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 2015 - 2016 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 2015-2016


August 31 - Sept. 30, 2015


Journey into Deeper Love

(Retirement for Mission)

Retirement for Mission: Journey into Deeper Love
This program is designed for women religious who are retired or are contemplating retirement in the near future.
We hope to facilitate the movement from a deep realization and gratitude for all that they have lived and experienced, to embarking on the next stage of life which involves a call to journey more deeply into the heart of God while opening themselves to new, unanticipated, but real opportunies for ministry.
Retirement need not and ought not to mean withdrawal from meaningful engagement in Christ’s mission and ministry, but rather a realistic, necessary and creative adjustment in how we continue to respond faithfully to our call bring Christ to others and to our world.

Transition “A time of Being Lured in the Wilderness” – Nancy Schreck, OSF
Landscape of Life – Betty Roy
Spirituality within the Universe Story – Norman Comtois, OMI
Denise Turcotte, CSC
Prayer and Contemplation – Helene Cote, p.m.
Grief and Loss – Dorothy Heiderscheit, OSF

Journey into Deeper Lover (retreat) Mary Schneiders, OP

Time for Prayer and Leisure

Cost: $3,000.00                        Non-refundable deposit: $200.00


Workshop Flyer   Registration Form


October 4, 2015

Sunday October 4, 2015
Do Whatever He Tells You (John 2:5)
Presenter: Rosina Bechard, FCSCJ

These are the last words of Mary recorded in Scripture.
What can they possibly have to say to us, citizens of our
 21st Century World? How can they empower us to live our faith in the concrete everydayness of our lives? Let us take a bit of time to explore together this very pertinent message for us who, like Mary, journey in faith.
      Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM    Pre-registration required
Please call 603-435-7271 or email Free will offering.


October 24, 2015


Saturday October 24, 2015
The Grace of Acceptance
Presenter: Jan Novotka

This one day retreat invites us to name and embrace some of the things in our lives which we are having a hard time accepting. When we come to “accept what is as it is” a deep peace comes over us. This surrendering to “Life” is actually a way of entering into union with each moment and with God, bringing not only peace but a sense of well-being at the deepest level.
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM Place: St. George Manor/Holy Cross Center, 357 Island Pond Rd. Manchester, NH 03109. Call Berakah 603-435-7271 or email to register. Bring a lunch, drinks will be provided. Free will offering. Pre-registration required.



October 30 - November 1, 2015

Friday October 30 – Sunday November 1, 2015

Transformation2Wellness workshop
Presenter: Kim Le Nguyen, MS-AT

“Breathing in, there is only the present moment. Breathing out, it is a wonderful moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Discover the power of your breaths to create calm & a deep connection to your spiritual self through watercolor painting techniques and processes. Learn to release blocked and suppressed breaths that were gifted by the Holy Spirit. Practice and align your breathing with your painting in order to be transformed. The “Breathe” weekend will include reflective praying sessions, watercolor painting demonstrations, practicing time, facilitated processes and optional individual interpreting sessions.

Bring your own supplies. Arrival time: Friday 4:00 PM
Departure time: After Sunday Noon Meal.
Cost: $190.00 Pre-registration is required.
Call Berakah 603-435-7271 or email


December 5, 2015

Saturday December 5, 2015

Concert by Josee Vachon Franco-American Singer
Accompanied by Donna Hebert
Place: St. George Manor/Holy Cross Center,
357 Island Pond Rd. Manchester, NH
Time: 1:00 -3:30 PM Concert.
For more information & to register call 603-435-7172 or
Email Pre-registration required


December 12, 2015

Saturday December 12, 2015

Waiting and Hoping for what is Already Here
Presenter: Mary Schneiders, OP
Advent is always associated with hope. Hope, however, is not simply a virtue or wishful thinking. Its’ a journey, a way of life that colors who we are and what we do. And that for which we hope is not only in the future but already being fulfilled our daily lives.
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM   Cost: $40.00 (includes meal)
Deposit $10.00 (non-refundable) Pre-registration required,
Call 603-435-7271 or email


February 27, 2016


Saturday February 27, 2016
Suffering: Mystery, Paradox and Purpose
Presenter: Mary Schneiders, OP
Suffering is a reality of life – Jesus’ life and ours.
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 required
Call 603-435-7271 or email


May 20-22, 2016


Friday May 20 – 22, 2016
Women AA Week-end Retreat
Presenter: Betty Crowson  Cost: $160.00
Contact: Jacqueline Verville, at 603-935-8479
Saturday June 4 – Friday June 17, 2016
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

This enrichment program stresses the interrelatedness of the spiritual journey and the evolutionary story and seamlessly explores the foundational topics of ecology, mysticism and cosmology. It appeals to those who are awakening to the universe Story and eco-spirituality and are looking for the next step to integrate their understanding with a unitive spirituality that brings hope and meaning to all of life. For a deeper understanding of the program, we invite you to read “Expanding Consciousness, Berakah Program Deepens a Pilgrim Worldview”
Limit: 16 participants  Cost: $1,450.00 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.


December 20, 2016


Tuesday December 20, 2016
Winter Solstice
Presenter: Denise Turcotte, CSC
You are invited to celebrate the Winter Solstice and reflect on the meaning of transition from darkness to LIGHT. We will welcome the solstice with music, reflection in the warmth of the house, and weather permitting kindle a fire outdoors.  The evening will culminate with a bowl of hot soup.

Time: 5:00-6:00 PM   Free will offering   Pre-registration required


(Registration Form)



    (See note at end regarding arrival and departure times)


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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