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The Infancy Narratives of Matthew: Virtual Advent Day of Prayer

December 1, 2020 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Central Time)
A Virtual Day of Reflection for Men & Women

Retreat Title: The Infancy Narratives of Matthew: Virtual Advent Day of Prayer

The Infancy narratives of Matthew are bursting with life's challenges and threats to life, and God's outreach to guide and protect in every circumstance. A star in the heavens, and dreams for the most just of men, Joseph, husband of Mary and for the fervent and faithful magi, all obedient to God's voice, these save Jesus, Son of David and Messiah King, from certain slaying. St. Joseph, obedient to the angel, immediately guides Mary and Jesus to seek asylum in Egypt where they will live as exiles until, grateful, the angel will counsel them it is safe to return, but with danger in Judea, to move to Galilee. What does the Lord wish us to hear about our own lives as we prepare for Christmas? Come join us and may the Holy Spirit be our own Guiding Star to experience right now the Jesus who comes to save us.

Update: This retreat is now a live virtual retreat offered via Zoom. The retreat will still be held from 9am - 3pm with optional small group sharing from 3-4pm.

Program Cost: $60.00

This retreat is currently at capacity or registration is closed. Please call the office at 847.381.1261 with questions.

Retreat Master:


Sr. Wendy Cotter, CSJ, PhD

Sr.  Wendy Cotter, CSJ, PhD  is a Sister of St. Joseph from London, Ontario, Canada and has been a full-time professor of New Testament in the Theology Department of Loyola University, and is now Emerita since her retirement last summer. After her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies, she was invited to serve on her Community’s Peruvian mission for two terms (four years). Upon her return, she began her graduate studies and received her PhD in New Testament from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, with a specialty in Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke), particularly the Gospel of Mark and pre-gospel material with a focus on miracle stories. Besides her articles and papers, she has published two books, The Miracles in  Greco Roman Antiquity (1999), and The Christ of the Miracle Stories: Portrait Through Encounter (2010). Throughout these years, Sister has been invited to offer Scripture workshops and parish missions as well as weekend and longer retreats. She considers these the greatest source of joy and grace.