The theme in 2016 was ‘Health, Wisdom and Tradition’.
Unfortunately, our original speakers were unavailable at short notice for health reasons. (We very much hope to invite them back when they are fully fit again.)
Dr John McKay, who works as a hospital GP, and is also very involved in his parish, kindly stepped into the breach. He spoke about ‘Wisdom for the Next Generation’, and provoked much thought with his comparison between the NHS 25 years ago and now, and with his wonderful slide of an overburdened donkey!
Fr Dixie Taylor used the Wisdom books of the Old Testament to reflect on the importance of experience, community and truth in wisdom and tradition.
Sr Margaret Atkins used the original Hippocratic Oath to identify enduring fundamental principles for healthcare professionals and to consider the challenges they pose today. In a final group discussion we shared our wisdom in pondering the most important values, practices, ideals and principles to pass on to the next generation, and how we might best succeed in doing this.
The programme provided the opportunity to share Mass and the Prayer of the Church with the Boarbank Sisters, to walk in the local area and to share conversation and social time as well as personal quiet. As always, many of the most important moments of the weekend came during the free time.
We plan to repeat the retreat on the same weekend next year.
To book or for further information, please contact SR MARGARET