On April 8, 2010, over 30 volunteers from The Center gathered at Stella Maris Retreat Center in Elberon for an "Afternoon of Recollection". The format for the day was:
- Introduction and Sharing "Center" Stories. Bob Mclaughlin, a "veteran" volunteer, led off sharing his stories of what it has been like to sit at the front desk and welcome our clients each day. Other volunteers followed by sharing their stories. Many volunteers talked about the "community" that each day's group of volunteers had become.
- Keynote: Fr Bob shared reflections from Ram Dass's book "How Can I help?" The underlying message is that it is not only natural for us to want to help - it makes us more human!
- Watecolor Mandala: The group then spent some creative time - using watercolor paints we expressed ourselves in creating a Mandala - a colorful description of who we think we are - how we feel - how we see ourselves. Everyone became an artist!
- Quiet Time - Journaling: We spent some time sitting quietly some of the peaceful interior spaces of the Retreat Center or walking out and looking over the sea. Time to think, reflect on the experience of being part of The Center's Mission.
- Supper: A delicious meal prepared by the Stella Maris Staff ended our day.
The Day was coordinated, planned by Michele Williams a Friday volunteer and an intern studying at The College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station. Thanks Michele!
And thanks to the Sisters and Staff at Stella Maris for their wonderful hospitality.