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Dan Egan Retreat
Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 8
Theme: “God comes to us disguised as our lives”
The retreat invites those active in recovery to identify the presence of their Higher Power in the day-to-day lives. Sessions will present new metaphors for viewing our lives, and achieving freedom from our most stubborn character defects.
Presenter – Deacon Dan Giblin, CRS, was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2011. He serves as a member of the Spiritual Care Department for the Saint John Vianney Center in Downingtown PA meeting with clergy and religious to discuss the spiritual aspects of their lives and ministry while in treatment. Deacon Giblin is a Certified Recovery Specialist. He completed his Addiction Studies at Villanova University and has been active in the addictions recovery field since 1984. He is a graduate of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary School of Diaconal Formation, and currently is a member of the Admissions Board for St. Charles Seminary.
The Story Behind this Retreat
Our Dan Egan Retreat is named after the late Father Dan Egan. Whose work with addicts began in 1952, when he was preaching in a church in Manhattan and saw a troubled woman. She was addicted to narcotics and in need of help. He telephoned a number of hospitals in the city but none would take her. ”She was considered a criminal,” he said.
So Father Egan, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, became a certified alcohol- and drug-abuse counselor and a chaplain of Narcotics Anonymous. In 1962, he founded Village Haven, a halfway house for women who were addicted to drugs, in Greenwich Village. Before long, 8 or 10 women a week, most of them newly released from jail, were going to Village Haven for help.
In 1970, he founded New Hope Manor at Graymoor for teenage girls who were addicted to drugs. Over the years, he also worked as program director at St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center at Saranac Lake, N.Y., and in programs elsewhere. He had received various honors, including awards for pioneering anti-drug programs in the armed forces and was the subject of a biographical book published in 1970 called The Junkie Priest by John D. Harris.
Here at the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center we continue his commitment to help both men and women recovering from drug addiction. Join us for a weekend that includes meetings, conferences and workshops with a focus on prayer and meditation, the 12 steps and spiritual principles. Within a group setting our intention will be to improve one’s spiritual condition as an addict in recovery. Whether you are new to recovery or someone that has been in recovery for years, our retreat can help to do something good for yourself and your recovery.
The Dan Egan Retreat costs $200.00 per person for a double room (you & your roommate must sign up and put a deposit down to qualify for a double room price) and $275.00 per person for a single room. Both fees include all content of our retreat, the two overnight stays and all meals starting with Saturday’s breakfast and ending with lunch on Sunday. The Center has vending machines with snacks and beverages but you are welcomed to bring your own and store them in our guest lounge refrigerators located on the fourth floor. Towels, linens and one pillow per bed are provided and bathrobes are recommended for shower use. Please bring your own alarm clock, any extra pillows and toiletries you may need. Arrivals can begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday evening. Balances if any are due upon arrival and can be fulfilled by cash, check or major credit cards. The retreat ends after Sunday’s lunch which begins at 12:15 p.m. If you plan to arrive later than 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, please call the retreat center in advance and let us know to expect you.
Pre-registration is required as this retreat is limited in number of participants. If you choose to register through the mail please verify beforehand that space is still available by calling the retreat center at 845-424-2111. Keep in mind that the deadline for registration is one week before the retreat. A $100 deposit per person is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable or transferable. We appreciate payment in full at the time of registration, but we do not require it.