Friday, May 6, 2016

Spirituality of the Arts--A One-Day Retreat

Spirituality of the Arts
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A Day of Reflection on the Gifts and Ministry
of Creative People
Sunday June 5, 2016
Presented by 
Alfred J. Garrotto

A guided reflection on the intimate relationship between artists and the Divine Spirit. Designed for professional and aspiring actors, composers, dancers, fine artists, musicians, playwrights, writers, et al., whose gifts uplift humankind and lead audiences to discovery of life’s higher meaning. Participants will explore the source of their gifts and inspirations and the joy of sharing them. Attendees of all faith are welcome.

Alfred J. Garrotto grew up in a theatrical family. He began working in films (crowd scenes) at the age of seven. As an adult, life detoured him into Roman Catholic ministry. He is the author of 11 books, seven of which are novels.

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.
Program is from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Lunch included.
Sunday Mass will be celebrated for those who wish to participate.
Cost: $55

make a reservation By mail
Please send a check for the full amount to:
San Damiano Retreat
P. O. Box 767
710 Highland Drive
Danville, CA 94526-0767
or by Phone: (925) 837-9141

(on the Event Calendar, go to June 2016,
click on June 5)

Thursday, April 7, 2016

An Interview with bereavement counselor Alfred Fleischer

I am pleased to share with my readers a conversation I had recently with Alfred Fleischer, a well-known grief counselor. Over the past 30+ years, he has helped mourners who have lost a loved one deal with their grief--and survive. 

WLM: How did you initially discover and feel called to grief ministry?

Sunday, March 27, 2016

An Easter Interview With Author Judith Ingram

Judith IngramI am pleased to offer an inspiring Easter gift to my readers. Judith Ingram, my friend and colleague in the California Writers Club, Mount Diablo Branch, is an award-winning author of inspirational books. Her novels, including the  Moonseed Trilogy, draw on her training as a counselor and her love of story to create realistic characters, who grapple with deep and significant themes. Her non-fiction work, including A Devotional Walk with Forgiveness, weaves together principles of her Christian faith and her experience of growing through the painful and limiting consequences of an abusive childhood.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

My Favorite Reads of 2015

Let me share with you my three favorite books of the past year. It isn't required that the book be published in the current year. Often, by happenstance, I stumble upon a book written some time ago. Better discovered late than not at all. Here are my best reads of 2015.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Reprint of a Judith Marshall Interview

Judith Marshall
Author and Interviewer Judith Marshall: Alfred J. Garrotto is an example of a prolific writer who has experienced both traditional and self-publishing. His genres are as varied as his publishing experiences.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Face of God

“[In 1987 a newspaper photographer was sent to Ecuador to cover a devastating earthquake there. In the midst of incredible suffering, he witnessed a scene that moved him deeply. This is what he wrote.]

Thursday, October 1, 2015

"Sagrada"--A Documentary Film

Of all the posts on this blog site, the one that has garnered far and away the most views is my Nov. 13, 2010 reflection, “Sagrada Familia: Favorite Church Comes Alive” ( People from every part of the globe have entered the halls of this site to share their interest and devotion to this basilica-in-progress. Since my second visit to Barcelona and this amazing work of faith and perseverance in 2009, the main body of the church has been completed. On July 11, 2010, Pope Benedict XI traveled to the site for its opening Mass and dedication (

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Monday, December 15, 2014

Senior But Not Retired: Editor Carol Smallwood Interview

Related imageCarol Smallwood, co-editor of the anthology, Writing After Retirement: Tips from Successful Retired Writers, recently interviewed me about my career as a senior--but not retired--writer.