Vesper Time--- And Now What?
April 27 - 28
In the monastic tradition, Vespers is the sixth Hour of pause by the monks for prayer. It is the time when the day is not yet done, but is drawing to a close. It is a time perhaps to consider the experiences of the day.
Just as the monks pause at various hours of the day for prayer and reflection, so we, at particular seasons or Hours of our lives, need to pause to pray and reflect upon our history: where we have been, where we are now, and consider the direction we are headed.
Whether we are 25 beginning a career and a family, 35 and making decisions about our profession, or 60, 70, and beyond considering retirement, it can be a valuable practice to examine our circumstance, monitor and adjust, or plot our future course.
Through our time together, we hope to provide a perspective through which to consider, whatever point in life you find yourself and perhaps ask What now? Where to from here? How can I best make this time in my life truly God's time.
Presenters: Kathleen and David Gruseck, married for 50 years, 3 adult children, 11 grandchildren.
- B.S. Nursing Ed.;
- Certified Spiritual Director and Retreat Master at Our Lady of Guadalupe Benedictine Abby, New Mexico;
- Given directed retreats and private retreats including the Annotated Ignatian Spiritual Exercises;
- Coordinated and functioned as part of a team for focused retreats over the past 27 years;
- Facilitated Bible Study groups for 30 years;
- Designed and directed a Marriage Mentoring program for engaged couples;
- Authored four books on spirituality and Catholic, Christian living (may be previewed on Amazon.com).
- B.A. Secondary Education, Post Master's Equivalency, University of Pittsburgh, Diaconate Studies through Saint Vincent College, Diocese of Pittsburgh;
- 33 Year career as Classroom Teacher, Coach, Administrator for Pittsburgh Board of Education and Diocese of Pittsburgh Elementary Schools;
- Ordained to the Permanent Diaconate 1999;
- Served the past nineteen years as a Permanent Deacon in Parishes in the Pittsburgh Diocese and in the Knoxville, Tennessee Diocese.