Religion briefs

St. James to examine Celtic spirituality

The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation will offer a weekend workshop on Celtic Spirituality and the Christian Tradition, led by theologian and pilgrimage leader Marcus Losack on April 12-13 in the church’s Ministries Center, 208 N. Fourth St.

Losack, of Ireland, is the author of two recent books on St. Patrick and the founder of Céile Dé, an ecumenical organization that specializes in the development of study programs and pilgrimages in Celtic Spirituality.

Céile Dé, Gaelic for “together with God,” is the name of an eighth-century spiritual reform movement in Ireland that sought a return to the teachings of Christianity as exemplified by the Desert Mothers and Fathers in Egypt.

The movement flowered in Western Europe through the conduit of St. Martin of Tours, the writings of John Cassian and the lives of the Celtic saints.

On April 12, registration opens at 6:30 p.m. with the program running from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the topic “The Bible, the Desert, and Celtic Spirituality.”

On April 13, registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by a 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. session on “St. Patrick and the Celtic Tradition” and a 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. session on “Pilgrimage and the Christian Tradition.”

Advance registration is encouraged. Visit The cost is $20 for April 12, $30 for April 13 or $45 for both days.

Men of Faith Retreat offered at end of May

A Men of Faith Retreat, especially designed to help men better understand and live out their Catholic faith, will be offered from 7 p.m. May 31 to 3 p.m. June 2 at Our Lady of Sorrows, 420 N. Main St., St. Martinville.

The retreat is mostly silent, but the Rev. Michael Champagne will present talks on such topics as conversion to faith; call to holiness; faith and prayer; sacraments of faith; and the call of men to hand on the faith in the New Evangelization.

Participants are asked to bring their own towels and toiletries.

There is no cost for the retreat, but register early as space is limited. Call Vic Guidry at (337) 824-3045.

Rosaryville schedule covers women, teens

The upcoming retreat schedule at the Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road, Ponchatoula, includes opportunities for women, teens and those looking for healing or quiet reflection.

Women’s All-Denominational Retreat: Friday through March 17, a time of hope and renewal, led by JoAnn Forbes.

Ignite Youth Retreat: April 27-28, for teens in the ninth to 12th grades, led by Stephanie Clouatre Davis.

Dottie DeGrandis Retreat: May 31 through June 4, a retreat full of healing and life, led by Dorothea DeGrandis-Sudol.

Rosaryville Directed Retreat: June 9-16, a quiet time for reflection and renewal, led by Sister Mary Noel and the Rev. Joe Polermo.

Visit http://www.rosaryville or call (225) 294-5039.

Cenacle: Retreats take spirit into bloom

Cenacle Retreat House, 5500 St. Mary St., Metairie, will offer these retreats in April to bring one’s “spirit into full bloom.”

Staying Awake: April 12-14, presented by the Rev. Donald Blanchard.

Healing Through the Great Parables of Jesus: April 19-21, presented by the Rev. Matt Linn.

Jesus Yesterday, Today and Forever — Resurrection: April 26-28, presented by the Rev. Richard Buhler.

Call (504) 887-1810, email or visit

Compiled by Advocate staff

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