The scholarship deadline is Monday, July 29.
The registration deadline is Thursday, August 1.
Registration is now open for Holy Cross’ 14th Annual Women’s Retreat. We will gather September 20-22 at Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. Join us to refresh your spirit and strengthen your relationship with God and community. If you need scholarship support to attend, please speak directly to Rev. Erin prior to registering. All scholarship requests will be kept confidiential.
This year’s theme is Care for Self: Body, Mind and Soul. We are blessed with not one but five amazing presenters! More information about them and their presentations is below.
- Michele Rivard will present on Faith-Filled Self-Care Through Art. Michele has been professionally and personally involved in faith-based work for 35 years in 7 diverse states. Join in exploring “Faith-Filled Self-Care” through quotes, poetry, stained glass, music, and art. Consider ways to grow and develop your unique spirituality in everyday life. Short lecture, individual project, and group discussion will be part of this fun session!
- Pam Imbler will present on The Way of the Heart to the Kingdom Within. Pam, a retired pharmacist, embraces many contemplative spiritual disciplines fostered over the past 20 years by participation in the Order of the Daughters of the King, Christian Healing Ministries, Cursillo, Education for Ministry, and personal study of Celtic spirituality and the way of St. Benedict. Pam serves the Holy Cross community through small groups leadership, spiritual formation special program facilitation, and liturgical prayer composition. She lives in the Five Forks area of Simpsonville with two very old Maltese. Pam considers an intimate connection to the Divine One necessary for a healthy spiritual life. Her retreat presentation will address the spiritual practices of solitude, silence, and prayer to connect and dwell with God in His Kingdom. Emphasis will include the understanding and practice of contemplative prayer which effects transformation of consciousness that shines a bit of the Kingdom into the world.
- Deb Flanagan will present on Sexual Abuse: What’s the Secret? Deb is a Family Nurse Practitioner with 36 years of RN/NP experience. She’s worked in obstetrics, nursing and nurse practitioner student teaching, the operating room, home health, OB outpatient, occupational health, and adult internal medicine. In addition, she served 26 years in the Navy Reserves and was deployed to both Desert Storm and Afghanistan. She retired with the rank of Captain. She currently works at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic as an Adult Health NP. She is originally from Milwaukee and has been married to Mike Flanagan for 37 years. They have two adult children and three grandchildren. In addition to spending as much time as possible with her family, Deb enjoys crocheting, yoga, painting, vacationing at the beach and going on cruises. At Holy Cross, she serves as a Eucharistic Minister, is a member of the Faith in Action group, member of The Daughters of the King, and also served as a Cursillo staff member for the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. Deb will be presenting on a very personal topic, sexual abuse. This topic has been and still is “hush hush” but affects four to six out of ten people. Come listen to how this abuse affects individuals and families in negative and positive (yes, sometimes positive) ways.
- Dionne Sandiford will present on domestic violence.
- Erin Richardson will present Care of Body: Living Life from the Neck Up. She has spent her adult life seeking ways to grow spiritually and mentally, all while either ignoring or punishing her body. She will share how she has made peace, and learned to live fully in her body. Erin is a mom to three teens, a licensed social worker, and was a member at Holy Cross before her move to Charlotte.