Recovery Ministry of the Diocese of the Rio Grande, in conjunction with the Diocese of Navajoland, are pleased to sponsor the 2014 Serenity Retreat July 25-27 at The Bosque Center in Albuquerque, the Diocesan conference center. The retreat is for those who are in or interested in12 Step recovery programs for addiction and substance abuse, and I hope you will distribute information about the weekend to those in your congregation and others who may be interested in participating.
We will begin Friday evening, July 25, and end by noon on Sunday, July 27. The fees include two nights lodging and five meals at The Bosque Center, and we have been given a rate of $125 which includes one of two nights lodging at no charge. Those who live nearby may register as commuters for $85 and save the cost of lodging.
Checks for fees should be made payable to The Bosque Center and completed registrations sent there as well.
We are especially grateful to have as our retreat leader this year Fr. Bill Wigmore, an Episcopal priest who has worked in the addiction and treatment field for over 40 years, and has written extensively on 12 Step spirituality and early AA history. He presents workshops and retreats throughout the U.S. and writes frequent columns for Recovery Today. In 2008 he received the Wheelock Whitney Award given annually by the prestigious Johnson Institute in Washington D.C. to a person ‘who has advanced the understanding of faith and science in addiction and recovery.’ Now retired, Fr. Wigmore lives in Austin, TX and serves as the Chair of Recovery Ministries for the Diocese of Texas.
The program he brings us, Conscious Contact with God, is an 11th step workshop that traces the spiritual principles of Alcoholics Anonymous back to the Oxford Group roots: a life-changing program centered on a daily meditation practice they called Quiet Time.
If you have questions about the retreat please contact Fr. Tom Gray, Chair of Recovery Ministry, at 575.302-3283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the Serenity Retreat and those who participate in it in your prayers, and know that we are grateful for your support and encouragement.