Bread for the Journey 
Made *Blessed*Broken*Shared 

What to expect on this Retreat

July 30 - August 1, 2021 at Daylesford Abbey Spirituality Center
Paoli, Pennsylvania

5th Annual LGBTQ+ Catholics, Families, and Friends Retreat Weekend

In-Person Registration - $225
*Includes single room, bedding/linens, meals and all materials for the weekend.

Virtual Retreat Registration - $75
* Access live stream of presenter's workshops, panel, and final liturgy with the opportunity to participate in small group sharing with other online participants.

**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no Commuter Rate and all in-person participants should restrict unnecessary travel in/out of the retreat center. Please find a detailed list of the COVID-19 protocols for this retreat below. 


Each year the MSJC LGBT Initiative’s Retreat Committee plans and presents a weekend retreat for LGBTQ+ persons, their families, and allies. It is filled with opportunities for spiritual renewal, teachings of the faith, and time for building community, faith sharing, and fellowship; all with the LGBTQ+person in mind. This year’s theme, Bread for the Journey: Made* Blessed* Broken* Shared, will give us an opportunity to see how members of the LGBTQ+ community have experienced Church in their day to day lives: from their creation to the sanctity of life, through the reality of struggles and pain, and finally in recognition of our call to live the Gospel as members of the Body of Christ. We are thrilled to have Dr. Craig Ford as our keynote presenter as he imparts his wisdom of the intersection of sexuality and spirituality on each of us. We’re excited to have you join us for this grace (and fun) filled weekend!

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Our Retreat Presenter 

Dr. Craig Ford, Jr. joined the faculty at St. Norbert College located in De Pere, Wisconsin in August 2019. A moral theologian, Professor Ford writes at the intersection of the Catholic moral tradition, queer theory and critical race theory, with a particular interest in reclaiming an epistemology of pleasure in the discernment of the natural law. A scholar-activist, Professor Ford is a sought-out speaker for sexuality and racial justice workshops and seminars, and his current book project seeks to articulate a new theology of sex and gender for the Roman Catholic tradition. Professor Ford looks forward to working with students whose research projects engage Catholic and other Christian traditions as critical resources for continuing to reflect upon questions of gender, race, sexuality and social justice – both historically and for the future.

• Center ensures a 24-hour vacancy of the facility from the time it is cleaned before another retreat occupies the space.
• Hand sanitizing soap, hand sanitizing stations, and wipes will be provided throughout facility.
• Staff persons will be present during the weekend to ensure facilities, including restrooms, are cleaned and tended to.
• A volunteer nurse will be on premises.
• 5 or 6 people would be sharing a hall bath. We would be responsible for self-regulating the timing of use of bathrooms. Bathrooms will be cleaned prior to our arrival.
• In order to attend, participants must have either received COVID vaccine or have been tested at least 7 days prior to retreat (negative test).
• Temperature check on site.
• Wearing masks required.
• Proper physical spacing.
• No commuters allowed.
• All participants must do home health screening.
• Link to the Abbey's pandemic policy:

COVID-19 Protocols 

Daylseford Abbey Spirituality Center 

The Daylesford Abbey Spirituality Center is an oasis of peace in the lovely Chester County countryside of Paoli, Pennsylvania. Its scenic 80-acre grounds add a new spiritual dimension to your retreat or event experience.

Filled with Stations of the Crosswalks, outdoor works of art, holy shrines, a pond, a springhouse, and more, the estate is a woodland sanctuary that inspires deep reflection. Its quiet, comfortable lodging facilities feature both single dorm-style rooms and double occupancy rooms. The expansive building contains the Main Church, two Chapels, five conference rooms, a private dining room serviced by a professional chef, and The Abbot Killeen Library with multiple computers.

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