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How can we sleep soundly like a baby when we toss and turn with adult worries and what was unresolved from the day?  This session will explore what prevents sleep, helps us sleep and what we can do to heal the underlying anxiety that often surfaces at night because it is ready to be healed.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

1-3 pm

Presented by Fr. Matt Linn, SJ

Visit: www.linnministries.org

Minimum Offering: $20

Register online or call 281-497-3131 Ext. 112

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Dr. Tim VanDuivendyk, DMin, LPC, LMFT will present a one-night retreat that invites you to discover and embrace the gift of grief and use it for transformation and healing as you journey through the wilderness to a promised life.

Friday, Sept 23, 2016 - 7pm - Saturday, Sept 24, 2016 4pm

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Join Fr. Matt Linn, SJ  presents a new retreat on Near Death Experiences (NDE)  and how they can reveal a divine template for the spiritual journey into unconditional love. In this retreat, we will explore how the stages of an NDE facilitate a transformation marked by peace, forgiveness, increased self-esteem, loss of the fear of death, finding our unique purpose and the conviction that all that really matters in life is to love deeply as the eternal Light of God loves.  Based on the Linns' latest book The Gifts of Near -Death Experiences.

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This series hosted by Sr. Lois Dideon, rc returns for its second year beginning on Tuesday, September 13 at 9:30 am.  Each month the series will present a different movie and be followed with discussion on how we find God's spirituality in films. 

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August 31, 2016

Reflection – Sr. Mary Guido, rc

 

 

            Last Wednesday night, in ICU at MD Anderson, the Critical Care doctor updated Sr. Ann and me about Sr. Pat’s condition. After describing the gravity of her situation, he said to us, “But her heart is strong.”

         

          During the next few hours by her bedside, I thought, “Oh, doctor, you are so right in more ways than you know.”

 

          For Sr. Pat, the heart meant first and foremost the Heart of Christ, the Heart of her beloved Jesus through whom she longed to do all things and with whom she longed to be united for all eternity.

 

          Dennis, the day after your cousin died, you told me that she could’ve done anything she wanted with her life – CEO, head of a business – but instead she chose a life of service.

 

          You’re right – and I’ll take it a step deeper. She chose to accept Jesus’ desire that she consecrate herself to him through religious life – to unite herself totally and forever to his Heart through the vows that express intimacy, generous self-gift and unbounded love. There would be no half-measures or turning back for her.

 

          I’m sure that is one reason why Eucharist meant so much to her. In receiving Communion, Sr. Pat received Jesus’ body and blood, soul and divinity into her body and blood, soul and humanity. In the eight years I’ve lived with her in Houston, Mass was her priority each day. She planned everything else around it. She would drive herself to early Mass before chemo treatments and CT scans at MDA. She would attend midday Mass when there were early morning Finance meetings at the Cenacle. Uniting herself with Christ in Eucharist was the most significant way she could unite her heart with his.

 

          At the Cenacle Sisters’ General Chapter in Rome this past May – our most important meeting that sets the course of our life and mission for the next six years – the Heart of Christ was the strongest experience shared by the Sisters who attended. We were reminded of a quote from Archbishop Montini of Milan, who later became Pope Paul VI. During the Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of the Cenacle in 1956, he preached:

 

To enter the Cenacle is to enter into [Christ’s] heart, to dare to experience something of God, to allow something of God to enter into us.

 

          When I returned home from the Chapter and shared a little about this with her, she was very happy that the Heart of Christ was the reality through which the entire congregation would set its course over these next six years. She looked forward to see how Houston and the Province of North America would live this in our prayer, community and ministry.

 

          A second experience of heart I want to mention comes from our foundress, St. Thérèse Couderc, whose life in France spanned nearly the entire 19th century. She once told a young priest, “My heart is as big as the world.”

