by Frank Flegel
The fall colors of the Moose Jaw River Valley below the Wood Acres Retreat Centre highlighted the Centre as a fit setting for the first ever ecumenical retreat that brought together staff from the Regina Roman Catholic Archdiocese and the Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle.
The idea for the retreat came out of a discussion between two bishops, Archbishop Donald Bolen of the Regina Roman Catholic Archdiocese and Anglican Qu’Appelle Diocese Bishop Robert Hardwick about more things they could do together. Both said staff in their offices have similar ministries and the discussion centered on what could be done together. Out of that came the suggestion for the joint retreat.
The retreat was organized with staff from both diocese, Archdeacon Catherine Harper from the Qu’Appelle Diocese and Susan Klein from the Regina Archdiocese. Archdeacon Catherine Harper led the retreat with its titled two themes: Renovation of the Heart and Rule of Life.