The prodigal son

Prodigal son painting
From October 17 to October 21 2018
Spiritual week-end

The prodigal son

Sue Mosteller C.S.J and Rick Hatem

Sue Mosteller is a sister of St. Joseph who lived and worked at l’Arche Daybreak in Toronto, Canada for 40 years. She was International Coordinator of l’Arche for nine of those years. Sue shared the ministry of the late Henri Nouwen, pastor at l’Arche Daybreak, giving talks and retreats. She is the author of three books, her most recent, Light Through the Crack, Life After Loss, and she edited Home Tonight, Further Reflections on the Prodigal Son, by Henri Nouwen. Sue is now retired and lives with the Sisters of St. Joseph in Toronto, gives workshops and retreats, and works with the spiritual legacy of Henri Nouwen.

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Rick Hatem moved from the U.S. to Jerusalem to work for peace with Palestinians and Israelis. In Jerusalem he was active in dialogue with Jews, Muslims & Christians. After hearing Jean Vanier speak in Bethlehem Rick joined l’Arche’s Bethany community in 1987. The small Bethany community closed in 1991 due to the first Gulf war. Rick returned to the U.S. to join l’Arche in Syracuse, NY. He received calls to serve as community leader in l'Arche Stratford, regional leader in the U.S and as a member of la Ferme for three years. Rick has been a spiritual director with the Henri Nouwen Society and other organizations. He spent a decade helping his parents in the challenges of his mother’s Alzheimer’s until their deaths. Rick has led retreats in North America and Europe.

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This English retreat explores Henri Nouwen’s The Return of the Prodigal Son. Nouwen’s first encounter with a detail from Rembrandt’s painting The Return of the Prodigal Son came during a visit in Trosly and led to Nouwen going to St. Petersburg to see the original. Nouwen gave a framed image of the detail he first saw to la Ferme de Trosly.

During this silent retreat beginning Wednesday evening and ending Sunday following lunch there be sharings, Mass, and times for individual or group prayers and meditation. Nouwen died in Holland in 1996 enroute to St. Petersburg. He was hoping to record a documentary on his personal journey with Rembrandt’s painting, and his reflections on Luke’s Gospel story of the loving father and two sons. You can deepen in your personal journey as a son, daughter, brother, sister or as a father or mother during this retreat.


From October 17 (7:15pm) to October 21 (2 pm) 2018


Fees are 300 € per person and 500 € for a couple. For those who are able to pay more it helps those facing financial difficulty, and if it is a real difficulty for you to pay the full amount please discuss the matter with us in advance of your arrival.

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