Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Impromptu Seder at Wisdom House

These are images of the impromptu Passover Seder Service led by Michele Weissman during the Diamond Heart Retreat on the first night of Passover, April 20, 2008.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

'Passport' Features Joy Brown

Click here to read an excellent article about sculptor Joy Brown, who will be one of our panelists at our Art and Spirituality Forum on April 27.

Art and Spirituality Forum -- Acceptance and Rejection: Tending the Spirit

We are looking forward to our Art and Spirituality Forum, which will be held on Sunday, April 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Artists will participate in a conversation about the role of acceptance and rejection in their lives and how they have grown spiritually through experiencing both. You'll find more information about each of the participants if you click on their names. Moderator: poet Susan Kinsolving. Panelists: actress Cady McClain, poet Davyne Verstandig, music director Tim Stella, sculptor Joy Brown, painter Florin Firimita. Reception follows. Please visit the Wisdom House website for more information.

Click here to watch a video clip from this event.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Come Walk the Labyrinth

During the mild weather, Wisdom House receives many visitors who come just to walk our 7-circuit labyrinth, which we dedicated in 1997 and rededicated last year.

If you're in Litchfield, we hope you'll stop by to do the same.

Photo: Jo-Ann Iannotti

Monday, April 7, 2008

Meet Sister Rosemarie

Sister Rosemarie Greco, DW, is Administrator of Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Sister Rosemarie first came to Litchfield to become a member of the Daughters of Wisdom. Her ministries since then have included education of adults in theology and spirituality. These took place in Long Island, New York, southern Colorado, and at the National Seminary of Uganda, East Africa.

Since 1990, Sister Rosemarie has offered volunteer service to the Litchfield area as a chaplain at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, member of the Town’s Board of Ethics, its Plan of Conservation and Development, and as board member of the Community Council of Northwest CT. She is also a member of the League of Women Voters, the Litchfield Area Business Association, and the Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce.

Sister Rosemarie’s pastoral work includes writing for some spirituality publications.

Sister Rosemarie’s studies have taken place at St. John’s University, NY, Marillac College, St. Louis, MO, Loyola University School of Music, LA. She holds an MA in Theology from Manhattan College, NY and an STL (Licentiate) in Theology from the University of Dayton and the Pontifical Marianum University.

A student of piano since childhood, she knows that practice and playing are sisters in the arts and in spirituality.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Meet Sister Jo-Ann

Sister Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP is a Dominican Sister of Hope who is presently Art and Spirituality Coordinator at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield.

Her ministries have included teaching at the elementary and secondary levels in New York and New Jersey. Since moving to Connecticut, she has been a reporter and photographer for The Catholic Transcript newspaper. She also has scripted programs for the Office of Radio and Television for the Archdiocese of Hartford. She also was Director of Religious Education at St.Ann Parish in Avon, CT.

She is a poet and photographer. Her poetry has appeared in national and international magazines. She has had one-woman shows of her photography in New York and Connecticut.

A native of Paterson, New Jersey, Sr. Jo-Ann holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York, and a Master’s degree in Theology from Fordham University, Bronx, New York. She lectures frequently on the 14th Century English mystic, Julian of Norwich, as well as on the inter-relationship between art and spirituality.

Reading Other Poets
When I sit in awe at the sound of
their words,
Listen to the journeys of
their hearts,
Walk in the richness of
their memories,
I know myself as thief.
I know the envy in
my heart
Wants, most of all,
to steal
their silence.

Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Meet Bonnie

Bonnie Mis, Guest Services Coordinator, plays a unique role in extending the ministry of hospitality at Wisdom House. She brings a variety of life experiences to her position. Bonnie began her career as a corporate trainer at Aetna Life & Casualty in Hartford, Connecticut. After relocating to Los Angeles, she worked for several years in Public Relations and personnel management. Upon her return to Connecticut, feeling that she would much prefer working in a non-corporate environment, she took a position as the Front Desk Supervisor/Membership Services at the Northwest YMCA. A summer job with the Northwest Connecticut Visitor’s Bureau initially introduced and ultimately lead her to Wisdom House.

Believing that “people are infinitely more interesting than products”, Bonnie feels that the non-traditional atmosphere of Wisdom House is a perfect setting for fostering group interaction and creativity. In her Guest Services position, she works with hosted groups to arrange lodging, food and meeting needs. She takes great care in making the process of planning and executing a meeting or event as personalized, comfortable and painless as possible for group leaders.

Bonnie holds a Bachelor of Science in Education/Communications from Central Connecticut State University. She had done post graduate work and holds several certificates in Hospitality Management and Communications. She continues to study yoga and is interested in other areas of holistic living.

Bonnie also has performed with several area bands, hosted a program with Hartford area public access TV and is a published freelance writer, and ski reporter. Her other interests include film, geography and travel, most outdoor pursuits and country western partner dancing.

Friday, April 4, 2008

About Wisdom House

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center invites you to an experience of peace and tranquility.

This former center of spiritual development for the community of Catholic sisters, the Daughters of Wisdom, provides an environment conducive to reflection and creative expression.

Wisdom House, an interfaith center, welcomes women and men who value seeking and learning in a contemplative environment. The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom of the United States Province. As a country retreat and conference center, Wisdom House includes four acres with buildings and spans 66 acres of meadows, woods, and brooks. Indoor and outdoor sanctuary areas and labyrinth encourage meditation, prayer, and creative thinking.

Meeting rooms provide a variety of settings for study, writing, or challenging interaction.

Sun porches call guests to sit in silence before a New England sunrise.

The Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery, located in the center, invites all who visit to experience the yearning of the human spirit through the art works on exhibit.
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