St. Michael’s College Senior Maggie McKeon has been on retreat at St. Anne’s Shrine 17 times and has spent her last three birthdays there. The Shrine has left a lasting impression on her life, she said. “I have grown deeper in my faith, had the opportunity to get to know other students I wouldn’t have known otherwise and build on existing relationships,” Maggie said. “I have grown so much on my faith journey while being at St. Mike’s and the Shrine definitely plays a big part.”
The Campus Ministry Director of Rice High School and St. Michael’s College students shared memories of good times at St. Anne's Shrine’s 9th Annual Spring Social at the Pomerleau Alumni Center at St. Michael’s College on May 7.
Shrine Spiritual Director Rev. Brian J. Cummings, S.S.E. gave the invocation. “Each year we host this gathering of friends and supporters of the Shrine to reflect on our ministry by listening to a variety of speakers who share their experiences of being at the Shrine,” he said. “It is truly a moving event to hear the transformation of people’s lives and how the Shrine is accomplishing its mission of serving God’s people.”
St. Michael’s College Senior Mitch McDonald said he has attended several retreats at St. Anne’s Shrine and is involved in campus ministry. He spoke with much admiration about Campus Minister Anna Lester who organizes and leads St. Michael’s College retreats at the Shrine. In his speech Mitch said, “St. Anne’s Shrine is a special place, and it’s a place where students, families, mentors, priests, Christians, and non-Christians can come together and experience something that alters their lives forever.”
Mitch went on to say the annual spring social is a special way to acknowledge and thank the Edmundites for their ministry at the Shrine, donors and benefactors for providing their support, and for friends so willing to share in the experience. “There is no way to enjoy the beauty of the Shrine without all the hard work and generosity that goes on behind the scenes,” he said.
St. Anne’s Shrine, located in Isle La Motte, hosts more than 60 events annually that include private retreats for parishes and clergy, retreats for students from St. Michael’s College and the UVM Catholic Center, Twelve Step retreats, Rice High School and Diocesan Retreats as well as Marriage Encounter and Vermont Knights of Columbus gatherings.
Right now the Shrine is experiencing some extreme flooding from Lake Champlain. Please consider donating to help with cleanup and repairs. We could sure use your support!
For more information about St. Anne’s Shrine, call (802) 928-3362 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The heart of the Society of Saint Edmund’s mission is serving where the need is greatest, a credo that has led us to four core ministries: Social Justice, Education, Spiritual Renewal and Pastoral Ministry. It is through these core ministries that we live out a faith-based life of service and make a real difference in people’s lives by bringing them closer to God.