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Retreat house envisioned

By James Buchok


WINNIPEG — A group at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Russell, Man., is working to establish a retreat house in a restored 1926 farmhouse to be known as Holy Trinity House.

Darin and Carlene Douglas say the vision for the space is one of “a means for encountering and experiencing the divine most Holy Trinity. A space to reside for prayer.”

Once a family home, the house sits on a treed farm yard located near Binscarth, Man., 20 km south of Russell.

Organizers describe the grounds’ winding wooded paths as places “providing time for prayer during contemplative walks. The freedom to be as we are in our circumstance of life, with our Lord in prayer. A home of hospitality, a quiet, safe, restful overnight accommodation, providing retreat and revitalization to people of all ages, individuals, families or groups. An atmosphere of simplicity, inspired through prayer and the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi, inviting in union with our Lord as the focus.”

Permission and blessings to proceed with the Holy Trinity House project have been granted by Archbishop of Winnipeg Richard Gagnon, Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak, and former Archbishop of Winnipeg, Rev. James Weisgerber.

Continuing discernment of the vision is moving forward with the advice and guidance of Rev. Norberto Monton, pastor at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Russell, and Rev. Leo Fernandes, pastor at Ste-Rose-de-Lima Church in Ste-Rose-du-Lac, Man.

The property was donated and the status of the retreat house is currently one of a non-profit corporation, in need of further renovation before officially opening. The Knights of Columbus from St. Lazare, Rossburn, Roblin and Russell have donated their time and effort to aid with renovation. Organizers say they welcome and appreciate individual or group volunteers.

Being ecumenical in nature, numerous other Christian denominations will be made aware of Holy Trinity House.

A board of directors has been formed with members Darin and Carlene Douglas and Gary and Nicole Petz, from St. Joseph the Worker Church, and committee members Rick and Patti Anderson from St. Augustine of Canterbury Church in Brandon. The board asks “for your prayers that our Lord God’s divine will continue to be done.”

For more information contact contact Darin or Carlene Douglas at 1-204-532-2157.

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