Gathering of Recovery Ministries taking place in Miami, Apr. 12-14

Pictured (l-r) are The Annual Gathering committee members Rev. Ann Goraczko, Rev. Charles Humphries, Jacqueline Lowe, Teresita Calero, Jack Geist and Wendy Barraco. (Not pictured: Rev. Paul A. Rasmus and James Carlton)

The Annual Gathering, hosted by Recovery Ministries — an independent, nationwide network of Episcopal laity and clergy, dioceses and parishes, schools, agencies and other institutions — will address the effects of addiction, in all of its forms, in relation to the church’s mission.

The 2012 Annual Gathering of the Recovery Ministries will take place Apr. 12-14, hosted by the Diocese of Southeast Florida, at the historic Trinity Cathedral in Miami.

Once a year, the different diocesan recovery committees, from throughout the United States, meet to exchange ideas and learn about different aspects of addiction recovery by gathering together. The theme, this year, due to the tropical location of Miami, is “Life’s a Beach, Come Celebrate Recovery on Ours.”

In 2012, the national Gathering will take place in Miami. There are expected to be groups from all corners of the nation and everywhere in between. There will be workshops by leading recovery experts, but also time to have fun with other like-minded persons. The workshops are open to anyone in the community who might be interested. The Gathering is not a strictly religious event. Current members will be in attendance, and new members will be sure to partake, due to the location of the event in South Florida.

In addition to the serious nature of the event, one of the reasons for the Gathering is to place an emphasis on having a good time with the various activities related to the event and the area, leaving a positive memory of Miami for the outof- town participants.

Recovery too often is seen as a harsh and uninviting topic. The mission of the Gathering is to show, by example, that recovery also is truly happy, joyous and free.

“This is a fantastic event for the local community and the participating addiction specialists,” said Jack Geist, chair of the Gathering. “New friendships made and new ideas heard bring wonderful value to this exceptional learning experience.”

For more information about sponsorships or event registration, visit the website at or contact Jack Geist at 786-218-9007.

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