The Episcopal Diocese
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Episcopal Church Women’s Annual Mary Lou Thompson Retreat

August 19, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - August 21, 2022 @ 1:00 pm PDT

$75 – $390

August 19-21, 2022

The title of the presentation of this year’s retreat is:
“Reconciliation and Creating Community”

How have these past few COVID years yielded moments of reconciliation? What or whom are we reconciled with? How have recent current events stirred you to consider the necessity of reconciliation? What would it take to change our attitudes regarding our fellow humans in these days of war in Eastern Europe and children all over the world being randomly assaulted? How can we come into community with a sense of belonging and trust? Can we create such a community in our churches, homes, communities?

Join the Episcopal church women and Rev. Mary Lou McKinney, our retreat leader this year, for a time of reflection, conversation, and prayer to address some of these topics so pertinent to our lives right now. This year’s retreat is extended to three days for added rest and rejuvenation. You can arrive on August 19 any time after 2:00 PM. The retreat program begins at 4:00 PM with refreshments and social time. It ends on August 21 at 1:00 PM.

The cost for this two day retreat, which includes overnight accommodations for two nights and 6 meals is:
$195.00 per night for a private room ($390.00 for the weekend )
$155.00 per person for a shared room ($310.00 for the weekend )
$75.00 per day for Commuter. Meals provided. ($150.00 for the weekend if you attend all days.)
Partial scholarships are available.

Please register by August 5, 2022. Indicate your preferences by sending an RSVP email the following questions to

email address
Phone number
Home church
Room preference: single, shared, or commuter (shared rooms have two single beds and a bath)
Dietary considerations. The retreat meals at St.Francis are delicious and applicable to meat or vegetarian preferences. If you have special foods along with you, there is a guest refrigerator in the dining area.
Handicapped concerns: There is wheelchair access to all buildings, and a golf cart ride to the dining hall from the Fireside Room if necessary.

Send your check and room preference information to: Marge Smith at 2528 Sierra Monte Way, San Jose, CA 95116. Check payable to the Episcopal Church Women. Please indicate your room preference or commuter rate in the memo line.

Anyone coming onto the retreat facility will need to show proof of a recent COVID vaccination. Masks are required for indoors, but we will be meeting out-of-doors as much as possible. Dining will be indoors, but there will be some seating outside.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Donna Seelbach at or 831-535-9919.


August 19, 2022 @ 2:00 pm PDT
August 21, 2022 @ 1:00 pm PDT
$75 – $390


Donna Seelbach


Saint Francis Retreat Center
549 Mission Vineyard
San Juan Bautista, CA United States
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