St. Mary's Residence, Battleford: Retreats, Missions and Workshops

Fr. Douglas Jeffrey, OMI (Oblate of Mary Immaculate) is offering a series of one or two day retreats, missions and workshops at St. Mary’s Residence in Battleford and parishes in our Diocese.  St. Mary’s Residence contact information: 306-937-2355 or oblates4@sasktel.net or visit their website: www.oblatehillbattleford.com

Programs to be offered at St. Mary's Residence or beyond by Doug Jeffrey, OMI:
I was ordained in 1983 and have served the Church as pastor (Urban, Rural, First Nations faith communities), as Spiritual Director and as Speaker (Parish Missions, Workshops and Retreats) and I have served the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the areas of Formation (Vocation/Pre-Novitiate Director, Superior of our Scholasticate), Community Leadership (Consultor, Vicar-Provincial and Provincial). 

  • May 21 - 10:00 am-2:30 pm - The Cross and Oraison: Elements of the Spirituality of St. Eugene De Mazenod.On December 3, 1995 Eugene De Mazenod was named a saint by and for the Universal Church. As a Missionary Oblate I was delighted. The writings of St. Eugene are rich in their ability to instruct and encourage. Today we will look at his understanding of the Cross and the practice of orasion and how it is that they shaped St. Eugene’s missionary spirituality.

    May 21 - 7:00 pm-8:30 pm - St. Eugene De Mazenod: A Word of Hope for the Weary. St. Eugene had a special love for the poor. Today our Oblate community continues that tradition and in our official documents we highlight the need to be attentive to those who struggle to nourish hope. This evening will look briefly at how the Oblate vision nurtures hope in our world today.

Prayer and Spirituality – Prayer in Sacred Scripture, Praying with Sacred Scripture, Lectio Divina, Meditation, Praying with the Body, Spiritual practices of St Ignatius, Spirituality of St Eugene de Mazenod (Oraison/Cross), Spirituality and Life of Thomas Merton, Silence and Solitude in Christian tradition (Writings and Practice), Silence - A practice for seeing clearly, Listening - Skills for Listening, Discernment/Decision making – some "how to's" (Elizabeth Liebert)

Liturgy - The Divine Office, Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick; Liturgical Year/Lectionary, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter Triduum, Easter Season, Ordinary Time, Ideas for celebrating Advent in the parish, The Paschal Mystery

Consecrated Life Today including themes such as Diminishment, Hope, New Life, New Needs Need New Responses and The Place of Consecrated Life Within The Church

Faith Development - Vatican II documents – Liturgy, Church, Laity, Ecumenism, Word of God; Healing – History, Self Image, Body; Grief and Loss; Images of God - The Trinity, Holy Spirit, Jesus; Transitions – Mid-Life, Dealing with Change; Stages of Faith (Fowler); 

Sacred Scripture - Characters – Paul, Peter, Mary, Jeremiah, Amos, Isaiah, Job, Jesus, Woman at the Well, Prodigal Father/Son, Praying with the Psalms, The Prophets

Evangelization - Evangelization In the writings of Paul VI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI; The work of Evangelization through the eyes of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate; Joy of the Gospel – An overview and some challenges; Ministry - What is it? Models of Ministry, What is Evangelization and How do I do it? (On Good Soil); Christian Unity 

Marian Themes and Feast Days – Mother of God, Mother of the Church, The Rosary, The Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Guadalupe - Background information and the apparition, Birth of Mary, the Assumption of Mary, Queenship of Mary

Others - Pastoral Councils – tasks, planning, visioning, working together; Marriage Preparation, Marriage Enrichment; Leadership - Developing Leadership Skills; Developing Vision and Mission Statements and Strategies.

Spiritual Direction: I am available for people who are seeking a Spiritual Director. I have been a Spiritual Director for over 30 years and have accompanied men and women in formation, professed religious and lay people.

Three types of programs: 

  1. An evening program - 7:30 - 8:30 pm. The evening program will take place on the same day week after week when I am at the Residence.

  2. A day program - 10:00 am - 2:30 pm with lunch included (soup and sandwich). The day program will take place on the same day each week when I at the Residence.

  3. A weekend program run from Fri. 7:00 pm to Sat 4:00 pm (Friday 7 - 9:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm) This would include a breakfast and lunch for those who stay over night and just a lunch for those who commute. 

St. Mary's Residence is limited to a maximum of 10 participants.

Lay people, religious and priests are welcome to come to St. Mary's Residence for personal retreat days depending on availability and needs. Simple meals are available with our Oblate community. Specific dietary needs may or may not be able to be accommodated.

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.....John 14:1