Lorna Breiter of Mahtomedi, Minnesota is a life time learner. She earned a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College, a M.A. in library science from the University of Minnesota, and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.
Sometime after Lorna retired from her position in the Office of the Revisor of Statutes in the Minnesota State Legislature, she saw an ad in the Metro Lutheran newspaper for a Lutherhostel retreat at Spirit in the Desert in Carefree, Arizona. Lorna attended her first retreat in 2008 and has attended at least one retreat nearly every year since.
Attending retreats at Spirit in the Desert gives Lorna the opportunity to continue learning about the Bible and her faith. The great music led by Mary Preus and Tom Witt, and the friendships made and nurtured, bring joy to her heart. She said, “The retreat is an opportunity for a concentrated, yet relaxed focus, with other people who are interested in issues I care about.”
After several retreats, Lorna decided to provide financial support for Spirit of the Desert. Asked about her motivation to do this, Lorna said, “I began to realize I had an adequate amount of money for my own needs, and Spirit in the Desert is one of the faith organizations for my stewardship. What I have is a gift from God and it is incumbent upon me to share it.”
She added that she is happy to see Spirit in the Desert expanding its programs and increasing the number of guests. She likes that it is a welcoming place for retired persons, and a place of acceptance for people of all faith traditions. She is especially excited about women’s retreats, and also programs of healing for veterans and EMT first responders.
At the end of her Lutherhostel Retreat in March 2018, Lorna said, “I am sorry my two weeks are coming to an end, but I leave refreshed and renewed.” Lorna will continue to support Spirit in the Desert, and she looks forward to her next retreat.