Mark your calendars! August 9-11, 2019 Notre Dame Retreat House near Canandaigua Lake NY (this photo was taken from our retreat location!)  Check back to this link for any updates. OCDS members from any OCDS community  from any Province may register. So, if you are an OCDS and are going to be in western New York State during this weekend, come join us!

CLICK HERE for the OFFICIAL REGISTRATION FORM and Retreat Flyer which you can print out to mail in. Your cancelled check is your receipt for the retreat payment. 


August 9-11, 2019

Notre Dame Retreat House
5151 Foster Road
Canandaigua, NY 14424

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Arrival time for Friday, Aug 9 is 3:00 pm


We are pleased to announce that also attending our retreat will be our Provincial Regional Assistant for the Northeast – Fr. Leonard Copeland, O.C.D.

Fr Leonard will meet with each community separately for 45 minutes on Saturday afternoon. As we have not had contact with a provincial friar in this manner in many years, he would like to touch base with us in an informal setting to discuss ways to enrich and empower lay Carmelites in their vocation. The notion of building community is a responsibility of each of us. The overall welfare of our communities is our concern and the province’s concern. He would like to get a finger on the pulse of our communities to check our health and discuss ways we can build community as Carmelites.

In this light, Fr. Leonard is asking each community to bring the following with them for their meeting with him:

  •     Copy of the schedule that is followed for the monthly meeting.
  •        Copy of the financial report for 2018.
  •        Copy of the financial report for this year thru June, 2019.
  •        Copy of the syllabus for the on going education program and for initial formation.
  •        Copy of a current membership rooster.
  •        Copy of any policies, procedure or practices unique to their community.

This would be very helpful for him in getting a sense of the communities and our planning for the future.

Please Bring to the retreat:
* alarm clock
* Scapular
* Rosary
* pen/pencil
* cash tip for wait staff (Whatever you’d like to contribute)
* an open heart to the Holy Spirit

Complete texts for Liturgy of the Hours will be provided in your retreat book.

If you are accustomed to praying certain prayers after Mass, please bring them for your own private/silent devotion as there are no prayers printed in the retreat booklet.

St._Teresa_Benedicta_Carmelite Feast Day
Friday, August 9 — 
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, virgin and martyr

Notre Dame Retreat House
5151 Foster Road
Canandaigua, NY 14424

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