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 23, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
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Tuesday, April 8, 2008
If you're in Litchfield, we hope you'll stop by to do the same.
Photo: Jo-Ann Iannotti
Monday, April 7, 2008
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
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
Listen to the journeys of
Walk in the richness of
I know myself as thief.
I know the envy in
Wants, most of all,
Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP
Saturday, April 5, 2008
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
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.