Diocesan Communications

Diocesan Communications (July)
Linda Morris                                                                                                             
  • Online registration available for 2017 Recovery Retreat in San Juan Bautista.  “Recovery – Sharing our Stories” is the theme for the 7th Annual Recovery Retreat on August 4-6 at the beautiful St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista. Online registration is now available at http://www.realepiscopal.org/event/7th-annual-recovery-retreat/?instance_id=443.  Those interested can also print and complete the registration form PDF. Mail forms to the Diocese of El Camino Real, PO Box 689, Salinas, CA 93902; they can also be faxed to 831-394-7133, or scanned and emailed to marybeth@realepiscopal.org.  Cost options include: $240 total weekend for shared room, $310 total for private room, $65 per day or $130 for all commuter costs (meals & materials)
  • Spiritual Care Volunteers Needed. The Episcopal Chaplaincy is looking for a few good people to apply to become spiritual care volunteers ministering to Episcopal patients at Stanford Hospital. Successful applicants will be invited to join in a series of three training classes (Mondays, September 11, 18, and 25 from 6:30 - 9 pm at Our Lady of the Rosary, 1350 Cowper Avenue, Palo Alto). Participating in each of the three classes -- as well as completing background screening, a TB test, online classes, and mentoring -- are required to successfully complete the free training program. Applications will be accepted up to 5 pm on September 1. Information on becoming a Spiritual Care volunteer can be found at https://episcochaplain.org/will-you-help-provide-spiritual-care-to-episcopal-patients-at-stanford-hospital/.
  • Silent Buddhist-Christian Retreat in July.  Registration is due by June 30 for the annual Five-Day Silent Buddhist-Christian Retreat, a popular event for members of El Camino Real. Offered by the Pacific Center for Spiritual Formation, it will be held at St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista from the afternoon of Sunday, July 23 through lunchtime on Friday July 28. Both Christian-Sourced and Buddhist practices are offered. The retreat provides an opportunity to integrate the practices from each tradition, perhaps recognizing the common path that Thomas Merton experienced when he explored Eastern meditation. Don’t hesitate to request a scholarship if cost is a barrier. Get more information and download a registration form at http://www.pacificcentersf.org/retreats-and-events#buddhist-and-christian-meditation.
  • Santa Lucia Campground in Big Sur is ready for summer.  Santa Lucia Campground & Chapel are open! We weathered the storms and are north of the demolished Pfeiffer bridge, so anyone coming from the north will be able to reach us. We apologize if you've had difficulty contacting us. We are still having telephone issues, so please reach out to caretaker@allsaintscarmel.org  to make your reservations. Want to get away? Need a spiritual retreat for yourself, your family, or a church group? Come on down and enjoy the peace and quiet. Make your reservations today!
  • Summer SSP Weekends Announced for High School & Middle School Students.  The high school dates are July 1 – July 9, while middle school dates are August 5 – August 13. For full details and deposit/registration see here http://www.realepiscopal.org/event/sierra-service-project-2017-smith-river-california/
  • The Good News Along the King’s Highway, the weekly format for diocesan news, comes in your email as Real Episcopal.  Subscribe to get issues in your Friday email at the bottom of the home page at http://realepiscopal.org/.  Please send news/photos about parish events to our new Communication Specialist, Elrond Lawrence, at elrond@realepiscopal.org.  The deadline is Wednesdays at 6 pm before the Friday issue date.

For more diocesan or deanery information, contact Linda Morris, St. Jude’s Diocesan Communications Liaison, at communications@saintjudes.org or 408-376-0593.  St. Jude’s website page for Diocesan and Episcopal news is at http://saintjudes.org/beyond-saint-judes.


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