Conference Center Connections


Center Connections
The monthly newsletter of the Catholic Conference Center

In this issue

– Upcoming events just for you

– New groups choosing the center for the first time

– Work day activities

– How you can support the mission of the center


Upcoming events of interest to you!



Wed-17-OctLast chance to register

How can silence and imagination
improve your prayer life?

Come to the FALL DAY OF REFLECTION and find out how silence and imagination can improve your prayer life. The presenter will be Fr. Patrick Cahill. The fee will be $18, which includes lunch. Check-in: 9:20 AM; 2:20 PM Closing Mass. For more, click information.

An offering presented by Catholic Charities Elder Ministry
Register NOW




Vie 26-Oct

La renovación carismáticaLa renovación carismática está viva y creciendo en la diócesis. Haga clic en contacto para obtener más información.



Fri – 2-Nov
Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) is a two-year faith formation and leadership development program for young adults (20’s and 30’s), rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Click for information or contact.

In-Service Training
Diocesan Youth Ministry
Reviewing Data and Planning for Success

Especially suitable for catechists, youth group leaders, deacons and priests.
Click to register



Fri-9-Nov: Weekend Retreat for Women in Recovery



We are pleased to announce that the Women’s Walk with Christ, which was originally scheduled the weekend hurricane Florence travelled through the area, has been RESCHEDULED. Consider starting the new year with “an INTENSE experiential weekend where in the Light of Christ and with the Holy Spirit as our Guide” participants explore their wounds.” Register now.
Fri 1-Mar-2019

The mission of Worldwide Marriage Encounter is to proclaim the value of Marriage and Holy Orders in the Church and in the world. “One weekend can change everything!”
Click here to register



the groups who have recently chosen

the center for the first time…

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The Center also welcomes the 15 Newly Ordained Deacons to their
1st Annual Retreat for Deacons & Wives

One of The Center’s favorite events is to have the privilege of hosting the annual retreat for deacons and their wives. Though this is not a “NEW” group, this year we will welcome thenewly ordained deacons and their wives. For this event, the staff gets the rare privilege of
Serving the Servants of God.

Work day a success!

Youth group from St. Aloysius in Hickory clear brush…
And discover the Ave Maria Chapel!
Youth from Holy Family build and install new trail markers.

Let us host your next event…

There are still a few openings on the weekends, plus plenty of weekdays. Consider using the center for a:

· Wedding reception

· Advent retreat

· Corporate planning

· Board development

· Holiday party

· Staff retreat

· Team Building

Or if you know of someone who might have an event, feel free to forward this email. If you would like to use our expertise to help plan your next retreat, contact us.

We need your support…

Many thanks to the youth and members of St. Aloysius and Holy Family parishes for improving the surroundings of the Ave Maria Chapel and for beginning the process of replacing the trail signs. The center has many needs to fulfill its mission of evangelization and renewal. We are looking for individuals that can donate time, talent or treasure and beautify the center and help it become more effective in its mission. Below is a wish list:

  • Ave Maria Chapel Restoration (in progress)
  • New Trail Signs (in progress)
  • Soccer Field
  • New monstrance
  • Statues of Mary and Joseph for Chapel side walls.
  • Volunteers to keep up to date social media sites
  • Donate some other time and talent

Thousands visit the center. You can make a difference, and at the same time enjoy the beautiful surroundings. If you have an interest in any of the above, or have some ideas of your own, please contact Deacon Scott Gilfillan,

May the peace of Christ, which is beyond all understanding, be with you always.

<>< Scott

“Come away to a secluded place and rest awhile.” Mk 6:31
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