HOLIDAY 2015 NEWSLETTER
SAT Special Gift • Letter from the Director • Save the Date • Annual Fund Appeal • Shares from our Fall Participants
Have a Sabbatical on us!
Please accept this Gift of Sabbatical to you or a loved one this holiday season! Enjoy one of our course offerings.* Just enter PromoCode: REST2016
*Please choose from any of our course offerings with the exception of Living Contemplatively, presented by Michael Fish. This offer expires May 15, 2016.
Letter from the Director
Advent greetings from the School of Applied Theology! We are just wrapping up an outstanding fall semester, with fifteen delightful participants on full Sabbatical—five from Ireland, one from England, five from the U.S., one from Canada, two from the Philippines, and one from Zambia—in addition to dozens of local participants who have joined us for an evening, a weekend, a day, or several days of Sabbatical. With nearly six decades of serving thousands of laity, priests, deacons, and men and women religious, SAT is more aware than ever of the need of all people, from diverse walks of life—whether working in the home, in the church, or in the world—to take a break. Whether you come to SAT from the local area or from around the globe, seeking Sabbatical for a day, a week, a month, or a semester or two, it is our mission to offer you a holistic Sabbath experience of attentive rest, theological renewal, and spiritual transformation.
Sabbatical is at the heart of contemplation, awe, wonder, and ultimately meaningful lives. In his recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis reminds us that contemplative rest is essential to our encountering the world with openness, depth, creativity, generosity, and compassion. He writes, “We tend to demean contemplative rest as something unproductive and unnecessary, but this is to do away with the very thing which is most important about work: its meaning…. It protects human action from becoming empty activism; it also prevents that unfettered greed and sense of isolation which makes us seek personal gain to the detriment of all else…. Rest opens our eyes to the larger picture and gives us renewed sensitivity to the rights of others.”
We invite you to browse our newly designed website, particularly our course offerings on a variety of themes in contemporary theology—spirituality, mysticism, cosmology, the arts—which are interwoven with time for reflection, discussion, and integration, in a contemplative setting, with a rich community of adult seekers and learners. Just as fields that lay fallow revitalize the soil and yield more fruitful crops, SAT invites you to rest from your labor so that you may be renewed in body, mind, and spirit.
In fact, we are offering a Gift of Sabbatical to you or a loved one this holiday season! We are looking forward to starting the New Year off with you in “deep peace”:
Deep peace of the running waves to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
(Old Gaelic Prayer)
Blessings on your rest, work, and ministries,
Carrie Rehak, Ph.D.
Save the Date! SAT is having a 50/50 Party!
Saturday, February 6, 2015, 3-6pm
One is celebrating 50 years of life. Another is celebrating 50 years of religious life.
NO gifts please. And, donations to SAT will be kindly accepted!
Annual Fund Appeal
Dear SAT Alumni and Friends:
The late poet, John O’Donohue, begins his blessing, “For One Who Is Exhausted,” with the
When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
Then all the unattended stress falls in
On the mind like an endless, increasing weight.
Most of us have experienced, or will likely experience, such exhaustion, which is why observing Sabbath is not only a commandment but a gift from God. The Divine wants to give us rest: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11-28), and we at SAT respond to this desire by offering a holistic Sabbath experience of rest, study, reflection, contemplation, and prayer, for all who come for a day, a week, a month, or a semester or two of Sabbatical.
Your contributions have helped SAT keep our doors open and costs down for nearly six decades. We are grateful to you for helping to create and support our Mission of providing holistic Sabbath opportunities of attentive rest, theological renewal, and spiritual transformation. Your help touches the lives of thousands, not only those whom we touch directly but indirectly as well, as we serve those who serve, minister to those who minister, and give to those who give, both locally and from around the globe, to a world in need of a diversity of gifts.
Your gift is extremely important because it offers immediate resources that are directed to current needs and opportunities at SAT. Critical to being able to provide this experience is our increasing reliance on gifts to support both the scholarships we provide to those unable to afford the full cost of the program and support for new program initiatives. Again, this year we will be earmarking all scholarship gifts to the Maureen Therese McGroddy Scholarship Fund as an on-going tribute to her years of service at SAT.
No matter how you wish your gift to SAT to be used, please know we are deeply grateful for your support. You may send your gift by mail in the enclosed envelope or you may contribute online by going to our website, www.satgtu.org and clicking on the “Giving” link in the upper right hand corner of our home page.
In closing his blessing “For One Who is Exhausted,” John O’Donohue writes:
Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.
May you and your loved ones enjoy “slow time” this holiday season and always.
Thank you again for your generosity.
Carrie Rehak, Ph.D.
Shares From Our Fall Participants
The SAT Sabbatical provided me time for soul-work. I entered fully into the invitation to do inner-work and realized the importance of rest and meditation.
MJAntipolo City, Philippines
SAT provided what it offered – Sabbath/Rest – a place and time for RENEWAL and the opportunities for TRANSFORMATION. I found an excellent combination of different elements which made for a HOLISTIC EXPERIENCE. It has been one of the best of my life – so far.
—Trinita Laffan, PBV M
The SAT Sabbatical is a full program allowing participants to experience a new way of life. It covers all aspects of life and learning in an atmosphere of care and community. Here we are free to learn balance in daily living.
—Bernice Gotelli, PBVM
I feel my spirit has been lifted and stimulated by the SAT experience. Body, mind, and spirit were truly nourished.
—Lillie O’Reilly, PBVM
SAT is a home away from home. SAT opens up to new ways of thinking and do things differently. SAT offers an intercultural and interfaith experience to those who are open to receive.
—Clement Sindazi, CFC
The focus on “rest, relax, and renew” was the starting point of my sabbatical. This gave me the freedom to let go in a trusting atmosphere with adult professional boundaries in which over time I could process what was emerging in a trusting and safe environment.
—Paschal McDonnel, OFM
Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal, Ireland