Annual Giving Campaign
Dear Friends in Christ,
I am pleased to announce that Montserrat continues to grow in serving Christian’s of North Texas and surrounding areas. We surpassed the amount of individuals Montserrat served in 2016-2017 from 2015-2016 by 647 retreatants for a total of 4,773 retreatants. While we saw an influx in day retreatants and other religious group retreats, we are also continuously striving to spread the word about Montserrat’s Silent Ignatian Retreats through our Retreat Captains, volunteers, and our relationships with various parishes in the surrounding dioceses. Indeed, this past year we discovered more and more people are finding out about Montserrat not only through word of mouth but also through social media and a simple Google search, but we primarily rely on you to share your experience and inspire others to attend a retreat.
Many people are searching for more. More out of life and more out of their relationship with Jesus. When asked the question: “Why did you decide to come to Montserrat?” commonly retreatants respond that they desire “silence,” “prayer,” “time to listen to God,” and “spiritual direction.” In the noisiness of life, we are all called to step back, reflect, and grow in a deeper relationship with Jesus, so as to have a greater awareness of His presence in our daily lives. Here at Montserrat, we have many opportunities available for individuals to make a retreat. A schedule of the upcoming retreats and days of reflection may be found inside this edition of Montserrat News for the remainder of 2017 and well into 2018. Register for your retreat today online or by calling the office.
Retreatants often compliment the grounds of Montserrat, exclaiming that they look more beautiful than ever. Over the last few months, we have even attracted a wild turkey to the retreat grounds, which we affectionately named “Iggy” after St. Ignatius. As we look to the immediate future, we will be repairing and resealing the driveway, completing the landscaping around the chapel, and improving St. Joseph Hall by replacing energy inefficient windows and HVAC units. Through the generosity of The Kenedy Foundation and other donors, we have been able to make updates to fourteen new commodes of the thirty-three bathrooms in St. Joseph Hall, helping us decrease water consumption in the spirit of Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si. These various projects will further enhance the efficiency and sustainability of the retreat house.
The 2017-2018 Annual Giving Campaign officially launched on September 1st and included Montserrat’s participation in the North Texas Giving Day on September 14th. One of our donors offered a matching gift of $5,000 for that event helping us raise a total of $14,185. All of these funds go towards financial assistance for retreatants in need. Last year, Montserrat was able to provide over 300 individuals with full and partial financial assistance in order to cover the costs of a retreat. Your donation to the Annual Giving Campaign (AGC) allows us to provide financial assistance to retreatants in need and to make the necessary improvements to this place many call their spiritual home. This year, we are excited that one of our donors has committed to match up to $50,000 until December 31st. Please prayerfully consider your own retreat experience and how much impact Montserrat retreats have had in your life as you make your donation to the 2017-2018 Annual Giving Campaign. We rely on your generosity to make this ministry possible. As always, you remain in our thoughts and prayers.