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2013 SDCO Fall Retreat | Sand and Sky: Landscape, Seasons, and Spirit

  • September 16, 2013
  • September 18, 2013
  • Sacred Heart Retreat Center, Sedalia, CO


  • Balance of $125 due by Sept 12

Registration is closed

Tradition: This fall retreat has been a tradition for Spiritual Direction Colorado for many years. Spiritual Direction Colorado is a Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado and an ecumenical group of spiritual director’s. Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House has provided a beautiful setting for the three retreat days. Located in Sedalia, Co. it provides easy access from the Denver Metro area, yet in a tranquil and rural setting. Please check the center’s website for photos:

Registration: Cost to register is $200. You are invited to register online by either paying the full amount, or by submitting a deposit of $75.00 with a balance of $125.00 due by Sept. 12. If you do not want to use your credit card online, please register and then send a check to: SDCO Retreat, 9345 Carr St. Westminster, Co. 80021.Please make the check to: Diocese of Colorado.

SDCO encourages spiritual directors and those involved in ministry to take advantage of this opportunity for rest, and relaxation. Scholarships are available and please contact the registrar.

Details: Event information is available on the 2013 Fall Retreat page. Each person will have a private room, but bathroom facilities are shared. Three balanced meals are served daily by the kitchen staff and a full salad bar is provided for lunch and dinner. If you have special needs, (need for a first floor room) please let the registrar know.

Please bring your Bible, journal and dress for changeable weather. Sacred Heart has a small book store on site.

For any additional questions please contact the registrar and not the retreat center. The registrar can be reached at 303-430-1345 or

Biography for Fr. Dave:

A native of Indiana, David Denny moved to Arizona in 1969. In the summer of 1970 he was an exchange student in Afghanistan. This kindled a lifelong interest in the Middle East, especially the Abrahamic spiritual traditions. He earned his BA in Asian Studies, with an emphasis on Middle Eastern history and Arabic at the University of Arizona in 1974.

In 1975, having discovered Thomas Merton and converted to Roman Catholicism from his Protestant roots, he entered the Spiritual Life Institute, a contemplative monastic community rooted in the Carmelite tradition. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1980 and is incardinated in the Diocese of Killala, Ireland.

From 1985-2004 he was co-editor of Desert Call, the Institute’s quarterly magazine. In 1987 he spent six weeks serving as a priest in a remote fishing village in northeastern Brazil. From 1993-2006 he was a visiting professor at Colorado College, teaching “Fire and Light,” the history of Christian mysticism.

In 2005 Fr. Dave left the Spiritual Life Institute and, with Tessa Bielecki, co-founded The Desert Foundation, an informal circle of friends who share a passion for the desert, the Abrahamic faiths, and the spiritualties of the American Southwest. He served frequently as chaplain for Image Journal’s Glen Workshop since 2003-2009. In 2005 and 2007 he taught “Spiritual Quests in Literature” at Colorado College and has served frequently as chaplain for Seattle Pacific University’s MFA residencies since then. In August 2006 he led a seminar, “Grief and Belief; Rage and Surrender,” at the annual Glen Workshop. Participants reflected on elegies and other grief poems, on grief and faith, and examined the role of the Crucifixion and the Mother of Sorrows in the Hispanic art of the American Southwest. From 2007-2011, he and Tessa Bielecki taught a new class at Colorado College, “Desert Spirituality: from the Middle East to the American Southwest.”

Fr. Dave published a chapter called “Making the Soul Fertile” in Meditations for InterSpiritual Wisdom, edited by Netanel Miles-Yepez (2011). An essayist, retreat master, and poet, Fr. Dave is also an Outreach Preacher for Cross Catholic Outreach, a relief ministry for the poorest of the poor. He is currently writing a memoir, First Love, Afghanistan, and How I Became a Buddhist Heretic.    

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We envision a Colorado where spiritual guidance permeates peoples’ lives, faith communities and human organizations, transforming life for all, especially the most vulnerable.

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