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Poetry of Longing: Lives of Direction & Purpose Retreat


Longing is at the heart of the spiritual journey, giving it direction and purpose, evidence of God’s gift of grace alive in us. This retreat affirms our holy longings to be known, for relationship, security, respect, meaning, joy, peace, and more. Selections of poetry (e.g., Lucille Clifton, Howard Thurman, Rumi, Tagore, Mirabai, Hafiz, Baldwin, and Mary Oliver) will reveal the fruits of setting our hearts on union with God. Come for a time of quiet listening to the still small voice of God, whispering your life’s direction and purpose.

The Rev. Dr. Mark Bozzuti-Jones at TRC

The Rev. Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones is priest and Executive Director for Spiritual Formation at Trinity Retreat Center. A former Jesuit priest from Jamaica, Mark has missionary experience in Belize, Brazil, and Guyana and is an award-winning author.  He believes that prayer, silence, and rest deepen our connection to God and fosters an environment suited to prayer, silence, meditation, rest, and reveling in the beauty of nature.

Kathy Bozzuti-Jones headshot

Dr. Kathy Bozzuti-Jones, PhD, is Trinity’s Associate Director for Spiritual Practices, Retreats and Pilgrimage. She is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and faith formation specialist with training in Theological Social Ethics, Christian spiritual direction, and interfaith spiritual counseling and supervision. Kathy is a also a certified mindfulness meditation teacher.

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