CARFLEO Retreat April 6, 7 & 8, 2021 Online

Click to Register: Catholic partners, Retirees from Ontario Catholic School Boards, and Catholic Teacher-Candidates in Faculties of Education

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The theme of our retreat is based on the encyclical Laudato Si’.  This is the fifth anniversary of the Pope’s invitation to reexamine how we live in creation.  We hope this retreat will help us all experience a deep conversion to live more sustainably and in oneness with our planet home.

Our retreat facilitators are Sister Mary Rowell, csj and Les Miller. Sister Mary is a lecturer at Regis College.  She also ministers at  the Villa St. Joseph Ecology and Spirituality Centre, in Cobourg Ontario. Les Miller is the author of the recently published book of prayers based on the Canadian landscape entitled Northern Light: A Canadian Prayer Book.


Sister Mary Rowell is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada.  Mary is a member of the Team at Villa St. Joseph Ecology and Retreat Centre in Cobourg, Ontario.  She is also a part-time faculty member at the University of Toronto where Mary teaches, Moral Theology and Catholic Social Teaching at St. Michael’s and Regis Colleges.  Additionally, Mary provides workshop and retreat facilitation with various Catholic School Boards which she always finds enjoyable and inspirational.

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Les Miller is former member of the York Catholic District School Board where he served as Religious Education, Family Life Education and Equity Coordinator until he retired in 2010.

He is a founding member of CARFLEO and has worked tirelessly to maintain the website and our social media presence.  Les is an author and a teacher.  He loves to hike and to take photos of the beauty of creation.  In an interview about his book, Les writes: “Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’ energized my conviction that ecological conversion to a deeper and healthier relationship with the creation would lead to planetary healing. Northern Light celebrates our part within creation by seeing Canada through sacramental eyes.”


  1. […] You’ll be able to meditate on more of Les’s words and photos if you are participating in CARFLEO’s free online retreat next week. Sr. Mary Rowell csj and Les will be hosting Praying in, with and for Creation: A Spiritual Integration of Laudato Si’ over Zoom next week, April 6, 7 & 8. To register for click on this link. […]

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