Companions on both sides of the country were busy this weekend. Lake Mary and Orlando Companions gathered in Florida for a day of reflection and prayer with Fr. Vince Wirtner. Thanks to Lake Mary Companions Trish and John Frazer for hosting the gathering in their home.
Companions in California gathered for their Retreat led by Fr. Garry Richmeier at the Vallombrosa Retreat Center. Congratulations to Newark Companions Dave and Maria Elena Bryon, Alameda Companions Teri Bowe, Jun and Norma De La Cruz and Los Angeles Companions Evelyn Moreira and Jessica Reyes who renewed their covenants during the closing liturgy.
On Saturday, November 16, 2019, Companions gathered at St. Mary’s Church in Centerville for a Day of Reflection led by Fr. Timothy Armbruster. There was lively conversation about the joys and challenges of the New Creation Process and lots of great ideas for Companion involvement. The day began with prayer which included welcoming Connie Kinkade, Suzanne Birchmier and Chira McKee into the Formation Process. Covenants were also celebrated as Marge Pasut, Cindy Pasut, Janet Summers and Susan Ballanger renewed covenants. They are all Companions in the Centerville Companion group. The group enjoyed wonderful hospitality by Fr. Timothy and the Centerville Companions including homemade soups and delicious snacks!
Many of the people who attended the Companion Retreat at Saint Charles wanted to share the information that Fr. Tim McFarland presented with their Companion Groups. He has graciously given us a copy of his presentation. Click here to view.
Companions and members gathering at Saint Charles the weekend of October 26 / 27, 2019 for their retreat led this year by Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S. Fr. Tim led the group in a thought provoking and at times energetic conversation about how to discern their role in the New Creation. At Mass on Sunday four Companions made their first covenants with the community: Chris and Ruth Bodyke from the Marywood Companions, Josie Santos from the Columbus Companions and Greg Kulas from the Whiting Companions. In addition, 25 Companions renewed their covenants with the community. Thanks to the community of Saint Charles for their warm and welcoming hospitality.
Members and Companions gathered at Saint Francis Xavier Church in Saint Joseph to celebrate the feast of Saint Gaspar on Sunday, October 27. During a prayer service Jeanne Keck, Dee Baker, TR Lee and Ed Franz from the Liberty Companions made their first covenants with the Precious Blood community yesterday at our St. Gaspar feast day celebration. Congratulations also to St. Joseph Companion Cayetana Maristela who renewed her covenant. The Saint Joseph Companions as well as Fr. Joe, Fr. Bill and Fr. Lac offered wonderful hospitality for this special day.