Withdraw, Be Silent, Be at Peace: A Day Retreat for Frontline Workers

Date(s) - November 30, 2018
9:00 am - 2:45 pm

St. James Anglican Church

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As a frontline worker or volunteer who provides care and relational support for the marginalized people of our city, you are invited to a time of rest and soul-care with Fr. Matthew Johnson, Chaplain Al Mckay, Louise Tischhauser and Chris Chiu.

As the intensity of working with marginalized populations can be arduous and challenge the health and well-being of the helper, we are offering this day retreat as an opportunity for care workers to take time out for some much-deserved self-care; a time with God, and a space for reflection. We hope retreatants will also benefit from a sense of community and friendship with other workers in the field.

The day will be comprised of sessions devoted to listening to the stories of others, as well as guided exercises to enable us to spend time pondering our own narrative. Time will also be set aside for silent prayer and group sharing. The day will commence with morning tea at 9am, and includes an invitation to join together for midday mass at St. James followed by lunch together. The retreat will conclude at 2.45pm.

When: 30th November 2018, 9-2.45pm

Where: St James Anglican Church, Vancouver

Cost: $50

As numbers for this retreat are limited, please email us at info@cityinfocus.ca if you wish to participate.


Fr. Matthew Johnson is a priest of twenty-seven years, currently serving as Street Outreach Priest to Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, at St. James’ Anglican Church.

Louise Tischhauser is an ordained Minister of Religion and is a City in Focus Chaplain. She works part-time for Soulkitchen — a non-profit project founded by Louise and her husband, Hannes, that creates healthy and vibrant communities by welcoming the marginalized and lonely to the table and into the kitchen.

Chris Chiu is the Director of Retreats and Spiritual Direction for City in Focus and the Program Coordinator of Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate of Vancouver.


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