Monday, November 3, 2014

Online retreat: 9 days with Dorothy Day, Nov. 8-16

Once again, we are offering this online retreat
in the season of Dorothy's birthday, which is November 8.

Dorothy Day: A Novena Retreat

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.”

Click here for an informative essay on Dorothy Day.

Dorothy Day
What, when, where, how

* An online nine-day spiritual retreat, Nov. 8-16, 2014, with the help of the writings of Dorothy Day (Nov. 8, 1897 - Nov. 29, 1980).

* 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.

* $50 if you register and pay by Wednesday, November 5.

* $65 if you register between Thursday, November 6 and Saturday, November 8.

* If you are financially strained and would like to participate, please write me. Deep discounts are available.

* Spiritual refreshment, nurture, and challenge. 

* Not a course, but you'll learn a little history and theology in the process.

"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.

The novena retreat is ecumenical in spirit 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 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 unlike the blog at that link, 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 you instructions for the one-time sign-in mechanism for the retreat blog. After that, the retreat blog will always recognize you.

Registration and payment

To register:

* Write me, Jane Redmont, at if you plan to pay by check, and I will send you the mailing address.


* If you are paying by credit or debit card or PayPal, simply register and pay using the PayPal button below. (You can use this button and its secure connection to pay with a card even if you don't have a PayPal account.) The PayPal payment will serve as your registration. You will receive an acknowledgment from me within 24 hours.
As noted above, the retreat fee is $65 if you register from November 6 on, but only $50 if you register by Wednesday, November 5. Discounts or scholarships are available if you are unemployed or if you are a student, member of a volunteer corps, or retiree with limited resources. Write me about this.
Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration.

Retreat fee (choose one)

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.

About the retreat leader

Read about Jane Redmont here.
Questions? Concerns? Write me here

Dorothy and daughter Tamar Theresa

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