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2-Night Retreat: Not by Bread Alone – A Young Adult Lenten Retreat (CANCELLED)
March 13 @ 6:00 pm - March 15 @ 12:00 pm$200
Directed by Sarah Otto, M.Div. and Andy Otto, MATM
Lent can tend to focus a great deal on the practice of physical sacrifice (giving up something like a food or sweet). While this can be a helpful practice, a reminder of God’s gifts, we must also be reminded of the many other ways we need the love of God. A few years ago Stephen Colbert half-joked about giving up Catholicism for Lent, something that would be difficult for him to give up. It would likely remind him how important his faith practice is important to his spiritual life. So instead of giving up chocolate (we do not live on chocolate alone), what other gifts from God are truly integral to your faith?
This is a silent retreat with an optional time for group sharing. Retreatants are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat, including at meals, unless otherwise noted.
Sarah Otto serves on the Pastoral Team at Ignatius House. She studied theology as both an undergrad and graduate student, receiving her Master of Divinity from Boston College. Her passion has focused on the intersection of faith and justice, which led her to study in El Salvador. Sarah spent a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, serving men and women experiencing homelessness in Portland, OR. Sarah has worked as a hospital and prison chaplain and most recently worked in college campus ministry for five years, both at Providence College and as director of a Newman Catholic Center in Chico, CA. As a young mom, Sarah is particularly passionate about ministering to women and families but continues to enjoy helping people discern how to live a faith that does justice, as well as discovering the unique and creative ways God works in everyone.
Andy Otto is a minister, spiritual director, and writer who believes God can be encountered intimately and personally at all places in life, and that God’s love is infinite. Andy spent nearly three years as a Jesuit after which he earned his Masters in Theology and Ministry from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He has worked as a hospital chaplain, has led Ignatian-style retreats, and taught high school. Currently he is the Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation at St. Thomas More Jesuit Church in Decatur and also assists on the Pastoral Team at Ignatius House. Andy is the author of the book “God Moments: Unexpected Encounters in the Ordinary.”