Summer 2022

Dear Friends,

Another grace filled retreat season has ended, summer is upon us and even more change is in the air!
We are taking the opportunity now for a summer update and to thank you for your continued support.

Recently our spacious Quinn room has been beautifully upgraded—better lighting, a bright new paint
job and fresh new carpet. It’s the first major improvement we have been able to do since the heating
and air conditioners throughout the retreat center were updated in 2020 and with the help of so many
kind and generous benefactors. I’m sure you will be as pleased as we are.

Another exciting announcement is the addition of a new Passionist priest to our retreat staff. Fr.
Phillip Donlan, C.P., who was just ordained this May and will be joining us in August. We’ll share
more information soon.

As for our retreat team, Fr. Jack Conley, C.P., will assume the role as the director of ministry here at
Christ the King. As you may know, Fr. Jack, has served as a member of our preaching and retreat
team these past several years, and will lead the retreat center with a vision for future retreat seasons,
topics, programs and much more! Fr. Phillip brings his youth and his Spanish language skills to the
team. This will open new possibilities for Hispanic ministry programs and our further outreach to
youth and young adults.

These last couple years with COVID-19 and other associated difficulties we have had to hold back on
some of our usual ministerial offerings. But now it seems we may be getting back to full strength.
This springtime we celebrated the Easter mysteries with renewed gusto and as we move through
Pentecost and into what the Church calls “Ordinary Time,” we expect it to be much more than just
“ordinary.” As Scripture reminds us, “the blessings of God are renewed each morning.” For this we
are profoundly grateful.

Our gratitude extends, of course, to all of you who have been so kind to us these past two years and
beyond. As we continue to upgrade our retreat center and work on improving and updating our
grounds equipment, we hope you would prayerfully consider a generous gift to the retreat center.

God bless you and your loved ones now and always!

With much gratitude,

Fr. Jim Strommer, CP                            Natalie Svistoonoff, MPH
Director of Ministry                                Executive Director