2018 Lent Retreats on the shores of Lake Macquarie
Anglican Women have again organised the Silent retreats for women which are held each year in Lent.
The venue for February 2018 will be the Catalina Conference Centre at Rathmines, situated on the western shores of beautiful Lake Macquarie, between Toronto and Morisset. A spacious, very comfortable, single-level facility, it is surrounded by parks and walkways. A beautiful and peaceful place ‘to be still with God’ as we explore the theme, ‘We will face tomorrow in the Spirit’s power’
Dates & Cost: (1) Weekend from the Friday 16th to Sunday 18th February 2018. 2) Midweek (if we get sufficient numbers) Tuesday 20th to Thursday 22nd February. Cost for the full retreat will be $280. Accommodation is in single rooms, though people can share if desired. Deadline for bookings is no later than 1st February. Early bird discount of $20 for bookings for full conference before 16 January!
There is also the option of attending for the day (9am to 5pm) on either the Saturday or the Wednesday – cost $55 includes morning & afternoon teas and lunch. Arrival for booking in is from 4pm (with a welcome at 6pm and dinner at 6.30pm). The retreats finish at 3pm on the last day.
Retreat Conductor – Fr Mel
Fr Melbourne Nelson (Mel as he is generally known in our Diocese), grew up in Fiji and New Zealand and studied for the ministry in St John’s College, Auckland. He was ordained a deacon in 1967 and a priest in 1968 in the Diocese of Bathurst for ministry in the Diocese of Polynesia, which he took up in 1969 following his marriage to Vivienne.
Mel served in Polynesia from 1969 to 1976 before coming to Newcastle with his family where he was appointed to the Parish of Bulahdelah-Tea Gardens. In 1981 Mel, having been invited to be Dean of Suva Cathedral, returned to Polynesia for 3 years.
Since then, Mel has served in the parishes of Nelson Bay and Kincumber and was Anglican Chaplain to John Hunter Hospital from 1997 to 2003 before entering retirement after a 3 month chaplaincy at the Sunderland Royal Hospital in the UK. Mel and Vivienne (who is a renowned artist) live in Mayfield and have three married children and five grandchildren.