NEW MILFORD—“Disregarding the Shame, Reaching Out for the Joy,” a healing retreat for victims of abuse, will be held over two weekends, on August 3 and August 10 from 9:30 to 3:30 at the Oratory of the Little Way at 8 Oratory Lane in New Milford, Conn.
The six-session retreat has touched hundreds of victims of not only sex abuse, but also physical and emotional abuse, and is being used in Latin America and other parts of the United States.
The retreat is based on a simple creed that “Jesus Christ is not only able to heal the wounds and scars of sexual, physical and emotional abuse, but longs to, right here, right now.”
The retreat was developed by Father Lawrence Carew, who has a healing ministry in the prison system, and Methodist minister Dr. Gail Paul, former chaplain at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution.
“The healing ministry of Jesus, which he exercised during his three years of ministry and also in the early Church with the apostles and missionaries, was always meant to be a central part of the mission of the Church,” Father Carew said.” Jesus is still healing people of what some consider “ineradicable wounds,” he said.
Father Carew, a native of Boston who grew up in Stamford, was ordained in 1966. He then went on to serve as parochial vicar at St. Peter Church in Danbury, St. Teresa’s in Trumbull, St. Joseph’s in Danbury and Christ the King in Trumbull, where he served as pastor until his retirement in December 2016.
He has been active in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal since 1971 and was named spiritual adviser to the renewal in 1997. He has also served in several leadership positions in the national Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
He continues to be involved in voluntary prison ministry and spiritual renewal outreach, including serving as spiritual adviser to the diocesan Magnificat ministry and offering masses of healing and hope as well as inner healing workshops.
He is the author of the book “Healer of Hearts, Healer of Minds,” and several healing workshops, including “Six Simple Steps Into Healing Prayer” and “Healing the Shepherds” for people in full-time ministry.
“When I meet with victims of abuse, I will talk with them about how healing prayer is a part of Christ’s help and I will pray with them, and they almost always have a sense that the Lord is there, blessing them, and that something good is happening inside of them,” he said.
The retreat, which is on DVD, is based on six talks, followed by six healing prayer exercises, a period of music and opportunities for individual prayer. For more information about the retreat, which will begin on August 3 and conclude on August 10, call 860.354.8294.