Past, Present & Future

TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012

Can you believe how fast 2012 is passing by? It’s already May, and at Benedict Inn that means we are working with both the past and the future (as well as the present!)

The end of June will mark the close of the fiscal year, and so last week I spent some of my time preparing our timelines so that we can close out the programs from July 2011-June 2012. Despite always having a schedule and calendar in front of me, I was amazed by all the events and programs that had occurred during that period! From this standpoint, it seems to have been a very successful year.

However, we haven’t just been looking back on the past, but are also planning for the future. As many of my readers will know, I love to plan and work ahead, if possible. If you ask any of my co-workers at the Inn, they will probably tell you I’ve been even more enthusiastic this past week, because I’ve got to put that characteristic to good use. I began by browsing the web pages for various retreat centers across the country to see what types of programs are trending now. I was able to see which types of events might be new and interesting, and which might be too popular.

Then, yesterday, there was a staff meeting,which I was privileged to attend. The administrator, the programming director, the marketing coordinator and myself began discussing the calendar for next year (armed with pencils, not pens!) We decided on several events that we definitely want to repeat, due to their success this year and in years past. These include Girls’ Night Out, the Friendship Tea, the Triduum Retreat, and others. We also started throwing around ideas for new topics (especially for the series on Catholic Identity) and potential speakers. While we know that people love to come back year after year to Benedict Inn for certain programs, we also want to offer new opportunities for loyal friends and newcomers.

We can’t see clearly into the future, and so as we continue to brainstorm and discuss what 2013 might look like, we pray for God’s wisdom and blessings.

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