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Day Away Retreat May 16th

The “Day Away” Retreat Team, including graduates of Monsignor Chester Michael’s Spiritual Direction Institute, will offer The next “Day Away” at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Crozet, VA on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 8:30 to 4:00 PM.

The topic will be “Forgiveness: The Spirituality of Imperfection.” We’ll address the following topics: Mistakes and Self-forgiveness, Vulnerability and Compassion, and The Role of the Shadow in Forgiveness, making use of art, journaling, stories, “broken pots and found objects,” and Lectio Divina.

There will be periods of interaction as well as time for quiet, journaling, walking, etc.

There is no fee for the retreat, but we do collect donations for the Sisters, who generously make this unique place available to us.

Coffee, bagels, and fruit will be provided.  Bring a bag lunch, your Bible, writing material, and comfortable walking shoes.

To register, send an e-mail to Bev Mirmelstein, bevmirm@gmail.com, or call (434) 996-8291.

Let us know if you need directions to the retreat cabins, which are located a short distance from the monastery.



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)