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In the Beginning: A New Year's Retreat

January 6-9, 2022

In the Beginning: A New Year's Retreat

As we stand on the threshold of a new year, we are at the beginning. 

In The Beginning invites us to return to the story where everything started: the seven days of creation. Beginning the New Year with the first words of Scripture allows us to return to our roots while asking our deepest questions:

How is God leading us to live in the world? 

What love and work will fill our days? 

Where is God calling us to create anew? 

Starting on the Feast of Epiphany, we will enter into a time of prayer and reflection together as we begin the New Year. This holy season of light can illuminate our questions and invite each of us to create in our own lives.

Every human made in the image of God is called to create. If you wonder what this means for you, In The Beginning is the perfect place to dive into the story of creation we all share.

Whether you feel creative by nature or simply want to start the new year with a spiritual boost, the story of Genesis asks each of us to reflect on our own lives. Far from a simple story, the seven days of creation offer a fruitful framework for our own callings.

In The Beginning is a virtual retreat, coming to you in the comfort and convenience of your own home. We’ll gather on Zoom each day during the retreat and spend time in prayer outside the group sessions. 

The companion e-book will give you a complete retreat guide: prayer, Scripture, reflection questions, and creative ways to pray in the New Year. 

Join us on January 6-9, 2022, to celebrate creation and creativity together.

May the light of Epiphany and the hope of New Year’s be yours as we begin.

 

Who is the retreat for?

In The Beginning is for you if:

  • You are weary after a long year and need hope
  • You love starting the New Year with prayer and intention
  • You create in everyday ways—working, parenting, cooking, gardening, etc.—but have never considered this “creative”
  • You are drawn to art, writing, or music and want to reflect on spirituality & creativity
  • You want to make a retreat but can’t do an in-person retreat right now
  • You’ve ever glazed over Genesis and want to go deeper

The retreat will offer large group presentations, optional small group conversations, and ideas for creative ways to pray and reflect on your own throughout the retreat days. 

 

How does the retreat work?

The retreat will run from January 6-9, 2022.

We’ll gather on Zoom for 4 one-hour sessions of presentation, prayer, and reflection:

Session 1: 7:00 pm CDT, Thursday, Jan. 6th  

Session 2: 7:00 pm CDT, Friday, Jan. 7th 

Session 3: 3:00 pm CDT, Saturday, Jan. 8th 

Session 4: 3:00 pm CDT, Sunday, Jan. 9th 

Each day of the retreat, we’ll dive into the days of creation, discovering the inspiration they offer for our own lives and creativity, and go forth with questions to ponder in prayer. 

Participants will have the chance to join small group discussion for 30 minutes following each large group session—often the heart of our virtual retreats but always optional!

Zoom links will be sent to participants via email, and all sessions will be recorded if you’re unable to join live (or simply want to listen again). 

In The Beginning includes an e-book that will guide you through the retreat and give you resources to keep reflecting:

  • tips for making an at-home retreat
  • Scripture, prayers, reflection questions, and creative ways to pray
  • space for journaling or drawing/painting

This retreat is designed to fit your life. You can watch the recorded live sessions later according to your needs, and spend each day in reflection and prayer whenever it fits your schedule. 

Together we’ll create time and space set apart to encounter God. In The Beginning will meet you right where you are, at the start of a new season.

Feedback from Retreat Participants

"This retreat was life-changing for me. From the first night, my eyes were opened to a new way of looking at things I had struggled with for years. Laura, your honesty, your insights and your humor have helped me navigate this difficult year and feel inspired about what God has in store for me next."

"Having the retreat stretched out over four days and in between daily responsibilities was a gift to me. It gave me time for reflection (both conscious and unconscious) as well as immediate connection to my daily life. In addition, I'm so grateful you added in the small group discussion. It was a piece of what made the retreat so rich for me."

"I was so surprised how intimate and 'in person' the zoom retreat was. While there would be benefits to in-person, I also loved that the virtual format reached more people and allowed for the participation of kids, etc."

"I loved this retreat. The guidebook was very helpful to me, and the option of being able to access the retreat on your own schedule and go back to repeat sessions is so helpful for those of us whose schedules might be irregular. So looking forward to the next retreat!"

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Grieving Together by Laura Kelly Fanucci & Franco David Fanucci

Grieving Together is a godsend for anyone grieving the loss of a pregnancy. It’s written with clarity, sensitivity, and compassion, and is equally accessible to women and men. Losing a pregnancy can feel like wandering through the wilderness, but this book is an invaluable guide and the Fanuccis are the wisest and most encouraging of fellow travelers. It’s not a stretch to say that lives will be changed by this beautiful, much-needed book.” 

— Ginny Kubitz Moyer

Author of Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with Our Five Senses and Random MOMents of Grace: Experiencing God in the Adventures of Motherhood
To Bless Our Callings by Laura Kelly Fanucci

"Laura Fanucci’s book To Bless Our Callings  is a theological, spiritual, and liturgical gem. Filled with insight into how callings relate to the stages of life, paid and unpaid work and the professions, and the liturgical year, it provides a comprehensive and eminently usable resource for pastors, religious leaders, and anyone who wants to relate their faith to every aspect of human life."

— Douglas Schuurman

Professor of Religion at St. Olaf College and author of Vocation: Discerning Our Callings in Life
Everyday Sacrament by Laura Kelly Fanucci

"With heart, honesty and humor, Laura Kelly Fanucci’s offering of a peek into her quest for God in the midst of the craziness of parenting will help inspire you along your own path to God. Full of tender moments and truth, Everyday Sacrament is a book that every Catholic who ever lived in a family will appreciate."

– Lisa M. Hendey

Founder of CatholicMom.com and author of The Grace of Yes

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