The Spirituality of the Twelve Step program is a spiritual journey calling us to progress not perfection.
The underlying cause of any addiction is "the spiritual malady" which is described in the Big Book as selfishness, self centeredness, self will run riot.
This " spiritual malady" can only be overcome, rooted out only through a "Spiritual Awakening" which is the result of having worked the twelve steps.
The twelfth step describes this "Spiritual Awakening" as, "When a man or woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he or she has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he or she could not do before on his or her unaided strength and resources alone."..."He or she has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being."
This spiritual journey is a movement from self-centeredness to God-centeredness to other-centeredness.
The day will be a time of reflection and sharing with the group.
Rev. Daniel J. McGlynn has been a priest in the Diocese of Wilmington for 34 years. Before that, in July of 1972, he says, "by the grace of God and the program and fellowship of a Twelve Step program, I began the process of recovery. I have remained sober and active in the Twelve Step program over the past 44 years." Rev. McGlynn was the pastor of two parishes: Immaculate Conception in Elkton, Maryland and Holy Cross in Dover, Delaware. In June of 2013, he retired as pastor of Holy Cross Parish. He also ministered as a Pastoral Counselor and Spiritual Director, which he continues in retirement along with conducting retreats and parish missions. Rev. McGlynn has a Masters in Divinity from St. Mary Seminary and University, in Baltimore, MD and a Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola College in Baltimore, MD.
Sister Marguerite Walsh, SSJ is a substance abuse counselor/therapist for individuals and groups, and a retreat facilitator/presenter on the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs for women, married couples and coed adult groups. She is an internationally and nationally certified alcohol and drug counselor, a certified criminal justice specialist, with an addictions specialist endorsement. Sr Margie recently retired from the Limen House where she was a Certified Counselor supporting the women residents in recovery. Currently she is part of the Days of Hope treatment team, dedicated to providing retreat experiences for marginalized and case-managed women, focusing on the spiritual elements of their recovery. Sr. Margie believes that incorporating and living the spiritual aspect of recovery is key to recovery sustainability. She has over thirty years experience in drug and alcohol program development and counseling, and provides a breadth and depth of knowledge, compassion, spiritual insight and practical application that is valued by her clients.
Registration: Cost is $40 per person which includes lunch. Sign up below or call our office at 302-995-6859 to register. You may pay online with a credit card below. Lunch is included in the price. There will also be a Mass for those interested in attending.