History of the St. Joseph Prayer / Healing Ministry Retreat.
Sister Mary Frances, C.S.J.P. and Sister Mary Matthew, C.S.J.P.
Sister Sioban, C.S.J.P.
Charlotte Saunders is on the right.
In 1977 on the North Shore of Lake Crescent, four women went on retreat after taking Father Leo Thomas's class on the Healing Ministry. These four were Sister Mary Matthew, Sister Frances, Sister Sioban, and Charlotte Saunders. With their motto of "Every Disciple Has a Disciple" two years later there were eight, and the St. Joseph Prayer / Healing Retreat grew. They met in the convent at Port Angeles for several years, then at some of the homes of those interested in helping out with the leadership with the healing ministry. After awhile they met at the various Church halls in Port Angeles, Sequim and Port Townsend. Art and Lucetta Halls became involved through helping out at Sequim. The retreat was held a few times at Fort Ludlow, Port Townsend. It was also held at Doctor Don Bettger's place a few times, and at Bremerton. Dan and Susie Zimsen became involved at Bremerton. It was also held at North Shore Campgrounds at Lake Crescent where they stayed in little cabins. Then they moved to Camp David, and were there in 1983, on the west end of Lake Crescent, until it got too small. They held the retreat at Spokane for a few years. They met at one fort that was not too satisfactory, and then settled on Fort Worden in 1990. Art and Lucetta took over the management of the retreat until 2011 when Art stepped down and Kathy Moore took over. The average number of attendees is now around 120, which increases from time to time to as many as 200.