Fran Taylor, Rosie Spada and Mary Kay Myers from the prayer shawl ministry of St. Cyril Parish in Wilsonville attend retreat in Mount Angel. (Courtesy Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer)
Fran Taylor, Rosie Spada and Mary Kay Myers from the prayer shawl ministry of St. Cyril Parish in Wilsonville attend retreat in Mount Angel. (Courtesy Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer)
MOUNT ANGEL — St. Mary Parish here and St. Edward Parish in Keizer hosted 55 prayer shawl ministry members from nine different parishes April 21 at St. Mary Parish Center.

Prayer shawls are blankets created amid prayer and given to comfort people.

The daylong prayer shawl retreat focused on serenity, courage and wisdom, as highlighted in the Serenity Prayer.

Deacon Allen Vandecoevering shared his experience of prayer shawl ministry in his chaplaincy work at Salem Hospital and blessed the hands of all the retreatants.

Benedictine Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer showed the TED presentation done by Benedictine Brother David Steindl-Rast on happiness and grateful living, tying the concept into the prayer shawl ministry.

Benedictine Sister Maureen Niedermeyer, Rene’ Mettee and Donna Sherman led the group in Taizé prayer as the retreatants worked on their prayer shawls.

Retreatants discussed their shawls and told stories of the ways persons or families were especially comforted and blessed by receiving a shawl.

Find out more

To learn more about the prayer shawl ministry, call Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer at St. Mary Parish, Mount Angel, 503-845-2296.