Bi-Annual Funding Letter
“We’re here to learn the Universe Story and experience the dream of Earth.”
~ Thomas Berry
With our nation and world experiencing such
extraordinary times of struggle, uncertainty
and isolation, we believe that places like
Springbank are needed more than ever.
We believe we are pilgrims on our way towards a
future that is more beautiful than all the past.
This letter will tell the story of such hope.
Springbank has a story to tell, one that began
14 billion years ago when the universe was born.
It is a story about beauty, told by live oak trees,
standing stately in the forest, of 80 acres of
verdant fields, punctuated by gardens, walking trails and the cadence of bird song to greet the silence. Springbank’s story is a paschal mystery story, holding the memory of the bodies of slaves, the devastation of natural forests (Hugo), of pandemic times and racial unrest.
Today the story continues; we awaken to a resurrection time when small life moves into a more expansive life. Technology takes us to places around the world, connects us to past participants and sacred seekers from the USA, India, Guam, Japan, Malaysia, Trinidad, Ecuador, Phillipines, China, Australia, Africa, Ireland, Italy, Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, etc. Springbank provides a place for deep respect and reverence for the interconnectedness of all life. We notice more deeply the presence of the Divine deeply suffused in Earth and all beings. People are drawn to Springbank to regain fresh energy to reimagine their lives.
We hope that you, our supporters and your loved ones are well and finding creative ways to flourish and celebrate life during these pandemic times. We, the Springbank team and Board of Directors, hold you in our prayer. We have been blessed that sabbatical participants and Team have remained well during the three month Spring Sabbatical of 2020. With the help of Zoom and some necessary adjustments to the program, enriched by diversity of nationality and gifts, we completed a deeply meaningful Spring session that surpassed our expectations.
Due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic, some sabbatical participants, private retreatants and those interested in the programs had to cancel. As a result, lost revenue was significant. Our recurring expenses do not stop – staff stipends, maintenance, program expenses, insurance, utilities and repair costs continue.
With a vigorous program and safety protocols in place, we look forward to welcoming our fall Sabbatical group. Springbank is one of the few residential centers still open that features the prophetic voices of Thomas Berry, Teilhard de Chardin, Brian Thomas Swimme, Diarmuid O’Murchu, Ilia Delio, Miriam McGillis among others.
We ask you to help us get through these months of lost income and move forward securely.
The following testimonies tell how participants of the 2020 spring sabbatical program were renewed and reinvigorated for their journey.
“I finished my time at Springbank with deep gratitude, knowing anew that the Mystery of God continues to be quietly born in the secret of my soul and in the soul of all of life.” (Sr. Miriam, Ireland)
“While on sabbatical at Springbank, I have been drawn by Divinity, revealed in colours, forms and expressions which have expanded my whole being, touched me with wholesomeness and healing, carrying me forward with a new sense of life, energy and commitment.” (Sr. Anita, India)
“During my days at Springbank, I came to understand the New Universe Story in a deeper way...I left Springbank renewed, with a great sense of interconnectedness - "God in all things and all things in God."
(Sr. Rita, Chicago)
Today we are asking your help with several critical needs.
Your tax-deductible donation will be put to work immediately.
$ 5,000 Foundational Pillars: sanded and painted (Plantation House).
$ 7,500 Stipends for Kitchen manager and grounds manager
$ 12,000 Salary for office assistant
$ 65,000 Refurbishing of Sabbatical Retreat Residences
•Plumbing reconfiguration •Flooring •Beds •Renovation of kitchen
$ 5,000 Upgraded equipment for webinar’s, zoom meetings etc.
Spring Sabbatical Group 2020
We are thankful for your on-going support and prayers
We pray that you may continue to be safe and well.
Springbank Team: Sr. Trina, Director,
Srs. Theresa, Anita, Doreen, Barbara,
Fr. Jim, Marce
Springbank Board of Directors
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