Rosaryville Spirit Life Center Ponchatoula, LA

Women's Ignatian Silent Retreat

Women's Ignatian Silent Retreat - Upcoming Events

Join us for a Women's Ignatian Retreat from August 6-9, 2015 focused on the Ignatian Exercises. Join us and other like women for a weekend of reflection, rediscovery, and refreshment. The Spiritual Exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God. The cost is $280 for a single room and $250 for a double room.

Facilitator: Steven Pitts, SJ

Stephen Pitts, SJ is a Jesuit scholastic of the US Central and Southern Province. He was born in New Orleans, LA and grew up in Memphis, TN. Before entering the Jesuits, he studied math and computer science at the University of Oklahoma, where he worked as part of the campus ministry staff of St. Thomas More parish in Norman, OK. His Jesuit formation began with two years in Grand Coteau, LA, followed by three years of study at Loyola University Chicago. Next he taught math for three years at Jesuit College Prep in Dallas, TX, where he helped with a variety of retreats for students, faculty, and parents both at JCP and at nearby Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House. He just completed his first year at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA, and this summer he is working at Loyola University New Orleans and finally getting in touch with his roots.

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Sister Rose Bowen, O.P.

 Sister Rose Bowen, O.P. - Upcoming Events

Day of Prayer

Rooted in God's Love

September 15, 2015

Looking for a Day of Prayer? Join us at Rosaryville on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 for a day of prayer and reflection on being rooted in God's love. Ephesians 3:17 says that God "may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." Join Sr. Rose to break open this scripture so that it may enrich your lives.

We will start at 9:00 AM with coffee and fellowship. The talk begins at 9:30 with discussion and quiet time for reflection. Lunch will be served at noon. The cost of the day is $35.00. The day will include the celebration of the Eucharist and will conclude at around 2:30 PM.

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Healing Our World from the Inside Out: Paula D'Arcy

Healing Our World from the Inside Out: Paula D'Arcy - Upcoming Events

Healing Our World From the Inside Out

September 17 - 20, 2015


Join us September 17-20, 2015 for a silent retreat with Paul D'Arcy: a deeper look at the way we are all living our lives. Join us in looking at what happens when we stop believing that change will only happen “out there,” and begin to realize that we are the world, and healing begins from the inside out. This retreat is open to both men and women.

Paula D’Arcy is a writer, playwright, retreat leader and conference and seminar speaker. In 2001 she established Red Bird Foundation, which supports the growth and spiritual development of those in need throughout the world, including men and women in prison. The foundation has sponsored two international gatherings of women known as WOMENSPEAK, conferences which honor the woman’s voice as a force of peace and healing for the world. A former psychotherapist, Paula survived the loss of her husband and young daughter in an accident in 1975. She was three months pregnant at the time. Among her best-selling books are Gift of the Red Bird, Waking Up to This Day, and When People Grieve.

Paula D'Arcy Retreat

Spiritual Book Sharing

Spiritual Book Sharing  - Upcoming Events

In Praying the Truth, William A. Barry, SJ, helps us deepen our friendship with God by examining how to approach God, at any time and with any problem, in complete honesty. Fr. Barry reflects on how secrecy can hurt families, the Church, and ourselves, and how what we are keeping secret can get in the way of our connection with God. He acknowledges that we may fear God's reaction when revealing our most intimate truth; but just like with friendships, we risk not developing our relationship with God if we are dishonest about who we are and how we feel.

Praying the Truth helps us realize that if we do not approach God in complete honesty, we may be holding back a part of ourselves that needs to be healed. By learning how to communicate honestly with God, our friendship with God and our faith in God's promise to love us unconditionally will be strengthened.

Meeting Dates: Alternate Tuesday mornings at 10am

September 22

October 6, 20

November 3, 17

December 1

Fee: $50.00 (includes book and material)

Spiritual Book Sharing Fall 2015


Taize - Upcoming Events

Rosaryville invites you to join us in an evening of Contemplative Prayer in the style of Taize'. The services start at 7:00P.M. This is a simple and meditative Taize' worship which promotes serenity in all who take part in it. The prayer consists of music, scripture readings, and reflection . The candlelight service, beginning and ending in silence, fosters the participation of all present by focusing and deepening faith through the power of prayer. All are Welcome.

