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2019 Clergy Spouse Association Weekend

PARRISH – The Spring 2019 Clergy Spouse Association weekend is February 22 – 24, 2019 at DaySpring Episcopal Center. The theme is Ten Ways to Love: With Some Help From Scripture.

The retreat format will include an interactive session, addressing the issues of keeping one’s personal identity, boundaries and spirituality as an active, retired or widowed clergy spouse. Time for personal prayer and reflection as well as sharing experiences for those who wish and time for relaxing are included.

Speakers Rita and Michael Piovane have extensive experience in designing and facilitating spiritual retreats and educational programs for individuals, couples and families. Rita is a Ph.D. Psychologist who had a private practice before retiring. She also served as Director of Religious Education in two parishes. Michael is a retired Episcopal priest with an Ed.D. in Higher Educational Administration, a M.Div., and a certificate in spirituality from Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.

Registration and conference information is below:

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Register for the Annual Luncheon

PUNTA GORDA – The annual CSA luncheon celebration will be held on Saturday, October 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will feature Barbara Evans as our 2018 Luncheon Speaker.

Barbara is the Chief Development Officer for Grace Place for Children and Families in Naples. Barbara was awarded 2017’s Outstanding Philanthropic Executive by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Collier-Lee Chapter. Barbara and her family live in Sarasota where her husband serves as Associate to the Rector at St. Boniface. Register HERE.

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Announcing the Mary Ellen Smith Fund

The CSA Board of Directors recently voted to utilize a portion of the CSA’s account balance to create an endowment fund to provide ongoing support of the CSA’s mission and purpose of supporting clergy spouses and
their families.

The decision to honor our beloved Mary Ellen Smith by naming the fund in her memory was indeed a God-given gift of inspiration. The establishment of this fund and its growth will impact the CSA’s ability to fulfill outreach needs in our community and beyond. A portion of the offering from the 2018 Convention Holy Eucharist with Bishop Curry will be designated to the newly established MES Memorial Endowment Fund.

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Photos from the 2018 Spring Retreat

2018 CSA Spring Retreat

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Save the Date 2018 Spring Retreat

2018 CSA Spring Gathering & Retreat

Looking Back to Move Forward

The theme for the 2018 retreat draws inspiration from the

Celebration of the Diocesan 50th Anniversary, the great blessing

of a diverse and unified clergy spouse association, and the spiritual

meaning of the Cross of Jesus Christ as we seek to know Him.

Click on link below for PDF flyer.

2018 Save The Date Spring Retreat Flyer (1)

A downloadable reservation form is available on the Events tab if you did not receive one by mail.

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Annual Convention Luncheon Save the Date October 14, 2017; 11:30am

 

Isles Yacht Club, Punta Gorda, FL

(Your Mailed INVITATION & MENU To RSVP Coming Soon)  Flyer can be found on the EVENTS tab of this website.

If you DO NOT receive a mailed invitation by Sept. 10th, please contact Barbara Brotherton to RSVP at bab@digital.net

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Lovely Account of the Retreat from one of our Newest Members

My experience at the annual Diocese of Southwest Florida CSA retreat was extremely meaningful and one that I will absolutely clear my calendar for in the future.  This was my first time since leaving the comforting folds of seminary (a little less than a year ago) that I have been able to be together in a group with other clergy spouses.  I did not realize how much I missed this special camaraderie and even though I had only met a few of the members previously, I immediately felt welcomed and at ease.

            The program led by The Rev. Barbara Price was thought provoking and required intense self-reflection, but in a way, that was positive with both clear takeaways and room to keep pondering.  The discussions that arose about our personality types and how they influence our everyday lives, roles as clergy spouses, and individual prayer lives were refreshing, inspiring, and even hilarious at times!  I particularly appreciated that there was a solid two-and-a-half-hour time set aside in the afternoon for individual prayer and reflection.  I was only able to attend the Saturday program, but this was well worth my while and I hope to be able to spend at least one night next year!

 -Jeanne Ackerman

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Photos from 2017 Clergy Spouse Retreat at DaySpring

Friday night couples dinner in Curry Hall

Classroom time with Rev. Barbara discussing our personality types.

Host Rev. Barbara Price

Meditation & Reflection

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CSA Spring Retreat

Click on the Events Tab for details on the flow of the weekend and where to meet.  Looking forward to see old friends and meeting new!

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CSA Spring Retreat

Time to RSVP! Annual Clergy Spouse Spring Retreat

 May 5 – 7th, 2017

DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center  Ellenton, FL

Child care avail Fri night during the couples Spring Harvest Reception 5pm with Dinner to follow at 6pm

This year, the CSA welcomes Rev. Barbara Price to lead our retreat in a journey exploring the idea of prayer experiences being based on the direction of personality temperament.  Enjoy this spiritual and social experience in the natural surroundings of DaySpring Episcopal Retreat Center.

Barbara has served for nearly eight years as the Chaplain to the Community of Spouses/Partners of the House of Bishops.  In the past, she has taught at Bexley Hall Seminary, served as Director of the Bexley Institute for the training of priests and deacons in local formation programs in several dioceses, and was the Bishop’s Canon for over 14 years in the Diocese of Western New York.  Barbara received her training in spiritual direction through St. Joseph Center for Spirituality.  She is the Director of Morningstar Ministries, which offers programs and retreats and she teaches in a broad range of areas including leadership and congregational development and the training of spiritual directors.

Contact diocesan office if you did not receive your invitation in the mail to update your mailing address.

Marcia Allison will be handling the registration this year, so send your RSVP or inquiries to m.allison0408@gmail.com.

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