Here at The Reason for Our Hope Foundation the beginning of the year started off with a bang! Our Annual Appeal, which started in November, was in full swing. We would like to thank all who donated, you helped us raise $81,000 that is going towards the Hope House Retreat Center.
Speaking of the Hope House Retreat Center, our first floor renovations are complete. You can view pictures from our December Open House on our Facebook page. We are now booking day retreats. In fact we have quite few on our calendar already. Our first day retreat was held on January 30. The Seminarians from the Diocese of Erie held their Day of Recollection at the Hope House! They really enjoyed their time reflecting in the Avila Chapel and interacting with each other in the Conference Room. According to Fr. Nick Rouch the meals were excellent as well! We are looking forward to February where we will be hosting a couple Confirmation retreats.
In other Hope House news, our website is currently under development and we are hoping to launch it in February. We are excited for this new endeavor in growing the Retreat Center. As for now you can find us on Facebook and Pinterest. We are planning to get the second floor completed this spring so we can start hosting overnight retreats.
January found Fr. Larry traveling for retreats, Men's Conferences, and Parish Missions. The New Year started with him leading a retreat for seminarians in Indiana. He held a Parish Mission at Saint Peter's in Deland, Florida and traveled to two conferences one in Sewickley, Pennsylvania and one in Boise, Idaho.
February has him in Florida for the beginning of the month for a Parish Mission at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Panama City and the Tampa Bay Men's Conference in Tampa Bay. Then he comes home to celebrate the start of Lent with his Parish. Next it is off to the Midwest as he is a speaker at a Men's Conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The month rounds out with two Parish Missions one at St. Agnes in Sellersville, Pennsylvania and one at Holy Infant Catholic Church in Ballwin, Missouri. It ends with the Columbus Catholic Men's Conference in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on these events or if you are interested in booking Father Larry please head to The Reason for Our Hope Foundation's website and click the tab Meet Father Larry.
Here at the Foundation's office we are excited to announce we are growing, as we hired a new Marketing/Operations Coordinator in September. Caitlin has been off and running with managing the social media accounts and finding different ways to spread the mission of the Foundation.
We are anxious for March to come as our 3rd Annual 22:32 Men's Conference will be held on March 12 at the Warner Theatre. We have three excellent Catholic Speakers coming, Matt Birk, Tim Staples and Deacon Ralph Poyo. We are very excited to hear what these upstanding men have to say and hope you are able to join us. To register or if you'd like to read more about this wonderful opportunity please head to the 22:32 Men's website or check them out on Facebook!
As always we ask for your prayers and know that you're in ours.
~Caitlin Ryan, Marketing/Operations Manager, The Reason for Our Hope Foundation.