Alumni Reunion Retreat: Our Call to Personal and Global Transformation
In the midst of our violent and hurting world we will explore how God ever invites us to new possibilities and to believe in our potential to make a difference. Through Scripture and contemporary stories, we will explore how we are called to recognize and nurture God’s presence in our world and in ourselves. – Edwina Gately
Welcome and Opening Prayer
Session I – Personal Transformation
Personal Prayer Time
Session II – Global Transformation
Cocktail Hour and Dinner
Presenter: Edwina Gateley, MDiv ’81
Born in Lancaster, England, Edwina Gateley’s educational experiences include teaching certification in the United Kingdom, an MA in Theology from Catholic Theological Union and certification as an HIV Counselor in the State of Illinois. After a year on the streets of Chicago walking with those suffering from homelessness and women involved in prostitution, Edwina founded Genesis House. Since then, she has received sixteen international awards for her ministries, received accolades from Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Former President Bill Clinton, and others. Edwina and her ministry has been featured on both CBS’s “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours.” Edwina’s ministry continues with her work as founder of the Volunteer Ministry Movement (VMM) in the UK and US, that has sent over 3,000 women and men to serve in 26 countries throughout the world; as well as her small foundation Sophia’s Circle that focuses on women in recovery.
Presider: Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM
Gil Ostdiek, OFM, a founding faculty member of Catholic Theological Union, is currently Professor of Liturgy there. He was the founding director of the Institute for Liturgical Consultants. Gil has conducted numerous adult education workshops on liturgy and was a frequent presenter at the Form/Reform Conferences. A past-president of the North American Academy of Liturgy, he has received awards for his work in liturgy from that Academy, the Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy, and the Georgetown Center for Liturgy. His publications include the award-winning Mystagogy of the Eucharist: A Resource for Faith Formation (Liturgical Press, 2015).