Cabrini Retreat Center has been unable to welcome guests on site since March 16th. Guests scheduled to make a retreat are feeling the loss of their time away with God and their faith community. Especially impacted are the high school seniors who plan and prepare all year for their four-day Kairos Retreat.
However, the spiritual ministry of Cabrini Retreat Center continues at this time through our Sister Prayer Partners.
Sr. Grace Waters, MSC began coordinating the Sisters’ Prayer Partner ministry in 2006. She assigns a willing Missionary Sister to be a “prayer partner” for each group who spends time at the Retreat Center.
groups arrive, the name of the “Sister Prayer Partner” and her photo are posted near their meeting space. When the group is welcomed they are told about their partner. Groups are delighted by the connection with the Sisters. Returning groups will often check the bulletin board for their Sister Prayer Partner even before she is “introduced” at the welcome.
In the past 14 years, the Missionary Sisters have been “missioned in prayer” to over 800 groups, their prayers can truly be felt by staff and guests alike.
Prayer Partners continue to be assigned for the groups that had planned to be at the center for retreat. Prayer Partners have been added for the staff, housekeeping and food service vendors waiting for on-site-ministry to resume.
When in contact with groups, Retreat Center staff assures the leaders they have a “Prayer Partner” supporting them through this uncertain time until they are able to return. The staff is grateful to the Sisters for their prayers and are united with Mother Cabrini in her belief that “prayer is powerful”.