On June 17th and 18th, the wives of clergy in the Diocese were invited to participate in a retreat hosted by St. Mark’s in Silvis, IL. For those who were able to attend, it was a wonderful time of sharing, learning more about each other and worshiping together. Devotional talks by Mrs. Paulette Sackette, Fr. Don Sackette, Mrs. Carol Shaver, Bp. Morales, Julia Den Blaauwen, and Bp. Larry Shaver filled the time with inspirational stories, advice,prayer, and encouragement.
Everyone was able to test their artistic abilities with an activity led by Shelley Janikowski. Inspired by William Holman Hunt’s “The Light of the World” painting at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, we all made beautiful lamps with the expert guidance of Shelley.
As a result of the retreat, a private Facebook Group has been set up for DOQ Clergy wives. If you are interested in joining this group, please email Paulette Sackette.