Remembering, Seeing, Hoping: An Ecumenical Advent Retreat

 — Nov. 12, 201012 nov. 2010

Remembering, Seeing, Hoping: An Ecumenical Advent Retreat with Bishop Donald Bolen
Queen’s House of Retreat and Renewal, 601 Taylor Street, Saskatoon
Friday November 26, 2010 to Sunday November 28, 2010
To register call 306-242-1916, or register online at

Advent is a season which awakens our memory: memory of God’s coming among us as a people, memory of God’s action in our own lives. Memory taps us into the depths of our being; as William Faulkner writes: “Memory believes before knowing remembers, believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.” It is also a season when we focus liturgically on the writings of the prophets, and on the call to be a people of justice. It invites us to see the present as it is, and to respond with justice and mercy to those most in need. Finally, and most fundamentally, Advent reminds us that we live in the presence of a promise. With Mary, we are attentive to that which God is doing within us; we are invited to live with a spirit of joyful expectation, invited to be a people of hope. The weekend retreat will offer and invite reflection on remembering, seeing, hoping, in preparation for the celebration of the incarnation.

Bishop Donald Bolen, was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan in 1991. He was consecrated as the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Saskatoon on March 25, 2O1O. In 1997 Bishop Bolen taught at Campion College, in the University of Regina’s Department of Religious Studies, teaching courses in Christology, Contemporary Christianity, Ecumenical Relations, and Introduction to World Religions. In 2OO1 Bishop Bolen was assigned to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome as the Vatican’s officer for relations with the Anglican Communion and the World Methodist Council. In this capacity he was the co-secretary of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), the Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) and the Joint International Commission for Dialogue Between the World Methodist Council and the Roman Catholic Church. From 2OO4 to 2OO8, he also co-chaired the international commission responsible for preparing texts for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Bishop Bolen has written numerous articles in the field of ecumenical relations, and is the co-editor (with Gregory Cameron) of Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ – the Text with Commentaries and Study Guide, (London: Continuum, 2OO6). Bolen has delivered lectures on ecumenical relations in Canada, the United States, England, Italy and Australia.

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