February Newsletter

Updated: Mar 25

February 2, 2019

Dear Friends,


Some might say we’ve been enjoying a mild winter, that is until the furnace in Enders House conked out during the last week in January!


These last few days of polar vortex have certainly put us to the test. Yet as I was conducting a funeral for a member of the Naval Sub Base’s Catholic Community, standing graveside in 3-degree cold, I was moved to speak about the warmth of God’s grace, which fills us with hope even in the coldest and stormiest days of our lives. I invite you to experience His grace at one or more of the upcoming opportunities for retreat and fellowship on Enders Island.


I’m delighted to let you know about a very exciting opportunity to spread the word and work of our mission beyond the Island’s boundaries. We have been invited by The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in New York City to mount a Sacred Art exhibit, “Encountering the Creative Beauty of God,” in their lower-Manhattan gallery this September.


The exhibit will feature beautiful works of art produced at our Sacred Art Institute, many of which find their home in The Chapel of Our Lady of Assumption on Enders Island. Named after the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, best known for his popular radio and TV ministry in the 1950s and 60s, The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture is a project of the Archdiocese of New York, presenting more than 75 events in theatre, film, music, and thought per season. The Center’s Executive Director has visited Enders Island on retreat and was inspired to invite us to mount this exhibit. I’m especially pleased because Bishop Sheen’s work figured significantly in my doctoral dissertation on culture and technology for Salve Regina University. It’s an honor to have our work featured at the center named for him. We will share more details in future updates.


Last month, I was interviewed by renowned motivational speaker and best-selling author John O’Leary for his podcast “Live Inspired,” an opportunity brought to us by one of our most dedicated volunteers, who has known John since he was a little boy. I urge you to watch John’s inspiring story of the faith, hope and friendship that helped him survive a catastrophic fire as a teenager and go on to live a rich and fulfilling life. The podcast will be released in March and we’ll share that with you then.


On February 4th, our Holy Smoke Reserva XI committee will begin meeting to plan this wonderful event, which takes place on Saturday, June 15th under a big tent on Enders Island. The premier event of the summer season in Mystic, Holy Smoke is always a favorite and one of our biggest fundraisers. Proceeds support the Collegiate Recovery Residence Community and the ministries of Enders Island. If you’re interested in volunteering or being part of the committee, contact Carolyn Brill at cbrill@endersisland.com or 860-536-0565.


We have also added a donation button to the Enders Island Facebook page. This allows any Facebook user to set up a personal fundraising campaign and invite their friends to contribute to the mission they love! Please check it out and we hope you’ll give it a try. All donations support our programs of spiritual retreat and recovery.


Whether mild or chilly, winter is an especially peaceful time on Enders Island. The Island’s winter beauty often reminds me of Psalm 40 v.10: “Be still and know that I am God.” Please come visit and share the and blessings God bestows upon us.


In faith and hope,


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