Luncheon at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford Pool, Maine

Wayne and I had luncheon with Sister Aline yesterday at The Marie Joseph Spiritual Center. I had met with Sister Aline monthly for non-denominational counseling for almost two years, and my last session was in January. It was not long after then that I gravitated toward the Episcopalian Church and got baptized and confirmed. However, Sister Aline and the center will always be dear to me.

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Before it was a spiritual retreat, the center was the “Ocean View Hotel.”

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The main dining room where the nuns and guests dine is very vintage with mid-century Formica dinettes (hidden under the tablecloths) with a homey feel.

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There is also a smaller, quieter room…

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And a dining area on the porch…

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All of which have a stunning view of the grounds and sea.

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Sister Aline!

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While we were having lunch this family walked by outside the window. I had never seen baby geese until then.

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One of the libraries.

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Two large early chalkware statue lamps help illuminate the hallway leading to the chapel. Sister Aline said they have been there since the center first opened.

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A very vintage Exit sign.

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More information on the center and its offerings can be found on their website. You do not have to be Catholic, or even a Christian, to attend their retreats or use their counseling services, however the center, grounds, and parking lot is only open to guests/clients. 

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