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Oblate retreat—open to the public

May 3 - May 5


Howard Thurman, African American Mystic and Prophet led by Rev. Joan Crawford

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” –Howard Thurman

Learn about Howard Thurman, one of the great spiritual leaders of the 20th  century.  As a spiritual mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. he advised him during a critical time in his life and he greatly influenced King to incorporate nonviolent resistance with the civil rights movement. This retreat is open to the public.

Joan will also lead a day-long retreat entitled, Becoming a Better Ally to the African American Community at Holy Wisdom Monastery on Thurs, May 2, 2019. Come to one or both.

Retreat leader

The Reverend Joan Crawford is a Spiritual Director, Deacon and Benedictine Oblate. In 2014 she retired from special education to devote more time to ministry. Joan’s email address (ecumenicalhope@gmail.com) reflects her ecumenical background and inclusive vision. She was christened in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church; baptized in the Roman Catholic Church; and was later a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). In 2017 Joan was ordained a deacon in the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC) and now serves Guardian Angels ECC Church in Tempe, Arizona. She recently transferred her Oblate enrollment from Holy Wisdom Monastery to The Community of St Mary of the Annunciation (OSBCn/Episcopal) also in Tempe. Joan received a Master of Theology from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard Illinois; and a Certificate in Spiritual Guidance from the Siena Dominican Center in Racine Wisconsin. Her ministry now includes workshops to promote interracial healing and dialogue. Joan brings spiritual awareness, insightful humor, and tender seriousness to her presentations. Her candor, sensitivity, and deep listening will help instill the building blocks for better understanding between the African American and Anglo-American communities.


Friday, May 3, 3:30 pm-Sunday, May 5, 2019, 1:00 pm

Full retreat registration: $135


Friday only: $70
Saturday only: $100
Sunday only: $70

Housing at the monastery (on a first come, first served basis)

Single room Friday night only: $66
Shared room Friday night only: $81.00 for two ($40.50/person)

Single room Saturday night only: $66
Shared room Saturday night only: $81.00 for two ($40.50/person)

Single room Friday and Saturday: $132
Shared room Friday and Saturday: $162 for two ($81/person)


Registration closed
Register by April 19, 2019 for the retreat and by April 12, 2019 for lodging at Holy Wisdom Monastery.
There is a 50% refund until the April 19, 2019 registration deadline, no refund after the deadline.


May 3
May 5
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Holy Wisdom Monastery
4200 County Road M
Middleton, WI 53562 United States


Kathleen Wessels
608-836-1631, x267