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Bring Forth the Realm of God
Location: Conference Center
Category: Conference Retreats
Date: Sunday November 12, 2017 through Friday November 17, 2017
Cost: $450.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00


 Sunday, November 12, 2017, 7:00 PM to
Friday, November 17, 2017, 12:00 PM

 "Bring Forth the Realm of God"
with Tony Gittins

 “Bring Forth the Realm of God” will be a retreat on a variety of topics that touch the way we approach the vocation of a Christian. We will look at Spirituality, Hope, Conversion, Joy, the Holy Spirit, Imagination, and other issues, from a scriptural and topical perspective.

Professor Dr. Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp., taught Theology and Anthropology at The Missionary Institute, London, UK, from 1980 to 1984, and at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago from 1984 until 2011 and is now Emeritus Professor of Theology and Culture.

Born in Manchester (England), and ordained in 1967, after completing his theological studies he subsequently earned M.A.s (Summa cum Laude) in Theoretical Linguistics and in Social Anthropology, and later a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. After ministry in Africa, he pursued post-doctoral research at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, England. He is a religious, priest, and member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost (Spiritans).

In terms of pastoral ministry, he worked for thirty years with and among homeless women on the streets of Chicago and then in a soup kitchen run by the Jesus People. For seven years he was part of Genesis House – a community where women struggle to escape from prostitution. For almost a decade (1972- 1980) he worked among the Mende people of Sierra Leone, West Africa, as a missionary pastor, linguist and ethnographer.

He is the author of sixteen books on theological and anthropological topics, and on mission and spirituality. Most recently, Ministry at the Margins: Strategy and Spirituality for Mission (Orbis, 2002); Come, Follow Me: The Commandments of Jesus (Liguori, 2004); Where There’s Hope, There’s Life: Women’s Stories of Survival, and Practical Theology (Liguori, 2006); Called to be Sent: Co-Missioned as Disciples Today (Liguori, 2008); Living Mission Interculturally: Faith, Culture, and the Renewal of Praxis (Liturgical Press, 2015); and The Way of Discipleship: Women, Men, and the Call to Mission (Liturgical Press, 2016).

If you would like to register for this or any of our programs, there are several easy ways to do so.  You may:
      • click the "Register" link located at the bottom of
         this page
      • call 724-964-8886 to speak with a member
        of our friendly staff
      • complete and mail a 
printable registration form along with your payment to:
               Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center
               2067 Evergreen Road
               P.O. Box 424
               Villa Maria, PA 16155 

Refund Policy 

Register due by October 27, 2017



Cost for overnight guests includes: Retreat, Lodging, and Meals from Pizza Supper on Sunday to Lunch on Friday.

Potier Center is our newest remodeled facility. Overnight guests in Potier Center enjoy spacious bedrooms with individual climate control and private bath. Potier Center is located on Villa Maria Campus just a short walk to Villa Maria Community Center.

MARIAN HALL: $510.00
Marian Hall is located within Villa Maria Community Center which also houses the Conference Center, Magnificat Chapel, and Annunciation Dining Room.

Cost includes Program fee plus Lunch and Dinner meals.

For more information
Phone: 724-964-8886
August 2017