Recovery Retreat for those in 12-Step Programs
December 16 @ 6:00 pm - December 18 @ 12:00 pm$350
Directed by Fr. Tom O’Neill, SJ
Participating in a 12-Step Program offers 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, please go back to the calendar to “Recovery Retreat: For those affected by the addictions of others“.
Fr. Tom O’Neill, SJ, is an associate pastor at St. Ignatius Parish in Sacramento and Superior of the Sacramento Jesuit Community. He entered the Society of Jesus in September of 1976 and was ordained in June of 1990. Fr. Tom taught for many years at Loyola High School in Los Angeles and after receiving an M.F.A. in painting from the Pratt Institute in New York, worked in the Fine Arts department at the University of San Francisco. Prior to moving to Sacramento, Fr. Tom served as the Superior of the Jesuit Community at St. Ignatius Prep in San Francisco. Beginning in 2006, Fr. Tom developed a deep love for the ministry of the Jesuits among the Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation. He worked at Our Lady of the Sioux church in Oglala, South Dakota and served on the Board of Directors of Red Cloud Indian School – the Jesuit mission on the Reservation. For the past eight years, Fr. Tom has become involved in Recovery work, finding a deep freedom and grace in 12-Step work. His Sobriety date is March 22, 2014. In recent months, he has also started working the Steps in Al-Anon as well.
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