 

          As a daughter of Mother Thérèse and who I liked to call my Irish Rover, Sr. Pat lived this literally. The US was too small to hold her. She traveled to all six continents for either the Cenacle congregation or her dear Theresians: Brazil, Thailand, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Philippines. She lived a year of Cenacle community and ministry in her beloved Ireland. She carefully planned out chemo treatments so she could attend the Theresian meeting in Ghana. She piggy-backed a visit to her niece Megan in Japan while on her way to a meeting in another country.

 

          Along with the literal “big world”, Sr. Pat’s scope/horizon was vast: women as disciples on the global level; the church beyond our archdiocese; the international realities of Cenacle: which includes the Sisters, Auxiliaries and Associates; the International aspect of Theresians International.

 

          The final experience of heart also comes from our Mother Thérèse and I think we all witnessed Sr. Pat living this especially during her six-year journey with cancer.

 

          In her prayer, “Act of Oblation”, Mother Thérèse writes: “Lord Jesus…let me live for love of you, let me die for love of you, let my last heartbeat be an act of perfect love.”

 

          Sr. Pat’s desire was to live fully until she died. To live meant she would keep giving herself to and for others so that they – we - could experience (as Pope Paul had said) - something of God, that we could allow something of God to enter into us.

 

          She gave herself to Cenacle employees and to her family; to vendors caring for our buildings and property and to retreatants; to chairing our Finance and Investment Committees and to chairing the seminar on the Ignatian 19th Annotation Retreat; to the headaches of the annual budgeting process and to supervising spiritual directors, both interns and those more experienced; to Cenacle Sisters, Auxiliaries and Associates in Houston and beyond.

 

          There were days when this was easier than others, but she always had the desire to live so that others could experience God. To live as Jesus lives, to love as Jesus loves.

 

          As I look back now on her final half-hour last Thursday night, while I rubbed her feet as I watched with others as her heart gradually slowed down, I know she lived the words, “Let my last heartbeat be an act of perfect love.” Her last heartbeat gently came to rest in her beloved Jesus in the presence of we who were physically with her and those who were keeping a prayer vigil elsewhere.

 

          Yes, doctor, our Pat’s heart was strong in this life. And now her heart beats in the Heart of Christ for all eternity.

 

 

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Sr. Patricia Ann Burke, rc
1946-2016


Sr. Patricia Ann Burke, rc, 69, a Religious of the Cenacle, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 surrounded by her beloved Cenacle Sisters, family members and friends. She had finished a six-year journey with cancer by slipping gently into the loving arms of her Jesus.

She was born September 17, 1946 in Brooklyn, NY to William and Mary Burke. She is survived by her sisters Eileen M. Burke and Kathleen F. Burke, niece Megan and nephew Liam, along with beloved cousins and extended family. At the time of her death, she was the Local Leader of the Cenacle Sisters in Houston and President of its Board of Directors.

She is a past member of the leadership team of the North American Province of the Cenacle Sisters, where she served as a provincial councilor. She also served as local treasurer in many Cenacle retreat centers. She often joked, “I’ve never taken a bookkeeping course in my life and I’m always put in the Finance Office!”

Sr. Pat entered religious life in 1969, professing temporary vows in 1972 and perpetual vows in 1978. She served in Cenacle ministries in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Illinois, Colorado, Minnesota and Ireland. She ministered on parish staffs in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston at St. John Vianney, Christ the King and St. Bartholomew. While caring for her aged father in Arizona, she served in a local parish.

As a Cenacle Sister, she also served in leadership with the Cenacle Auxiliaries (vowed laywomen who live their vocation in the world) and was involved in the spiritual formation of Cenacle Associates (women and men of any walk of life who live Cenacle heritage and spirituality in their own circumstances) around the country.

A cousin described her as “a compassionate woman, someone who could have done anything with her life, e.g. been a CEO of a major corporation, but instead she chose a life of service for others.” She gave 100% of herself right up to the time of her death.