October 5, 2015

November 2, 2015

December 7, 2015

January 4, 2016

February 1, 2016

March 7, 2016

Write from the Source

Write from the Source - Upcoming Events

Write from the Source…A weekend of creative play in the calligraphic arts facilitated by LaVerne Parfait.

When we think of art, we typically think of drawing, painting or sculpting. Yet we are each a creative artist with gifts uniquely our own. This artistry may be expressed in new recipes or a beautiful, well-tended garden. Some use creative energies to organize a closet or even balance a budget.

Join us October 9-11, 2015. This weekend is focused on calligraphy, an ancient art using writing and letterforms as artistic expression. Come join members of the New Orleans Lettering Arts Association for a weekend of creative play. An open format will allow experienced letter lovers the opportunity to work and study while newcomers can be introduced to tools, techniques and materials and be mentored into their calligraphic journey. If you’ve ever been curious about trying your hand at calligraphy or if you simply want to sharpen your skills and spend uninterrupted time doing the craft you love, this is your opportunity. Projects will be available for all levels. Check in will begin at 4:30, dinner is at 6:00 and the first session will begin at 7:00pm.

LaVerne Parfait, a staff member of Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, has over 30 years’ experience as a calligrapher and lover of the written word. Countless workshops, studying, learning and teaching, keep the passion for hand lettering burning. LaVerne is a member of the Association for the Calligraphic Arts, IAMPETH (International Association for Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting) and the New Orleans Lettering Arts Association.

Calligraphy Retreat 2015

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Healing the Greatest Hurt

 Healing the Greatest Hurt - Upcoming Events

Father Matt Linn

October 30- November 1, 2015

Open to both men and women.

Surveys have found that the loss of a loved one through death is the greatest hurt. If we love, we continue to grieve whether a loved one was miscarried with the briefest of lives or lived to be 90. Yet when healed, it can be among the greatest gifts as we find an even deeper love that continues forever in the communion of the saints. This All Saints weekend will focus on how to minister to ourselves and to others when in the process of grieving the loss of a loved one so that it becomes a relationship again giving us new life. These healing processes can also heal the other hurts we suffer in life.

Fr. Matthew Linn, SJ has focused on integrating physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. He is a member of the Association of Christian Therapists with advanced graduate degrees in sociology, anthropology, spirituality, and theology. Since 1970 he has given courses and retreats in over 60 countries from Alaska to Australia. Ordained in l973 he currently lives in a Jesuit community in Minneapolis where he trains spiritual directors at Sacred Ground and serves on the editorial board of Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction. Matt, along with his partners Dennis and Sheila have written 22 books translated in over 20 languages and with over a million copies in English.

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Centering Prayer Retreat

Centering Prayer Retreat - Upcoming Events

Contemplative Outreach of New Orleans


Friday, July 29, 2016 through Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Rosaryville Spirit Life Center Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Contemplative Outreach of New Orleans is pleased to offer a very special retreat, providing an opportunity to deepen the practice of Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer in an atmosphere of quiet and community support.

Centering Prayer helps us let go of over-conceptualization, hyperactivity, and over-dependence on self. This means that when we experience Lectio Divina we are more open to take in the Scripture at a different level, and rely more on God. Lectio Divina reminds us that our Centering Prayer is relational, and we are entering into a deeper relation with our God, who is already deeply in love with us.

—Fr. Carl Arico

This retreat is geared to participants who have an established daily Centering Prayer or other meditative practice. Beginners are welcome with the knowledge that the retreat atmosphere will be one of profound silence and community support, in order to allow participants to deepen their reservoir of interior silence and stillness.

Join us in this beautiful countryside setting to renew your body, mind and spirit.


The retreat fee is $495, inclusive of accommodations and meals. A $200 deposit is required by June 26, 2016.

$250 commuter fee.

This retreat will begin the afternoon of Friday, July 29, 2016, with check-in from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m., and the opening presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. The retreat will conclude Wednesday, August 3 , 2016, after breakfast.

If you have any special requirements, please let us know by June 26, 2016.

For further information, please contact Vivien Michals at ( 504 ) 944 - 4000, or

Contemplative Outreach of New Orleans is a chapter of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., a worldwide organization founded and headed by Fr. Thomas Keating. Part of the mission of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., is to bring the ancient Christian practice of contemplative prayer to the modern community. It attempts to accomplish this goal primarily through the teaching of the practice of Centering Prayer.

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