Ministries Invited to JPIC Local Contacts Retreat

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STONEVILLE, N.C. — Sharing of best practices, training to care for creation, prayer and reflection, and a preview of future plans are just some of topics that awaiting participants of the Annual Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Local Contacts Retreat, June 27 to 29, at  St. Francis Springs Prayer Center here.

Each Province ministry is urged to send one representative from its JPIC ministry, usually the JPIC local contact. An alternative or another designee is also welcome, according to Russell Testa, Holy Name’s JPIC director.

The cost of the retreat is $75, including meals, board and materials. Transportation expenses are left to the ministry, but scholarships are available.

“This event promises to be an excellent opportunity to recharge your efforts for JPIC ministry and help with the 2008-9 planning of Provincial and local strategies for JPIC ministry. The retreat is just after the Chapter and will help move these strategies forward,” said Testa.

The retreat begins on Friday at 5:30 p.m., with refreshments, followed by 6:30 p.m. dinner. Opening prayer takes place at 8 p.m., and is followed by ministry sharing. Ministries are asked to discuss one item from the past year and one exciting plan for next year.

Saturday begins with 8 a.m. breakfast and morning prayer. Chapter 2008 JPIC priorities and visioning will be discussed, along with an integrity of creation exercise and reflection.

The retreat concludes Sunday, after a noon lunch. Prior to lunch, the group will set plans for 2008-09 and gather for Mass.

Participants may arrange with the Prayer Center to come early or stay late.

“I realize that a weekend away from ministry and family is a big sacrifice, but it is also important to take the time with one another to center ourselves for the work of justice, peace and the integrity of creation; we will do all we can to make it worth your time,” said Testa in an April 1 letter sent to friars and all ministry partners.

For more information, or details on travel, contact Testa at