Advent Retreat

For Chaplains, Healthcare Professionals and Those Seeking Enrichment

A Living Gospel: Reading God’s Story in Holy Lives
Advent Retreat for Chaplains, Healthcare Professionals and Those Seeking Enrichment

This is a 5 part retreat for healthcare professionals and chaplains. 

Provided by Fr. John Hopkins, focusing and reflection on the book A Living Gospel: Reading God’s Story in Holy Lives by Robert Ellsberg   

In his latest work, Robert Ellsberg, the author of many acclaimed works on the saints, looks on the “living gospel” that is written in human lives. From biographical reflections on traditional saints and spiritual masters (including Dorothy Day, Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, Flannery O’Connor, and Oscar Romero), he reflects on what it means to read the spiritual text that is written in such lives. From that, we learn to read our own lives in the same light.

Retreat Director: Fr. John Hopkins, L.C.
Director, Divine Mercy Clinic and Family Center

Fr. John Hopkins, L.C. was ordained in 1991 by Pope John Paul II. He served for 18 years in Washington, DC, and helped found Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center and the Center for Family Development, as well as the Alpha-Omega Clinic, a Catholic mental health center.  He is also president emeritus of Divine Mercy University (DMU), which integrates the best of modern psychology with Catholic faith.  He has earned degrees in Humanities, Philosophy, Psychology and Moral Theology, and is multilingual – speaking English, Spanish, and Italian.  In addition to being the Director of the Divine Mercy Clinic and Family Center, Fr. John provides spiritual direction as an additional source of healing and transformation in the center’s holistic approach to promoting flourishing. Learn more by clicking here

Participant’s Guide for the Advent Retreat

Download the guide to follow along during this 5 part retreat.

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Advent Retreat
Retreat Opening Mass

Conferences 1, 2, 3, 4

Recorded and Available Here 


For any questions please contact:
Ann Sanders, Liaison Healthcare Ministry