Upcoming Retreats at St. Mary’s Sewanee

St. Mary’s Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development is pleased to announce three new retreats this spring: Lectio Divina: A Three-Day Lenten Retreat, Dream Care Introductory Workshop, and Aging with Courage and Grace. Lectio Divina, which means “divine reading,” is a contemplative way to approach Scripture. Led by Tom Ward, this three-day retreat March… Read More »

The Rev. Regan Schutz Joins St. Mary’s Sewanee Staff

St. Mary’s Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development is pleased to announce that the Rev. Regan M. Schutz is joining the retreat center as Director of Programming. “Regan brings tremendous energy, talents, and experience to St. Mary’s Sewanee that will benefit everyone who comes to the retreat center,” said the Rev’d Dr. Andy Anderson,… Read More »

Aging with Courage & Grace at St. Mary’s Sewanee

St. Mary’s Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development is pleased to announce a retreat in April entitled, Aging with Courage and Grace: A Journey Toward Wholeness, April 5-7.   “ Aging presents people with an accelerated curriculum on change and a deep spiritual dive into the paradoxes of loss, transition, and renewal. It invites… Read More »

How am I to enter Lent today…

As Kingfishers Catch Fire As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;As tumbled over rim in roundy wellsStones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’sBow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;Selves — goes itself; myself it… Read More »

Parsley Set to Lead Literature Retreat

The spirituality of creation will be the focus of a retreat March 15-17 at St. Mary’s Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development. The retreat will be led by the Rt. Rev. Henry N. Parsley, Jr., retired bishop of Atlanta and an alumnus of the University of the South. “Works of poetry, fiction, and science… Read More »

October Newsletter Remembers Bob Ayres

To read the entire newsletter, click here:  OCTOBER 2018 NEWSLETTER At sunset on October 27, we celebrated Bob Ayres’ life and faith along with his immense contributions to St. Mary’s Sewanee through the decades. Watching the fiery orb sinking into the horizon was Bob’s favorite time on New Hope Bluff. And it has become mine, as well. Witnessing the daily rhythm… Read More »

Fr. Thomas Keating :: March 7, 1923 – October 25, 2018

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the death of Fr. Thomas Keating on October 25, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts. The following message is from Contemplative Outreach: Thomas was born in New York City in 1923 and remembers having an attraction to religious life from a young… Read More »

New Annual Report on 2017-18 Year at St. Mary’s Sewanee

Six Reasons to go on Retreat at St. Mary’s Sewanee

Why go on retreat? We could tell you, but listen to what our guests say in their evaluations about their experience at St. Mary’s Sewanee: I’m leaving here inspired. Thank you. You have a beautiful setting and there was such a wonderful flow to the weekend. The retreat leaders were sensitive, intentional, and deeply loving…. Read More »