Loretto Niagara: the SCOEP Journey Continues...

The Loretto Christian Life Centre (above) was the original  home of The Spiritual Centre Outdoor Education Program. The program moved to a new home in Ridgeway in 2005The Loretto Christian Life Centre (above) was the original home of The Spiritual Centre Outdoor Education Program. The program moved to a new home in Ridgeway in 2005The Spiritual Centre Outdoor Education Program (SCOEP) offered a unique opportunity for Grade 8 students to better understand their vocational call and the spirit of community through various experiences including prayer, work, outdoor activities and play. The program continues today as the Spiritual JOURNEY Retreat…

The New Grade 8 Retreat Experience - The JOURNEY

Tradition is important in our faith and the tradition of passing on our faith through our Grade Eight Retreat is part of the New Evangelization at the Niagara Catholic District School Board. This Retreat experience, formerly known as SCOEP (Spiritual Centre Outdoor Education Program) began at the Loretto Christian Life Centre in Niagara Falls in 1982. It continues today as the Spiritual JOURNEY Retreat. Under the direction of newly appointed Elementary Chaplaincy Leaders, this two day experience inspires and challenges our grade eights to come to know Jesus and recognize God present and active in their every day lives. We work, play and pray together seeking God in creation, in others and within themselves.

While many miss the beautiful atmosphere and wonderful Sisters of Loretto by the Falls, the memory and good work of Loretto lives on in spirit and in very practical reminders. At meals, we sit around some of the same wooden tables; in our meeting area, we enjoy familiar posters, plants and tables; at bedtime, students sleep in beds that once occupied the 2nd and 3rd floor dormitories and when we celebrate mass, we are blessed to have several Eucharist items including a portable Altar from our beloved Loretto Niagara.

We thank God that we were blessed to have such an amazingly beautiful facility at Loretto and very blessed to have had the support, encouragement and spiritual direction of the Sisters of Loretto in Niagara. The seeds that were planted thirty years ago with a dream to provide a valuable retreat experience for Niagara Catholic students continue to be nourished and the Loretto Niagara JOURNEY continues………

Penny Pomes, Elementary Chaplaincy Leader for Niagara Catholic
(formerly SCOEP Leader at Loretto Niagara)

The Niagara Catholic Board currently offers The JOURNEY spiritual retreat at Our Lady of Grace Spiritual Centre in Ridgeway. Learn more about Board’s future plans for the JOURNEY.
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