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Associate Leadership Retreat


Associate Leadership Retreat
Monday, May 21, 2018 - Thursday, May 24, 2018
Siena Retreat Center, Racine, WI - Racine, Wisconsin
NACAR Events


Please note: The 2018 Associate Leadership Retreat is full. We are no longer able to accept registrations for the retreat. Information is here for those already registered.

Pursuing Peace: Co-Creating the Beloved Community
Facilitated by Louise Lears, SC


In carrying forth our various charisms, relationship by relationship, Associate Leaders are co-creating the “beloved community,” a community rooted in the pursuit of peace. Through prayer, presentation, contemplation and faith sharing, participants in the retreat will explore a contemporary spirituality of peace that speaks to the Associate way of life. We’ll peer through three lenses – the depths of peace (contemplation), the heights of peace (solidarity) and the horizons of peace (hope) – to raise up implications for our lives and ministries as Associate Leaders. We’ll imagine ways in which Associate commitment can be a visible witness to peace in our congregations and ways in which Associate Leaders can foster that witness in addressing issues of aging, diversity, formation and sustainability.

The retreat will begin on Monday, May 21st at 5:00 p.m. and end on Thursday, May 24th after lunch.

All Associate Directors, Coordinators and others who serve in leadership positions are encouraged to attend this formational retreat!


Louise LearsSr. Louise Lears, SC, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, met the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in Albuquerque, NM in the early 1980s. As her sister Maggie likes to say, a funny thing happened on the way back to Baltimore. Rather than returning to a teaching career in Baltimore, Louise (at age 35) entered the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, whose founder Elizabeth Seton had roots in Baltimore.

Sr. Louise holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore and a PhD in Medical Ethics from St. Louis University. She has taught Medical Ethics and the Spirituality of Nonviolence at universities and colleges in St. Louis, Baltimore and Cincinnati. She continues to serve on a number of Medical Ethics Committees and local boards. Her experience in, and learning from, nonviolent peacemaking experiences has changed her life.

In 2011, to her surprise Louise was elected to the Leadership Council of her congregation; she will finish her second term in 2019. Louise is the Leadership Council liaison with our Associates and considers that relationship one of the great gifts of her community life. Louise lives with 3 of the newest members of her congregation; their connections with other newer, younger members (Sisters and Associates) has enriched her life in amazing ways.


Please plan to arrive before 4 PM. Please note that lunch will not be served at the retreat house on May 21st. Dinner is served at 5:30 PM. When you arrive, please check in at the main entrance and you will be directed to your room.


Each single bedroom has a private bathroom with a shower and is accessible by elevator. Linens are provided. A small number of bedrooms are ADA accessible. Each bedroom has adjustable temperature settings. Each floor has a washer and dryer, iron and ironing board, and a sitting room with a "book nook."

We ask that silence be kept on the bedroom floors to ensure a contemplative environment.
Items that can be helpful to bring: bathrobe and slippers, alarm clock, casual clothes, comfortable shoes, pen and journal for notes. You may wish to bring a warm sweater or fleece, as meeting room temperatures in the geo-thermal building are sometimes chilly. We also encourage you to bring Associate promotional or formation materials to share with fellow Associate leaders.


Siena Retreat Center, Racine, WI
Siena Retreat Center, Racine, WI - Website
5637 Erie St
United States


For over 50 years Siena Retreat Center has welcomed people of all faiths to our shores for finding strength and nourishment along their spiritual journey. Today we hope you will explore our web pages and choose from among our many and diverse retreats and programs ... we're confident you will find just what you need at this moment in time.


You can access the retreat center by either the Milwaukee Mitchell Airport or Chicago O’Hare Airport We will do our best to assist participants with ride sharing/shuttle service. You will find it most helpful to schedule your flight arrival for before 2:00 p.m. on May 21st

If driving, and using GPS enter 5637 Erie St., Racine, WI, as the address. You can find directions more detailed directions on their website at


Visit their website to view photos of the lovely grounds. You are also able to walk the outdoor labyrinth, express yourself through art in the Creativity Room, participate in daily prayer in Racine Dominican Sisters' chapel, stroll the beautiful grounds, visit the bookstore, utilize the books in the Siena Center library, or find a quiet place in to read and reflect. Bicycles, blankets, and lawn chairs are available for outdoor use.

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