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2018 ACLS Retreat at Lake Geneva with John Buscemi

The ACLS Board is planning a Retreat for June 25 – 28, 2018. The purpose of the retreat is to strengthen ACLS as an organization, facilitate camaraderie among members, and conduct educational and inspirational learning opportunities.

The Retreat will be held at The Ridge in Lake Geneva Wisconsin. Lake Geneva is located in southeastern Wisconsin in a resort area known for its beautiful lakes and scenery. We have chosen the location in Wisconsin to accommodate the participation of John Buscemi in the retreat. John is one of the leaders instrumental in the liturgical renewal movement of the latter part of the last century, in liturgical consulting and in the formation of the ACLS. John will be a facilitator for the retreat. We are pleased he is interested to be a part of the event!
Attendees would arrive on Monday, June 25th. We will hold workshops throughout Tuesday and Wednesday of that week. There will also be a banquet one of the evenings of the retreat. Attendees would leave to travel back home on Thursday, June 28th.
The Ridge in Lake Geneva is 90 minutes (75 miles) from O’Hare International Airport, 60 minutes (50 miles) from Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee, and 90 minutes (80 miles) from Dane County Regional Airport near Madison, WI. Attendees can likely find opportunities to carpool from airports with other attendees.
We are asking members to commit to the Retreat by registration fee of $125 by March 1, 2018. This commitment covers the costs of the overhead expenses associated with the Retreat, scheduled snack breaks during the retreat, and the banquet. Attendees will be responsible for covering costs of rooms directly with The Ridge in Lake Geneva upon arrival at the retreat.
The projected cost for the room rental at the Ridge is: $444 for single room occupancy (total for three nights) and $222 for a shared room occupancy (total for three nights).
Travel costs to Lake Geneva and the cost of meals other than snack breaks and the banquet, are not included in the cost projections. Attendees will be responsible for covering costs of rooms directly with The Ridge in Lake Geneva upon arrival at the retreat.
Following receipt of commitments by attendees, the ACLS Board will reserve the meeting spaces and rooms necessary for the attendees who have registered. It is important that we are able to reserve the right number of rooms early in March. The Ridge will fill for the summer months and we want to be able to provide rooms at the Ridge for attendees at a reasonable rate.
If you are interested in attending the Retreat, please provide the registration fee in the amount of $125 by the end of the day on March 1, 2018. Please also indicate if you would like to have a single or double occupancy at the retreat.


If you plan to attend please send an email ASAP to Robert Habiger @ I will then send you an invoice from our PayPal account for the registration cost. Alternately you may let Robert know you will be forwarding a check to ACL:S Treasurer, 2101 Valencia Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.

Following receipt of deposits on March 1st, we will follow-up with confirmation of the retreat and additional information to those who have registered.

October 2017 Webinar – “Art for Prayer” by Carol Frenning


The visual arts are connected in so many ways to our prayer life. Statues, windows, ritual objects…How do we make sense of it all?
• The earliest known Christian worship spaces have walls adorned with frescoes.
• The great variety of Marian images throughout the world gives testimony to the devotions and prayers of devout Christians.
• At Christmas children stare wide-eyed at the crèche in their parish church and the rest of the year puzzle at the pictures in the windows.
• Rosaries, vestments, icons and crucifixes are common to our visual memories and most are housed within our church walls.

Preparing spaces for the arts should be done in a thoughtful and considered way when we build or renovate our worship spaces. This webinar presents a framework for understanding the history, use and meaning of art in the life of the church at prayer.

About the presenter:

Carol Frenning is a liturgical design consultant who works with congregations throughout the country as they build or renovate their worship spaces. Trained as an art historian, her academic work is in the area of American religious architecture. She taught Sacred Architecture at the University of Saint Thomas and lectures at the University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. A graduate of the first class of the Institute for Liturgical Consultants at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Carol serves as a founder and president for the Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space. She served as chair of the national advisory board for IFRAA-AIA and on the board of Faith and Form. She was on the national planning board for the Form/Reform conference. She served as the convener for the Visual Arts and the Liturgy Seminar of the North American Academy of Liturgy and past chair of the Society of Architectural Historians Minnesota and past chair of the Art and Environment Committee for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 17 at 1:00 PM ET. Please register by clicking here.

Tour of Churches @ SWLC Study Week

Greetings ACLs Members:

If you are attending the SWLC Study Week in El Paso next week this Post is for you. Any ACLS member who will be arriving by Noon Tuesday January 17th is invited to attend an informal tour of two churches that afternoon. Greg Davis and Ken Griesemer have arranged for us to visit both St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Church and St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church. These churches are the two most recent new churches in El Paso. As I understand, we will be meeting in the Lobby of the Double Tree Hotel around 1:30 pm and then us personal cars for the tour. Please check back on this post for more info as the conference gets closer.

If you plan to attend the tour it would be helpful to let either Greg or Ken know.

Thank You,

Robert Habiger


Linda McCray: Transforming Faith Communities into Art Patrons 09.15.2015


What: Welcoming others to the world of art can open windows to more donations for art. I will be sharing several ways I have found work to spark art appreciation and in doing so create art patrons, including art as prayer visio divina retreats and prayer services; group liturgical art projects; art exhibitions; and artist-in-residence programs. I hope you will share your ways of growing art budgets during the question and answer period.

Who: Linda McCray, MFA, CSD is the creator of abstract spiritual original paintings and The Liturgical Artists Directory; certified spiritual director specializing in spiritual direction through the arts; and adjunct art professor teaching online art-and-spirit courses for Loyola University Chicago and University of Mary. Her passion in painting is translating your mission, scripture and universal spiritual truths into stirring sublime contemporary art that communicates beyond words to nourish your spirit. She accepts commissions; creates and directs art as prayer visio divina retreats and prayer services; works with others to create group liturgical art; offers art and environment design; and art consulting. For more information visit

When: 1:00 pm EDT, September 15, 2015