WHAT: "Conversion, the New Evangelization and Me"
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 8 — 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9
WHERE: Diocesan Center for Ministry, 5802 Weiss, Saginaw
SAGINAW, MICH. — Sister Ann Shields, SGL will offer a two-day retreat entitled "Conversion, the New Evangelization and Me." This retreat will demonstrate how personal conversion is related to bringing others to Jesus Christ. The retreat will include times of prayerful silence and is open to all.
“All of us as Catholics are being called by the last three Popes to prepare ourselves to reach out to others with the Good News,” Sister Ann Shields said. “Most of us are uncomfortable evangelizing others. We often are unsure what to say, what to do.
I hope in this retreat to show you the gifts God has given you, the love that he has for us, and how he wants to bring all of us into union with Him. Once we are convinced personally by the Good News of the Gospel, we will be impelled (not forced) . . . convinced of the love of God and the desire that God has to love each person. Almost all of us have family members who are far away from the Lord and the Church. We long to help but we don’t know what to do. I believe this retreat will be helpful, not only to you personally, but for all those you love and pray for."
The retreat will begin on Friday evening, March 8 and conclude following a 4:00 p.m. vigil Mass on Saturday, March 9.
"We are thrilled that Sister Ann Shields is joining us to explore two key themes of this Year of Faith: personal conversion and evangelization," said Dr. Dan Osborn, Director of the Center for Ministry.
For more information and to register contact Connie Kaczynski at the diocesan Center for Ministry at (989) 797-6607 or
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on February 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. The diocesan 75th anniversary year of prayer and celebration for blessings past and yet to come began on September 8, 2012, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and will conclude on August 15, 2013, the Solemnity of the Assumption, the patronal feast of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.