Spiritual Powerhouse Award

During the 2013-2014 school year, the Msgr. O’Dwyer Retreat House will be celebrating 50 years of service to youth and  young  adults of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and surrounding (arch)dioceses.  Throughout the years, the mission of the House has expanded to include outreach in the Archdiocese, including Camp Glow, a gathering of persons with developmental disabilities.  In addition to several events planned to commemorate this significant milestone, we are instituting the conferral of the Spiritual Powerhouse Award.  Msgr. Clare O’Dwyer, founder of the House, envisioned it as a place of prayer and renewal, a real “spiritual powerhouse” that it has become.

Over the past 50 years, many adults have guided and served our young church in the myriad of programs held at the Retreat House.  The Spiritual Powerhouse Award acknowledges those adults or adult teams who have empowered young people and adults by their witness. These witnesses have provided a strong Catholic presence to the Retreat House, making it the spiritual powerhouse that it is.  We will also recognize those adults who have made a significant contribution of time, treasure, or talent to the House, enabling the mission to advance  for those fifty years.

We ask  that those of you who have had a long or significant  association with the House to consider nominating those adults who fit the description listed above. Call the House to obtain a nomination form.

We will honor nominees throughout  our anniversary year.  Some of these recognitions will take place in parishes and schools.  We will acknowledge some recipients at the Msgr. O’Dwyer Retreat House 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 7-11 p.m. at Martin’s Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD.

The deadline for submitting the form for the gala is April 30.  Award winners will be chosen and notified by May 15.  We will continue after the gala to honor others.

If you have any questions about the award or nomination process, please contact Mike Downes, Administrator at the Retreat House, at 410-666-2400 x816.