Sr. Pat was also a member of Theresians International. She often moved around the country in her ministry with the Cenacle Sisters, and would always be able to find a Theresian community.  She was a member of Theresians du Matin in Mundelein and most recently Theresian VII in Houston.  She worked closely with Theresians in leadership for over ten years, serving as Facilitator of TI Board meetings, the USA National Leadership Team and serving on the Theresian Foundation Board of Directors.  After serving a full nine years on the Foundation Board, her presence was deemed so valuable she was invited to stay on as an Emeritus member. In 2013, Sr. Pat received the Woman of Vision recognition.   

Firmly proud of her Irish heritage, Sr. Pat enjoyed events at the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas. She held dual citizenship. Her love of travel and her EU passport came in handy on the many international trips she took for the Cenacle or for the Theresians: Brazil, France, Ghana, Ireland, Indonesia, India, Japan and New Zealand were just a few of the countries to which she traveled. Many of these she visited after she was diagnosed with cancer.

One of her joys was to participate in a pilgrimage to France in 2014 to pray at the origins of the Cenacle Sisters. The life and writings of St. Thérèse Couderc, Cenacle Foundress, gave her comfort as her cancer began to progress beyond treatments. On that pilgrimage, she also bathed in the grotto at Lourdes. Although she asked the Lord to heal her, she had surrendered herself to his gracious will, confident in his faithful love for her, whatever the outcome in the months ahead.

Health challenges from childhood and cancer did not stop her from anything she put her mind to. She received an undergraduate degree (Psychology) from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Religious Education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, a Master of Arts degree (Christian Spirituality) from Creighton University in Omaha. At the time of her death she was a Doctor of Ministry Candidate (Spirituality) at Barry University in Miami.

To love God and serve his people with all of her heart, mind and strength gave Sr. Pat the greatest joy. Relationships with a wide variety of people were a priority for her. She enjoyed good conversation, good music (especially if it was Irish) and a good meal with those whom she loved. We all will miss her, but she said that she wanted her death to be a celebration of God’s goodness and generosity to her both in this life and in eternal life.

The Cenacle Sisters and Sr. Pat’s family will be present to receive friends Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM with a Vigil beginning at 7:00 PM at Dettling Funeral Home, 14094 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77079.  The Funeral Mass will commence Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail, Houston, TX 77079.  A reception will follow Holy Mass on the church campus.  Interment at a later date in the Cenacle Sisters’ area at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Chicago. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in Sr. Pat’s memory to The Cenacle Retreat House, 420 N. Kirkwood Rd., Houston, TX 77079. Donate in Memory of Sr. Pat Burke, rc Visit www.DettlingFuneral.com to read more and leave online tributes.

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Sr. Patricia Ann Burke, rc, 69, a Religious of the Cenacle, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 surrounded by her beloved Cenacle Sisters, family members and friends. She had finished a six-year journey with cancer by slipping gently into the loving arms of her Jesus.
 

She was born September 17, 1946 in Brooklyn, NY to William and Mary Burke. She is survived by her sisters Eileen M. Burke and Kathleen F. Burke, niece Megan and nephew Liam, along with beloved cousins and extended family. At the time of her death, she was the Local Leader of the Cenacle Sisters in Houston and President of its Board of Directors.

 

She is a past member of the leadership team of the North American Province of the Cenacle Sisters, where she served as a provincial councilor. She also served as local treasurer in many Cenacle retreat centers. She often joked, “I’ve never taken a bookkeeping course in my life and I’m always put in the Finance Office!”

 

Sr. Pat entered religious life in 1969, professing temporary vows in 1972 and perpetual vows in 1978. She served in Cenacle ministries in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Illinois, Colorado, Minnesota and Ireland. She ministered on parish staffs in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston at St. John Vianney, Christ the King and St. Bartholomew. While caring for her aged father in Arizona, she served in a local parish.

 

As a Cenacle Sister, she also served in leadership with the Cenacle Auxiliaries (vowed laywomen who live their vocation in the world) and was involved in the spiritual formation of Cenacle Associates (women and men of any walk of life who live Cenacle heritage and spirituality in their own circumstances) around the country.

