Mary Robertson retires!Mary Robertson

After 29 years of service in ministry, Mary Robertson has retired as Director of the FCJ Christian Life Centre in Calgary.  Over the years Mary’s name became synonymous with the FCJ Centre, as Mary was always present to meet and greet our guests with her usual warm hospitality and great kindness.  In 1993 when Mary became the Director of the Centre, we, the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus, in the spirit of Vatican II were proud to have a deeply committed lay woman to head one of our major apostolic ministries.  Mary’s charismatic leadership brought many people to God in many and varied ways.  For those of us who were fortunate enough to know Mary, a paraphrase from Proverbs 31 describes her well as a valiant woman of God:

The strong and faithful woman—who can find her?
She is far beyond the price of pearls.
Those who love her have confidence in her
and receive graciously from her.

Blessing and not hurt she brings
all the days of her life.
She nourishes those who walk her way
and opens for them the treasures of her heart.

She sets her mind on what is needed
and with her hands she works to serve.
She is clothed in strength and dignity
and looks confidently to the future.

When she opens her mouth, she does so wisely,
on her tongue are kindly words.
Her companions stand and proclaim her blessed
and far and near sing her praises.

We miss you, Mary, and words could never express our gratitude to you but your commitment to live kindness, show warm hospitality and be of service to others will live on in our hearts.  May the One whom we serve, bless you abundantly for your outstanding leadership, generous service, availability and gentleness at the FCJ Christian Life Centre over these many years.

Bonnie Moser, fcJ
Provincial Leader
Province of the Americas





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The FCJ Christian Lief Centre is a corporate ministry of the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus

Denise DeNeve, Acting-Director

The FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre has been and continues to be a place of hospitality. The warm, welcoming environment and friendly, caring staff along with the delicious home cooking summon you to spend time here, where all who come experience “real living as meeting”. It is an opportunity to meet with God, with self, with others, and with nature in the quest to encounter transformative relationships.

The atmosphere is one of quiet reflectiveness that has been practised here through the years and continues to form the essence of the Centre.

The events at the Centre provide rich opportunities and possibilities. The accommodations at the Centre are wide and varied ranging from comfortable rooms where small groups can gather, to sizeable meeting areas for larger numbers. There are small oratories and a large chapel where one can engage in prayerful reflection.

We hope that you will respond to our invitation to “Discover Your Centre” as a “meeting place” where you can experience a contemplative presence in availing yourself of opportunities for personal growth, for spiritual development or training, retreats and spiritual companioning, all in the context of what it means to embrace a more compassionate world.

Check out our website to see who we are and what we have to offer.

Denise DeNeve, Director

Our Mission Statement
We are a Centre of hospitality and hope where God can be experienced in a changing world.