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The Regina Caeli Hermitage has some exciting news to share! We want you to know that we are opening two of our prayer cabins for individual retreats. The cabins are named "Patience" and "Faithfulness" and each cabin has a special area designated as a prayer room. These prayer cabins are for tough and brave people because there is no electricity, running water, sewage, or kitchen stove in them! However, there is a heating wood stove that runs on pellets. The cabins are equipped with some rechargeable lanterns for lighting, and showers and restrooms are accessible at the Dome House where you can also access your water supply, unless you bring your own. You will need to bring food that is already prepared and ready to eat as there is no kitchen in these cabins. However, hot meals in thermoses can be provided by Gigi if you desire. In this simplistic and rustic environment you will experience the presence of the Lord in the silence and solitude, and this is "worth the price" - sólo Dios basta! (God alone suffices)! Please go to the "Individual Retreats" menu of our website to find the online booking for a retreat in one of these cabins and if you desire to have meals provided then check the appropriate box when making your reservation. We also have one other cabin named "Peace" that is still undergoing some updates and when they are completed it will also be available for a solitary wilderness retreat.
Other news concerning the RCH is that this summer there unfortunately will not be any novices residing at the RCH. Usually summertime is when the men in formation (to become a Brother of St. John) come to the RCH for two months to pray and spend time in discernment. This news saddens us so please join us in our prayer for vocations to our Community! Meanwhile, the RCH will remain available for group and individual retreats throughout the summer so check the website for available dates to book your retreat.
Lastly, please put these dates on your calendar:
Saturday, June 22, for the Annual Potluck Picnic
Saturday, August 24, to celebrate the Regina Caeli - Queen of Heaven Feast Day (this is the weekend nearest to the feast of Our Lady Queen of Heaven which is liturgically celebrated on August 22nd). This year we will have a Hog Roast Fundraiser event instead of our traditional Potluck, which may become an annual gathering of all the friends of the RCH, if it turns out to be a hit.
We will also have a Spring Volunteer Work Day, but the date of this event will be determined later on, depending on the snow-melt at the end of spring. We have been blessed with over 2 feet of snowfall in just January alone so our Spring workday might be closer to Summer! We'll keep you posted!
Please feel free to come and visit the Regina Caeli Hermitage, Tom and Gigi will be happy to welcome you and show you around!
Tom and Gigi Kaiser
Br. Francis of the Child Jesus