Friday, March 13, 2009

Trip to Wild and Wonderful West Virginia

I recently spent a week at our retreat center (Priest Field) in wild and wonderful West Virginia for the purposes of giving a talk on care for creation to students from the Shepherd University Campus Ministry, hosting a meeting on our proposal to develop a CCC (Care for Creation Center) and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), and co-hosting a discernment day of reflection with the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and the Benedictines of St. Vincent in Latrobe. The talk with the Shepherd University students seems to have gone well and I hope to spend time with them in the future. The meeting on the CCC/CSA proposal also went well and we were able to develop a contact list of persons in the area around our St. Bernardine's Monastery in Newry, PA, who might be interested in participating in a community garden this summer. Finally, the discernment day of reflection, though only attended by three persons, was time well spent and will hopefully lay the groundwork for future discernment days of reflection and retreats at Priest Field. Many thanks to the gracious staff of Priest Field and Fr. Bill for the great hospitality. Pat, TOR