Center Connections – July 2019


The latest news and upcoming events at the

A message from the director:
On June 30, we finished our fiscal year. I am pleased to report that thanks to you and to many other satisfied guests and faithful supporters, we’ve had our best year ever. Dozens of new groups have discovered the beauty and unique features we offer. Others that have visited us in the past have continued to return to repeat the amazing experience. To help the cause, an impressive number of volunteers have donated their time and talent to beautify the center and heighten the experience of all of our guests.

My message today is simple: THANK-YOU for all of your help and support in promoting our mission of evangelization and renewal!

May God bless all of your plans and endeavors.

Deacon Scott D. Gilfillan
Director, Catholic Conference Center

Reading the Signs of the Times through the Eyes of St. Francis
Finding Hope and Joy in a Rapidly Changing World
16-18 Aug-2019

The Center invites all to experience this one of a kind retreat, and tap into the unbridled joy and hope Saint Francis found in a rapidly changing world. Franciscan Friar Father Peter Tremblay will be the retreat master and will offer a unique perspective on emerging trends and a Franciscan response. Participants will discover ways to deepen their faith, enliven their hope, and share that same joy of St. Francis in the midst of challenging times.

Register NOW, Early Bird Discount ends July 17!

In grateful appreciation for their service, The Center will offer a special discount to any Knight of Columbus and his spouse.

Click here for information or email questions, or simply call 828.327.7441.

Marriage Preparation Workshop

The Family Life program of the Diocese of Charlotte offers one-day marriage preparation workshops to help couples continue to build a solid foundation for their marriage. The format for the workshop includes presentations, journaling, private partner-to-partner discussions, and small and large group discussions. Workshop topics include:

Marriage as Sacrament and Covenant

Families of Origin and Procreation

Marital Sexuality and Natural Family Planning

Communication and Conflict Resolution

Money and Finances

Click here for more Information or to Register


Renovación Católica Carismática
en el Espíritu Santo

Reserva 2-4 Aug 2019

Domestic Church: Couple’s Evangelization Retreat
26-29 Sep 2019

The retreat is focused on learning to utilize the graces of the sacrament of matrimony in your daily life in order to help you, your spouse and family on your path to heaven. Time for prayer, mass, spiritual talks, and "wasting time together" with your spouse. Come strengthen your marriage with a program designed by a priest from Poland who was friends with Saint JPII.

Click here for more information on the Domestic Church, or contact Jessica Kelty at 828-244-6659 with any questions.

Deposit needed by July 21st.

Women’s Walk With Christ Weekend
13-15 Sep-2019

An intense, life-changing weekend designed for women to learn more about themselves and to receive healing from Christ. Visit the website for more information or to register.
Faith Formation In-Service Training

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Spiritual Retreat for Women
27-29 Sep-2019

Do you feel like your soul is tired and out of shape? Join other women in the area for a 3-day spiritual recharge. Detach from daily distractions while you reflect on your spiritual journey. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, encounter a deeper intimacy with God and your call to holiness through daily Mass, guided meditations, confession, adoration, spiritual direction and interior silence. For more information, contact Kate Boschini or visit website for more information, or click here to register.

11-13 Oct 2019
The Deacon Couple: Friends of the Bridegroom
Hearing, Celebrating, and Sharing the Word of God
The conference center always looks forward to hosting the annual retreat for deacons in the diocese and their wives. This year the participants will hear a powerful message from the pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Father Benjamin Roberts. Contact Deacon John Martino for more information.
Women in Recovery Annual Retreat
8-10 Nov 2019
If interested, contact center for more information.
Chapel Renovations about Complete
We received new statues, made from olive wood carved by a family in Bethlehem – just for the center. They’ll look amazing on the walls of the renovated chapel. Special thanks to the person who bought one of the two, and the many others who helped with the improvements.

Now we need just the right shelves. Anyone handy with woodworking?

Uses The Center for Jumping Off Point
Youth Ministry from the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh joined with the Infractum Youth Ministry at St. Aloysius in Hickory, and spent a week doing volunteer work around the Hickory area as part of their MISSION TRIP 2019: THRIVE. The work included some greatly appreciated landscaping around the center.
The Center Hosting a Two Night Retreat
Through some discussions with a handful of secular Franciscans as well as some Knights of Columbus, the nucleaus of an idea for a retreat began to be formed. Please consider joining us for our maiden voyage in planning retreats of this magnitude, in a weekend that promises to be enlightening and tranformative.
Time to Book Your Holiday Banquet
Even though we’re still in the heat of the summer, we’re starting to receive inquiries for holiday banquets. Call us now and let us help you plan a banquet for your agency, group, or company.
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