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First time christopher leadership weekend at St. mary’s retreat house, Oxford, Michigan

NEW YORK , February 1, 2014—St. Mary’s Retreat House in Oxford, Michigan will host its first ever Christopher Leadership Weekend Course for adults from March 7 to 9, 2014. The Christopher Leadership Course encompasses the spirit and principles of The Christopher organization founded by Father James Keller, M.M., in 1945. The course was given its present form by Father Thomas J. Bresnahan of Detroit, appointed by Detroit Archbishop Edwin Cardinal Mooney, to create the first Christopher Career Guidance School in the area in 1949. The Gabriel Richard Institute was soon formed and Father Bresnahan became its first director. Father Keller inspired the newly established organization to develop programs that blended necessary leadership skills training with Christopher purpose. Known for many years as the Gabriel Richard Leadership Course, the Christopher Leadership Course is rooted in Gospel values and continues to be open to people of all faith backgrounds who seek to use their God-given talents to help others. The weekend program provides hands-on instruction to improve speaking abilities and interpersonal skills. Those who participate in the Course will benefit from dynamic exercises designed to foster positive attitudes and to build one’s confidence.

     The mission of The Christophers is to encourage people of all ages, and from all walks of life, to use their God-given talents to make a positive difference in the world.  St. Mary’s Retreat House, 775 West Drahner Rd, Oxford, 48371. Cost: $195 per person. Seating limited, register now. Scholarships available. For questions about weekend, call Glory Henry at (248) 425-2627. Register by phone, fax, online: The Christophers: toll-free (888) 298-4050 (Maria) and x263 (Yaneza); Fax: 212-838-5073. www.christophers.org. “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”