the novena retreat is ecumenical and open to all. It is a new twist on the traditional novena.

An online retreat? How does that work?

* The retreat offers daily resources (the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers mentioned above, with some images as well to nourish you visually) online on a blog. More specifically, a closed blog.

* What's a closed blog? It's a blog like this, but it is not public: it is open only to those whom the blog owner-administrator (that's me) has signed in. In other words, it is not open to anybody wandering around the internet. It is not "searchable": random web surfers will not be able to view either the blog or our conversations in the comments.

* Once you register for the retreat, I will send instructions on the one-time sign-in mechanism. After that, the blog will always recognize you.

* A recent article about online retreats in which I am quoted.


To register, write me, Jane Redmont, at I will send you full registration instructions with payment address and online sign-up information. (Both of these are simple.)


* $45 if you register (and mail your check) by Wednesday, October 16.
You may also take advantage of this discount (even if you register after Oct. 16) if you are a recently furloughed government worker, if you are unemployed, or if you are a student or retiree on limited resources.
* $55 if you register between Thursday, October 17 and Thursday, October 31.

Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration.

I will send you the mailing address when you write me to register.

Privacy and community

During the retreat, you can remain private and just read the blog and use the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers on your own.


If you are more extroverted and communal or in need of companions on your retreat, you can  share your thoughts, experiences, and questions via the comments function on the blog and engage in conversation with other retreatants and with the retreat facilitator.

Dorothy and daughter Tamar Theresa
Dorothy Day (1897-1980) is best known as the co-founder of the Catholic Worker, an anarchist, pacifist, lay Catholic Christian movement, and of the newspaper by the same name. Journalist, activist, mother, speaker, she was also a person of prayer whose Roman Catholic religious observance cannot be separated from her work for social and economic justice and peace and from what Christian tradition calls “the works of mercy.”

Initially posted September 12. 
Edited and reposted October 21 to move the announcement to the top of the blog.

Note: I am also running a month-long online retreat beginning November 1, "Companions in Justice, Companions in Prayer; A Month of Memory." Interested? Have a look here. Also note that there is a "package deal" if you wish to take both retreats.

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