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 2015 Programs

Unless specified, the location for the retreats/workshops is:
96 Fairview Road
Pittsfield, NH


(Summer Retreats are listed at the end)

(Registration Form)





Programs Offered in 2015




Saturday March 14, 2015


Suffering: Mystery, Paradox and Purpose

Presenter: Mary Schneiders, OP

Suffering is a reality of life – Jesus’ life and our own. But why? What meaning or value does suffering have? Come explore the meaning and purpose of this paradox – the terrible gift of suffering.

Time 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM Cost:$40.00 (includes meal) Deposit: $10.00 (non-refundable)

Pre-registration is required call 603-435-7271 or email



Saturday April 25 – Friday May 8, 2015

Expanding Consciousness Article   Workshop Flyer

The Mystical Perspective of Earth and Cosmic Consciousness

Walking the Sacred By-Paths

Presenters: Norman Comtois, OMI, MA; Dorothy Landry, CAGS, LMHC and Denise Turcotte, CSC, MST


“The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all.” Karl Rahner

From the Flaring Forth to the present moment, evolution is God’s seamless creative work of art. Science is discovering what mystics have been telling us for centuries: all is one. In this enrichment experience, the mystical perspective will be interwoven into the universe, earth, and human story. The presenters bring their respective expertise in cosmology, mysticism and ecology as they offer the participants an opportunity to deepen a unitive spirituality that brings hope and meaning to all.

Limit: 16 participants Cost: $1450.00 includes room, board and program.

Deposit: $200.00 non-refundable with $750.00 due 30 days prior to the program.

Remainder to be paid upon arrival.



Friday May 29 – Sunday May 31, 2015



Title: Elimination of My Drinking is But a Beginning

Presenter: Mary Thayer

A Big Book, Twelve Step, weekend retreat for women.

Contact: Jacqueline Verville, at 603-935-8479


August 31 - Sept. 30, 2015


Journey into Deeper Love

(Retirement for Mission)

This program is designed for women religious who are retired or are contemplating retirement in the near future. It is intended to assist sisters in making the difficult transition from a fully active ministry to retirement, with a special focus on recognizing and living their retirement years as a fruitful period of ;life with real possibilities for personal growth as well as new opportunities for engagement in ministry.

The program will include presentations, spiritual direction, prayer and liturgy. Also massage, T'ai Chai, personal time, and field trips will be available.

Presenters:  Nancy Schreck, OSF; Dorothy Heiderscheit, OSF; Norman Comtois, OMI; Denise Turcotte, CSC; Helene Cote, p.m.; Betty Roy; Mary Schneiders, OP

Workshop Flyer   Registration Form


(Registration Form)



    (See note at end regarding arrival and departure times)



July 6 – 12, 2015



Our Companions for the Journey: Women in Scriptures

Presenter: Mary Schneiders, OP

What was important to the women in the scriptures is still important to women today: love, hope, finding meaning and purpose, giving birth, friends and family, service, healing for themselves and others, etc. Come discover these biblical companions and how their stories intersect with, inspire and enrich our own.

Cost: $450.00 Deposit: $50.00 (non-refundable)



July 6 –12, 2015




Pauline Plante, CSC and Rosina Bechard, FCSCJ

Cost: $450.00 Deposit: $50. (non-refundable)



July 27 – August 2, 2015


Saying “Yes” to the Call of Aging

Presenter: Ann Billard, OLM, Ph.D.

This guided retreat is for older adults who wish to deepen their ability to live more fully. This experience invites the older adult to say “yes” to the call of aging by living in the promise of the resurrection while surrendering to the losses of aging. The retreat will guide participants in using spiritual tools to grow into a deeper relationship with God.

There will be two conferences daily with time for prayer, personal reflection, and optional processing with retreat facilitator.

Other spiritual tools will include scripture, elder tales, and guided reflections on the day’s theme, rituals, and silence.

Cost: $450.00 Deposit: $50.00 (non-refundable)



July 27 – August 2, 2015



Pauline Plante, CSC Mary Schneiders, OP

Cost: $450.00 Deposit $50.00 (non-refundable)



August 10 - August 16, 2015



The Grace of Ordinary Time

Presenter: Rosina Bechard, FCSCJ

We celebrate 34 weeks of ‘ordinary’ time each year. Might there be grace we overlook because our lives – we believe- are so ordinary? There is a saying which can help us seek out and pinpoint more clearly the grace in and of our so very ordinary lives: ‘God comes to us disguised as our lives.’

Come aside for a while to look deeply into the stuff of the sacred everydayness of our daily relationships and interactions.

Cost: $450.00 Deposit $50.00 (non-refundable.)



August 10 - August 16, 2015



Pauline Plante, CSC Mary Schneiders, OP

Cost: $450.00 Deposit $50.00 (non-refundable)



  Note Regarding July, August and September Retreats
Opening Day:  Arrival at 4:00 pm
Closing Day: Departure after the Noon Meal

For Private Retreats:  Please call the Center: 
Cost is $55.00 per day

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If you wish to contact former members of the Berakah Renewal Staff
for retreats/workshops, they may be reached via the following emails:

Rev. Norman Comtois, OMI

Sr. Helene Cote, p.m.

Sr. Rosina Bechard, FCSCJ

Mrs. Dorothy Landry


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