Bishop Emeritus Gilmore, Jacqueline Loh to lead ‘Thanksgiving Retreat’ Nov. 21-22
Jacqueline Loh and the Most Rev. Ronald M. Gilmore, Bishop Emeritus of Dodge City, will be leading “Grace and Gratitude: A Thanksgiving Retreat,” at St. Patrick Church in Great Bend (Prince of Peace Parish), on Friday Nov. 21 from 7-9 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The retreat, which is free and opened to the public, will conclude with a Healing Service and the regular Saturday evening Mass. The event includes lunch. Participants are asked to bring a pen and paper. No registration is necessary.
The theme for the retreat is, “Recovering Your Sense of Wonder.”
Since his retirement, Bishop Emeritus Gilmore has spent most of his time with Spiritual Direction (mainly with Priests), and with Days of Recollection and Parish Retreats, in the United States, in Canada, and in Ireland.
Jacqueline Loh of Vancouver, BC, Canada, has visited the Diocese of Dodge City frequently in the past 16 years, “gracing us with her understanding heart and her healing touch,” Bishop Emeritus Gilmore said. She is the Founder of “Grace that Reigns,” a ministry devoted to the renewal of the Church through prayer, evangelization, and healing.
“Sixteen years ago I was a junior Landscape Architect and Urban Planner wholly given to making a career for myself,” she said. “Suddenly, and from nowhere, I was given several gifts from the Holy Spirit, and a substantial call from God to bring healing to those in need.
“In 2003, I was asked to pray for a woman in the United States (in Virginia) who was suffering from brain cancer. Physical healing did not come to pass, and I went back to designing zoos. Before she died however, she phoned to say that she and her family had received a better gift, the Grace of Inner Peace. And then:
“‘Jacqueline, you have a gift. Stop building up the physical world as an architect. There are thousands of architects out there in the world. There is only one you. Become God’s architect to build up his Kingdom.’
“In 2008, while I was under the spiritual direction of Archbishop Raymond Roussin, then Archbishop of Vancouver, he turned to me in his Chapel and said softly: ‘surrender your career and work on your mission. God needs you to be his hands.’
“In 2009, I surrendered my career and in my own feeble way I have tried to do that ‘by word of mouth’ (Spiritual Direction, Talks, Days of Recollection, Retreats), and ‘by touch of hand’ (private prayers for healing, and public healing services).