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Spiritual Direction Institute – Charlottesville – Meeting April 12th

The Charlottesville section of the Spiritual Direction Institute (SDI), established by the late Monsignor Chester Michael in 1989, will hold an informational meeting on Sunday, Apr.12, 2015, from 2-4pm at the Church of the Incarnation in Charlottesville, Va. This 2-year ecumenical adult formation program covers more than 50 tools that enhance our individual spiritual journey and help us accompany others on theirs. Meetings are on the first Saturdays of the month, except summer, with 2 week-end retreats/year. Through group discussions, lectures, personal daily prayer, and study, we cover such topics as the wisdom of the spiritual masters, prayer and temperament, the MBTI, journaling, lectio divina, personal growth plans, etc. For more information, contact Bev Mirmelstein – bevmirm@gmail.com or call 434-996-9178.


Monsignor Chester Michael (1916-2014) RIP

We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) RSV

(favorite Bible quote of Fr. Chet’s)

 10498207_10204416414319929_1052966899565092963_oPhoto by Dr. Tim Short of Fr. Chet who loved to hike in the Shenandoah Mountains

It is with great sadness that we report that Monsignor Chester Michael peacefully passed away on Thursday at 3pm on July 31, 2014 at age 97 while in hospice care. Rev. Msgr. Chester P. Michael, a retired priest of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, was born in Berkeley Springs, WV, in 1916, ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in 1942, and was a faithful priest of the Diocese for 72 years. Please remember Msgr. Michael and his family in your prayers.

Remembering Monsignor Chester Michael (click for more stories and photos)