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Advent 2017:

A Pilgrimage Into Nonviolence

Advent is a season of pilgrimage, a time of sacred travel.  It helps us answer what Goethe called "the holy longing".  Making a pilgrimage is different from "making progress".  Advent is a season of transformation, an invitation to be born again, a time of embracing God's peace.

Join Marie Dennis and Rose Marie Berger on this retreat where we will explore the Catholic Church's pilgrimage toward nonviolence and peace.  We will build on the stories and experiences of those who gather and encourage lively dialogue between our own stories and Pope Francis' words in his message, "Nonviolence:  A Style of Politics for Peace." 


We will also explore the international round table process occurring over the next year to lay the groundwork for a possible encyclical on recentering nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church.  

Advance Registration:  
Contact Mary's House
205-780-2020 or email
Plentiful scholarships are available!
Dates:  December 8th-10th, 2017
Times:  Friday 7:00pm - 12:00pm Sunday
Cost:  $60 days only, $65 for overnight
Place:  The Rush Center
             1126 Wiles Rd, Midfield, AL.

Marie Dennis has been co-president of Pax Christi International since 2007.  She is a laywoman and mother of six.  She holds a masters degree in moral theology from Washington Theological Union and honorary doctorates from Trinity Washington Univ. and Alvernia Univ.  She is author or co-author of seven books and serves on many boards and committees dedicated to peace and justice.  

Rose Marie Berger is and associate editor of Sojourners magazine, author, public speaker and poet.  She is a veteran activist who educations and trains groups in nonviolence, leads retreats on spirituality and justice, and wrote on a wide range of topics relating to faith, politics and culture. 

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