These on-line morning retreats for members of Matt Talbot Groups and other AA members will explore the spiritual life and discipline of Venerable Matt Talbot (1856-1925), patron of persons dealing with the disease of alcoholism. Topics such as desire, grace, detachment, and humility will be covered, as well as specific spiritual disciplines to aid recovery and healthy living. Each retreat morning will include a presentation with audio-visual resources, break-out groups, and time for the larger group to share with one another. Each one-hour class will include short presentations, break-out rooms, and prayer. Each class is being held on-line through Zoom registration only. Please register to receive a Zoom link and pass code, or call 610-253-3053, ext. 10. The Zoom link and pass code will be sent to each participant closer to the date of the event. Presenter: Nina Marie Corona Matt Talbot Retreat Master, PA Board-Certified Recovery Specialist A free-will donation may be made to SFRH. Saturday, August 8th 10:30 am. - Noon Men’s Retreat.
About Matt Talbot About Our Presenter Venerable Matt Talbot is the patron saint of persons dealing with the disease of alcoholism. He was one of twelve children born into extreme poverty in the tenements of Dublin, Ireland. At the age of 28 years, Matt made the decision to quit drinking. He made his confession to a priest at Dublin Seminary and “took the pledge” to renounce alcohol for three months, then for six months, and then for life. There were no twelve-step programs, counselors, or support groups to help him. Nevertheless, Matt maintained sobriety through a recovery program that centered on daily Mass, devotion to the Eucharist, a love for Mary, and spiritual reading. (He learned to read so that he could read the Bible.) Matt Talbot is often referred to as an “urban ascetic.” After his conversion, he lived a life of quiet devotion, holiness, and extreme generosity in spirit and material goods. Matt Talbot was declared “Venerable” by Pope Paul VI in 1975. Resource: Anne Costa at: https://wau.org/resources/article/venerable_matt_talbot_patron_saint_of_alcoholics/
Nina Marie Corona is an approved Matt Talbot Retreat Master, and she was a Guest Speaker at the 57th Matt Talbot International Brunch in September 2019 in Edison, NJ. Nina is a Pennsylvania Board Certifi ed Recovery Specialist, and she is a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Fordham University.