Academy Alumnae Retreat
By Dottie Watkins, Class of ’66
From Fall Review 2018
On an unusually warm fall weekend, Sept. 14 to 16, 2018, several members of the Class of ‘66 attended a class retreat facilitated by Sister Therese O’Grady, one of the former Benet Hill Academy teachers.
We began on Friday evening by catching up with our classmates over a delicious lasagna dinner and afterwards blessing the retreat space. Sister Therese led an intense discussion on spirituality and we continued long after she left for home.
On Saturday morning we felt more comfortable sharing our ideas and personal feelings and continued our sessions. Midday we broke for lunch and enjoyed a delicious meal with the sisters and continued reflective conversations among our classmates.
Saturday afternoon, Sister Therese shared information on Centering Prayer (leading to Contemplative Prayer) and how important it is to include it in our lives for a minimum of 20 minutes each morning and evening.
The retreat weekend concluded with Sunday Mass followed by Sister Lucile’s delicious cinnamon rolls, muffins, and coffee.
Alumnae Retreatants share their experience:
“Our retreat at Benet Hill was such a gift to ourselves! Spending quality time with classmates was meaningful and absolutely wonderful. We talked many times about doing this and I am so happy we finally did.” -Kathy (McLaughlin) Sharkey
“The retreat last weekend was ‘over the moon’. Absolutely everyone enjoyed it, benefitted and learned. We are wondering if we’ll have another next year.” -Ellen Depatie
“The retreat was a wonderful experience of sharing with my Benet Hill classmates. Through Sister Therese’s facilitation, we became closer and I hope we continue to pray and uphold each other.” -Linda (Erpelding) Allegre
“Our weekend together brought us closer to each other and Sister Therese was the perfect facilitator for our retreat.” -Theresa (Hurd) Davitch
“It’s amazing that after 52 years, our class still has so much in common despite us taking so many different paths in life. Most importantly though are the lessons on spirituality, love, and compassion we learned from our wonderful sisters at Benet Hill that seem to be abundantly present in all.” –Bonnie (Browne) Collazo
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Mary Messner Moser, Class of ‘76 for the loss of her mother, Patricia Messner.
Antoinette Gomez, Class of ‘74 for the loss of her father, Elffego Gomez, Jr.
Pam Jenness, Class of ‘78 for the loss of her mother, Marian Jenness.
Patty Drew Evans, Class of ‘70 and Mary Drew Houchin, Class of ‘73 for the loss of their brother, John Drew.
The community of Benet Hill Monastery cherishes its community songs!
Through word and music, composed by Sisters Mary Alice Guilfoil and Mary Susan Kros, the spirit of the community is captured. One song particularly reminds us of the thousands of Alumni, men and women whose lives were lovingly molded, minds creatively challenged and spirits lifted to an awareness of a loving Creator! When we sing the words: “From the far San Luis Valley, to the city one mile high, all through Colorado, we’ll live and love and die!” We are reminded of our students in Walsenburg, the San Luis Valley, Pueblo , Colorado Springs, Denver and throughout other counties in Colorado whose lives enriched our lives!
We continue to try to capture some of these experiences, particularly connecting with Benet Hill Academy, the students and events that will never be forgotten; our Spirituality Center where students forged a new path of faith formation that continues to impact lives and the numerous elementary schools and two secondary schools whose graduates recall and share their stories and wonderful experiences.
We want to keep in touch with our Alumni! Please fill out the Alumnae Information Form so that we may deliver news and updates to our previous students in a timely manner.
For more information on events, please call Sister Lucile Hartmann 719-633-0655, Ext. 118 or 719-355-1618. E-Mail: email@example.com