Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Room Prompts St. Theresa To Offer Priest Retreats

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett
Pastor Holy Rosary Mission

Saint Theresa, a mission of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, is located in Bristol Bay. It is the fishing center of the world. The actual church building is located on the only paved road in the area. The pavement runs from King Salmon to Naknek and is about 12 miles long. Saint Theresa is located near the six mile mark in a quiet and secluded area. For a more information about Saint Theresa click here: http://holyrosaryalaskanaknek.blogspot.com/


With the finishing of a new room, Saint Theresa is inviting any priest who would like to take a private self-directed retreat, to think about Saint Theresa. All that is needed is verification that the priest is in good standing with the Catholic Church and is willing to celebrate the one Mass we offer each week, which is Sunday at 9:00 AM.


The newly built room took the place of the original sleeping arrangement, which was a fold-out bed in the south end of the church basement.


A new private room was completed in December of 2009 and is located in the north end of the church basement. Here is a work in progress picture of the New Priest Retreat room.


Closet doors still need to be intalled.


New furniture was ordered and set up in the recently built 10' by 12' room.


The new room has a view!


There are four main reasons Saint Theresa would be a great place for a quiet, peaceful, and spiritual self-directed retreat. First, its location takes full advantage of views of lakes, tundra, and mountains, making for a spiritual and serene environment.

Second, staying in the basement of the church would allow easy access to the Blessed Sacrament and the chapel.


Third, the accommodations are great for a remote church in the middle of the Alaskan Bush. They include a kitchen (stove, fridge, etc), room, telephone, DVD/TV player, shower, running water, and use of a Subaru. There is internet access in the library at Naknek and grocery shopping in the two small villages.

Fourth, the church is normally used only once a week for Mass, which is every Sunday at 9:00 AM. This could truly be a silent retreat if wanted.

So, if you are ready for a peaceful retreat, you love adventure, and would like to experience the Alaskan Bush first hand, then send us an email or give us a call and arrange for some spiritual nourishment!

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