Advent Days of Reflection and Renewal

Advent Days of Reflection and Renewal

December 14-17, 2015


Advent can be the ideal time for busy vocation and formation ministers to slow down for much needed self-care and intensive prayer. This year, NRVC and the Religious Formation Conference (RFC) are collaborating to offer their members four days in the desert to focus on transformation and the journey of faith. The program will be held at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, AZ. Situated in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, it is a site that appeals to the nature lover and gently challenges city dwellers. Overnight accommodations include private room and bath as well as internet access and all meals. The retreat center is approximately 20 minutes by shuttle from the Tucson airport (TUC). For more information about the facility, go to: Please do not call the Redemptorist Renewal Center for reservations.

Due to low registration, this event has been cancelled.

If you would like to be present for a private retreat at this time, please call Sister Debbie, Director of Member Relations and Services at 773.363.5454 or email her at 


Learning to live and pray in joyful hope

This Advent retreat experience offers vocation and formation ministers opportunities to embrace spiritual practices characteristic of traditional Advent spirituality: waiting, accepting, anticipating, listening, heightened awareness, gratitude, silence, and pondering into the depths of the heart. These practices aid us along the way of our hurried lives and especially help us to slow down a bit during the hustle and bustle of the commercialized rush to Christmas. Our days of reflection and renewal will offer participants a needed pause that will refresh bodies, minds, and souls with inspiration that flows from the season’s scriptural readings, music, symbols, and rituals. Come join us as we pave the way for our hearts to wait in joyful hope to celebrate the wonder and peace of Christmas, not just for a day but the whole year long.



This program begins at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 14, and ends at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 17.



Sister Addie Lorraine Walker, S.S.N.D., Ph.D. has been a School Sister of Notre Dame for over 30 years. She served as provincial leader of the Dallas Province of S.S.N.D. for nine years. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and founder and director of the Sankofa Institute for African American Pastoral Leadership at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX. Sister Addie Lorraine earned a Ph.D. in religion and education from Boston College in 1996, and now ministers as pastoral and practical theologian in university, high school, and parish settings and formation programs and retreats for religious congregations. She recently was a contributing author of Power of Sisterhood: Women Religious Tell the Story of the Apostolic Visitation.


Program fees

Fees include three meals, materials, speaker, and facility fee. Resident: $675 – NRVC or RFC member. Room reservations are for 3 nights with a check-in on Monday, December 14 and a check out by 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 17. 


Just the opportunity to take the time to pause and breathe intentionally…and in community with other vocation ministers. I hope NRVC will keep programs like this to tend to our spiritual needs.

Sister Maria Brizuela, O.S.F.

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