Mary C. Earle, a professor of Spirituality, author, speaker, and spiritual director, will visit Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville to present a program on the women who retreated to the desert at the dawn of Christianity. We will explore the writings and spiritual practices of the women who became the Desert Mothers as we reflect on how to apply those practices in these modern times.
Renowned theologian and Episcopal Priest, Mary c. Earle will return to Grace Church of West Feliciana to lead another riveting Lenten retreat. Throughout the day, Rev'd Eale will lead us through reflections and prayeres from her book The Desert Mothers: Spiritual Practices from the Women of the Wilderness. At the dawn of Christianity, holy women went into the deserts of northern Egypt to devote themselves to lives of prayer. Almost forgotten in today's contemporary society, now The Desert Mothers provide you with the writings of these holy women and apply their spiritual practices to modern day life. Each chapter contains a summary of the spiritual practice and a closing prayer, making it a useful tool in your devotional practice. This event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Church. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. We will also have copies of The Rev. Mary C. Earle's books for sale.
Presenter: The Rev. Mary C. Earle
Mary C. Earle is an Episcopal priest, poet, author, spiritual director and retreat leader. Until her retirement, she taught classes in spirituality for the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Mary has authored nine books; the subjects include the spirituality of living with illness, rule of life, Celtic Christian spirituality, the Desert Mothers, and Julian of Norwich. Mary has offered presentations and retreats in a variety of ecumenical settings, including conferences of the Academy for Spiritual Formation, Oblate School of Theology, Spiritual Directors International, the International Thomas Merton Society and hospice organizations. She and her husband Doug live in San Antonio. She was included in the Living Spiritual Teachers project of Spirituality and Practice. Her website is www.marycearle.com.