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Retreat Focuses on Mystics: Julian of Norwich and Thomas Merton

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What can mystics of the past teach us about how to live in our troubled world today? Retreatants can gain an understanding of their message through A Retreat on the Mystics: Julian of Norwich and Thomas Merton. The retreat begins at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2024, and finishes at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2024.

Joan M. Nuth, Associate Professor Emerita of Theology at John Carroll University in Cleveland, focuses on Julian of Norwich, a 14th-century English mystic whose eloquent theological writings served as an antidote to the fears and despair raised by the Black Death in her time.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968), an American Trappist monk, deepened his understanding of Christian mysteries such as the Trinity, the Incarnation, and the Paschal mystery through his encounters with the mystical traditions of the Buddhists and the Sufis. Joseph Quinn (Joe) Raab, a Professor of Religious Studies and Theology at Siena Heights University, shares his studies on Thomas Merton.

The retreat costs $180 for commuters, $280 per person for double occupancy, and $380 for single occupancy. Registration is required. Visit and click on “programs,” call 517-266-4000, or email Limited scholarships are available.

Weber Center is on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters Motherhouse, Adrian, Michigan. Traveling east on Siena Heights Drive, pass the Adrian Rea Literacy Center and turn left just before the solar panel-covered carport. Follow the signs to Weber Center. For information, call the Weber Center at 517-266-4000.

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