Benefit Luncheon with Fr. Michael Lapsley. Join Fr. Michael Lapsley, SSM, a world-renowned Anglican priest and peace advocate, and founder of the Institute for Healing of Memories in South Africa, for lunch and a presentation at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center on Tuesday, October 11th, from 12:00 – 2:00 pm. Following lunch, he will share his perspective on world peace in light of the war in Ukraine and will facilitate a conversation about our roles as peacemakers.
Fr. Lapsley is very well known to U. S. veterans and service members in Arizona, having led numerous Healing of Memory Workshops for Veterans and Service Members in the Valley over the last 9 years, including at Spirit in the Desert. Spirit continues to be one of two valley sites that hosts retreats for veterans and first responders, women veterans, and in 2023, a new series of HOM retreats for health care workers impacted by trauma related to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Spirit continues to be a site for training U.S. based retreat facilitators under the auspices of the Institute for Healing of Memories North America.
All retreats for veterans, first responders and health care workers are free of charge for participants. Cost for an HOM weekend retreat is $500 – $600 per person. Donations received as a result of the benefit luncheon with Fr. Michael Lapsley will provide scholarships for participants in Healing of Memories programs at Spirit in the Desert.
About Fr. Michael Lapsley
Fr. Michael Lapsley, SSM an Anglican Priest, lost both hands and an eye in 1990 as a result of a letter bomb sent to his home during his involvement in the anti apartheid struggle in South Africa (1912-1992). Accompanied by prayers, love and support from around the world, he then began a journey from victim to survivor to victor. He worked with South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and later founded the Institute for Healing of Memories. He works internationally in areas of conflict with others who have experienced violence of many kinds.
Fr. Lapsley had an audience with Pope Francis in 2019 and won the prestigious Niwano Peace Prize this past summer.