 

A cousin described her as “a compassionate woman, someone who could have done anything with her life, e.g. been a CEO of a major corporation, but instead she chose a life of service for others.” She gave 100% of herself right up to the time of her death.

 

Sr. Pat was also a member of Theresians International. She often moved around the country in her ministry with the Cenacle Sisters, and would always be able to find a Theresian community.  She was a member of Theresians du Matin in Mundelein and most recently Theresian VII in Houston.  She worked closely with Theresians in leadership for over ten years, serving as Facilitator of TI Board meetings, the USA National Leadership Team and serving on the Theresian Foundation Board of Directors.  After serving a full nine years on the Foundation Board, her presence was deemed so valuable she was invited to stay on as an Emeritus member. In 2013, Sr. Pat received the Woman of Vision recognition.   

 

Firmly proud of her Irish heritage, Sr. Pat enjoyed events at the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas. She held dual citizenship. Her love of travel and her EU passport came in handy on the many international trips she took for the Cenacle or for the Theresians: Brazil, France, Ghana, Ireland, Indonesia, India, Japan and New Zealand were just a few of the countries to which she traveled. Many of these she visited after she was diagnosed with cancer.

 

One of her joys was to participate in a pilgrimage to France in 2014 to pray at the origins of the Cenacle Sisters. The life and writings of St. Thérèse Couderc, Cenacle Foundress, gave her comfort as her cancer began to progress beyond treatments. On that pilgrimage, she also bathed in the grotto at Lourdes. Although she asked the Lord to heal her, she had surrendered herself to his gracious will, confident in his faithful love for her, whatever the outcome in the months ahead.

 

Health challenges from childhood and cancer did not stop her from anything she put her mind to. She received an undergraduate degree (Psychology) from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Religious Education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, a Master of Arts degree (Christian Spirituality) from Creighton University in Omaha. At the time of her death she was a Doctor of Ministry Candidate (Spirituality) at Barry University in Miami.

 

To love God and serve his people with all of her heart, mind and strength gave Sr. Pat the greatest joy. Relationships with a wide variety of people were a priority for her. She enjoyed good conversation, good music (especially if it was Irish) and a good meal with those whom she loved. We all will miss her, but she said that she wanted her death to be a celebration of God’s goodness and generosity to her both in this life and in eternal life.

 

The Cenacle Sisters and Sr. Pat’s family will be present to receive friends Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM with a Vigil beginning at 7:00 PM at Dettling Funeral Home, 14094 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77079.  The Funeral Mass will commence Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail, Houston, TX 77079.  A reception will follow Holy Mass on the church campus.  Interment at a later date in the Cenacle Sisters’ area at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Chicago. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in Sr. Pat’s memory to The Cenacle Retreat House, 420 N. Kirkwood Rd., Houston, TX 77079.  Visit www.DettlingFuneral.com to read more and leave online tributes.

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Sr. Patricia A. Burke, rc

September 17, 1946 – August 25, 2016

Sr. Pat died peacefully at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

The Cenacle Sisters give thanks to God for her life, witness

and service to so many people.

 

We thank all of you for your love and prayers for her

in her journey with cancer these past six years.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to her sister:

Eileen Burke
646 West Moorewood St.

Green Valley, AZ 85614

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Thank you all for a wonderful turnout for Sr. Mary Guido, rc! Here are some pictures, feel free to share if you have pictures of your own! Please email as an attachment to development@CenacleRetreatHouse.org

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Calling all Men!

The Men’s Rites of Passage (MROP) program is a four-night/five-day deeply prayerful and soulful experience that builds on the classic patterns of male initiation through moving rituals and teachings. Each day includes group prayer, major teachings on central themes in masculine spirituality, quiet time for reflection, and sharing in the context of a small group.

The Texas event takes place September 28 - October 2, 2016 at Ebert Ranch in the hill country near Harper Texas.

You can see on the flyer,
Illuman_MROP, contact person is:
William Bedell

and website is:
www.texasmalespirituality.org

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