John K. Swift Renewal Day

Self-Compassion and Forgiveness: The Practice of Taking Care of the Caregiver



Father Warren J. Savage, Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Springfield, MA  

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The McAuley Auditorium  

Forgiveness means to liberate, to release from bondage; it means to let someone go free. As instruments of compassion, comfort and care, we need to tap into our well of intellectual, spiritual and emotional wisdom around self-compassion and forgiveness. We need to examine and talk about how to free ourselves from the inner grief, pain and hurts that lead to self-rejection, govern our behavior and make us act inhumanly towards others. We need to accept ourselves as we are, grow in self-love, self-compassion and learn how to forgive ourselves in order to open our hearts to become more understanding, accepting and forgiving towards others.

Conference Goals:  

  • To explore the spirituality and importance of forgiveness.
  • To examine some basic principles and steps towards self-compassion and self-forgiveness.
  • To identify what in our lives is in need of forgiveness and clarify how we offer forgiveness for ourselves and others.

Who should attend?  

  • Religious Leaders
  • Pastoral Visitors
  • Other Caregivers
  • Clergy, Pastors, Ministers, Students
  • Hospital Chaplains
  • Youth Ministers
  • Eucharistic Ministers
  • Pastoral Volunteers

Schedule of events  

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:00 - 10:15 a.m. “The Spirituality and Importance of Forgiveness”
10:45 - 12:00 p.m. “Self-Compassion and Self-Forgiveness”
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 p.m. “The Practice of Self-Compassion and Self-Forgiveness”
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Conference Facilitator:  

Father-Warren-SavageFather Warren J. Savage is a priest of the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts and President of Project Reach Out, a ministry focused on sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the churched and unchurched people of the Black Community. Father Savage is an international and national speaker, lecturer, and mission preacher, and does campus ministry outreach at Westfield State University, Amherst College, and Mount Holyoke College. He is on the faculty for the Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Formation Program and the Religious Studies Department of the College of Our Lady of the Elms, and also on the diocesan Committee for the Continuing Education, Formation, and Support of Clergy.

Father Savage is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, and the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus.

Fr. Savage is also the co-author of a series of lectionary-based meditation books that contain daily meditations, prayers, questions to ponder, as well as ways to put each daily Scripture reading into practice (Liguori Publications,


The McAuley, The Mercy Community
275 Steele Road, West Hartford, CT 06117
(860) 920-6300


$40 Seminarians and CPE Students
$45 General Public


Consult the map above. In addition, signage on the property will direct you to parking.

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To register online, please fill out the form below, or call Tahisha Durham at (860) 714-4308.

Classification:  Seminarians and CPE Students - $40
General Public - $45