"It seems strange to say, but what can help modern man find the answers to his own mystery and the mystery of him in whose image he is created, is silence, solitude -- in a word, the desert. Modern man needs these things more than the hermits of old." Catherine Doherty

Saturday, April 9, 2011

This week at Mary Theotokos!

This week at the Mary Theotokos retreat center – well spring has finally sprung here in the Northeast Kingdom and that means one thing, MUD! The snow is receding and the driveway has given itself over to deep ruts of lovely mud. Fortunately the grade runs the water downhill and away so it is much better than it could have been. As the kids break out the mud boots, explore the river out back, we also prepare the interior rooms and Church to receive our first day retreats!

The driveway gives way to mud and dirt with no more icy patches. Pruning has begun here on the apple orchard as well!
Below you can see the guest rooms are really taking shape on the second floor of the main house.

Out back the river begins to emerge from the ice as the house and church fills with the sound of this gurgling stream. The trout are waking up!

And in the church the interior is being cleaned and prepared for our first day retreats, “Getting closer to God” days of reflection, lecture and prayer.

We look forward to seeing YOU soon!