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2009 Lenten Retreat Rosenberg, Texas

by Terrie Vacek

Catholic Daughters of the Americas from District 10, 28, 35, and 37 attended the 2009 Multi-District Lenten retreat in Joerger-Lindsey Hall, Holy Rosary, Rosenberg, TX.

Retreatants were CDA Members from the following courts: Holy Rosary #1476 Rosenberg, Saint Isidore #2340 Needville, Sister Mary Walter #2401 Rosenberg, Sacred Heart of Divine Mercy #2469 Pattison, Saint Bernadette #1108 East Bernard, Queen of Angels #1538 Wallis, St. Elizabeth #1616 Sealy, Our Lady of Faith #2607 Frydek, Immaculate Mary #2134 Angleton, Our Lady Queen of Hope # 2289 Brazoria, Father Chromcik #1440 Fayetteville, Mary Queen of the Snows #1588 Columbus, Our Lady of the Rosary #1595 Nada, St. Roch of Mentz #2328 Alleyton, and our Lady of the Fields #2465 Eagle Lake.

Olga Samaniego, Immediate Past State Regent and State Spiritual Enhancement Chairman led the retreat titled "Seeking the Face of God." The retreat was broken down into six sessions; Created and Loved, Surrendered and Joyful, Seeking God's Hand in the Power of Prayer, Seeking God's Face with the Power of Transforming Prayer, Called and Gifted, and Sisterhood & Teamwork. With song, reverence, humor, and several 20 minute prayer & reflection sessions, Samaniego emphasized that a relationship with Jesus begins by saying yes to an invitation.

Samaniego stressed the unconditional love of our Heavenly Father and the blessings of "Surrendering to His Will". When we embrace His plan for our lives, our transformation leads us to live in trust and peace. Vacek stated, "Like Moses when talking to God, Olga became radiant with her delivery of the Word and with one-on-one prayer petitions. This transformation before our eyes is a reminder to us that a deep and intimate relationship with our Lord is very doable!"

Rev. Bill Bartniski, pastor of Holy Rosary, welcomed retreat attendees as the first group to use the new Joerger-Lindsey Hall. Rev. Donald Ruppert of East Bernard, State Chaplain and National Clergy Consultant, attended a session and presented remarks about CDA adding greetings from the National Board.

Hosts were CDA District Deputies #10- Alma Slawinski of Rosenberg, #28 – Carolyn Rapsilver of Sealy, #35, and #37. Rosenberg court members served as hostesses with Slawinski as retreat coordinator. Retreat attendees enjoyed a wonderful kolaches & fruit breakfast followed by soup & sandwiches for lunch.

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