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Capturing Joys and Sorrows Mingled
A Guided Autobiography Weekend Retreat
with Liz Dossa and Sr. Joan Marie O'Donnell, RSM

August 17-19, 2018
Begins Friday with dinner at 6:00pm
Concludes Sunday at 11:30 am

Registration is now closed

"This is your life, joys and sorrow mingled, one succeeding the other." Catherine McAuley

Guided Autobiography provides a structure that enables you to begin to capture your our joys and sorrows in writing. The weekend is an invitation to write, reflect and share. Both those new to Guided Autobiography and those who have attended previous sessions are welcome.





  •  Respond in writing to themes which help us gather memories
  •  Enjoy quiet time to reflect on the stories in our lives
  •  Share in a supportive small group as we are comfortable
  •  Listen responsively to others' stories
  •  Participate in reflective prayer



Liz Dossa is a certified Guided Autobiography instructor and has led Guided Autobiography at Mercy Center and at Marian Oaks Life Center. She has worked in public relations and communications for the Sisters of Mercy for 20 years. A former English teacher, she has always been fascinated by people's life stories.

For more information about Liz and work with Guided Autobiography, visit her website:

Sr. Joan Marie O'Donnell, RSM has guided a variety of retreats/programs that explore the sacred journey. A participant in Guided Autobiography, she has taught English at both Mercy High Schools and has a special interest in helping people reflect on graced moments of their lives and realize their gifts.





What I liked most about the Guided Autobiography class was getting to know and share with the other members, allowing me to open my heart to the story I have lived.

What I liked most about the class was the openness, the non-judgmental, safe environment, the participants, the leader! Just about everything!

Guided Autobiography changed how I felt about some of my experiences, because I could see them as part of a larger whole instead of as isolated events.




Overnight registration includes:

  •  Single bedrooms; dormitory-style bathrooms; kitchenette on each floor
  •  Locally-sourced fresh produce, soups, salad, vegetarian and meat entrees
  •  Guests are welcome to bring foods to supplement our meal service
  •  We cannot provide all-vegan or special dietary menus



Space for this retreat is full and registration is now closed.





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