The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South


Ordination Retreat: The Path to Priesthood

St. Mary's Sewanee,

St. Mary’s Sewanee is hosting a retreat designed for those who will soon be ordained priests in the Episcopal Church. It offers an opportunity for prayer and reflection before the final step in the long journey to becoming a priest in God’s Church. Through common worship and periods of silence and meditations by the Rt. Rev. Henry Nutt Parsley and the Rev. Dr. Julia Gatta, retreat participants will be given a sacred setting and time to deepen their spiritual preparation for this priestly ordination and ministry.

Parsley is the recently retired 10th bishop of Alabama and was the 22nd chancellor of the University of the South. Parsley has offered leadership for the Church as a person of deep spiritual insight, discerning intellect and a gifted teacher. Since 2000, Parsley’s retreats frequently utilize his interest and passion for literature as a resource for the spiritual journey.

Gatta is professor of pastoral theology in The School of Theology. An Episcopal priest, she has served parishes in Connecticut for 25 years before embarking upon seminary teaching. She holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Cornell University. Gatta is the author of several books; including The Nearness of God: Ministry as Spiritual Practice and most recently she co-authored with Martin Smith, Go in Peace: The Art of Hearing Confessions.

Place: St. Mary’s Sewanee, Sewanee, Tennessee
Dates: November 20–22, 2013
Times: Wednesday 6 p.m. until Friday 11 a.m.
Fee: St. Mary's Hall: $325.00 (Single), New Building: $425.00 (Single), Commuter: $225.00 (Single)
Fee includes meals.

To pre-register and for more information:
Call: 800.728.1659 or 931.598.5342
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