Shrine Mont Parish Weekends
Sign ups are now available for our annual parish retreat, happening September 18-20, 2020!
Our Shrine Mont weekend is a great time for all ages! Come join fellow parishioners for an opportunity to unplug, unwind, and commune with our Creator in a serene and inspiring outdoor setting. Shrine Mont is the Cathedral of the Diocese of Virginia. Shrine Mont is located 110 miles from St. Michael’s in Orkney Springs, VA. You can get to Shrine Mont in as little as two hours, depending on I-66 West traffic.
This year, St. Michael's will gather at Shrine Mont after a long period of isolation, from family members, our friends, colleagues, fellow commuters, diners, shoppers, and, of course, our fellow parishioners. How has this isolation shaped us? What lessons might we draw from this extraordinary circumstance? How do we begin anew after experiencing something so profound? If isolation tests our faith, might it also be a wellspring of strength?
Joining us this year is Roger Bowen, retired chaplain at Shrine Mont, who brings with him a wealth of experiences in the Episcopal Church. He is the Episcopal Church’s national liaison between Episcopal schools in Haiti and the U.S. and served as headmaster of two Episcopal schools and the chaplain at two others. He served in the Peace Corps and was the associate Peace Corps director in Tonga, South Pacific. Roger is a juggler, a performer of two magic tricks, and a storyteller—all talents that will serve us well during our weekend!
Cost (which includes delicious comfort food from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch) for adults in a single occupancy room is $210. Cost for adults in a double occupancy room is $160 each. Thanks to the generosity of our parish, children 18 and under attend for free!
Questions? Please contact a member of our Shrine Mont steering committee: Tom Sheldon, Amy Miller, Linda Kelleher, and Caroline Haynes.
Reflections from a First Time Attendee to the Parish Retreat
My first impression of Shrine Mont came from one of the coffee cups at coffee hour. It looks scary to say the least. Then came a verbal challenge, thrown around a few weeks later at coffee hour, “I’ll go if you go…”
I will not lie, I was a little hesitant to leave home for a weekend to spend time with some people I was only beginning to know and join in activities that would involve things like ‘sharing, openess and reflection.’ I drove myself up because I was leaving later than most folks, which everyone understood, and I found the ride to be a nice opportunity to separate myself from Arlington and work. Once there, I was met with friendly smiles, easy choices of activities and a sense of calmness. The people I chose to spend my time with were fun, engaged and interesting. I must say, the fellowship was the best part. As I talked with other parishioners that I hadn’t yet met at church and then shared laughs with some of the much younger members of the church at mealtime, I finally felt like I was becoming a member of St. Michael's. There was time to hike in the woods, hang out on front porches, and even sit in the chapel in the woods and be still. It was a special weekend that I look forward to repeating soon.
Shrine Mont, 2019
Parish Retreat, 2018