Veteran’s spouse, significant others healing workshop to be in Paradise Valley

(Photo by U.S. Army Flickr)

(Photo by U.S. Army Flickr)

An Anglican priest is returning to the Franciscan Renewal Center in Paradise Valley to conduct a residential Healing of Memories Workshop for the spouses and significant others of veterans Oct. 16-18.

The workshop is to be free of charge, including all meals and two nights lodging on 25 acres of beautiful desert surroundings nestled between Camelback and Mummy Mountains, according to a press release

It begins with dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, and ends at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, according to the press release.

Funding for this workshop is provided by the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation in honor of Father Ray Bucher, OFM, stated the release.

The Healing of Memories Workshop was created by Father Michael Lapsley, an Anglican missionary priest, who in 1990 suffered the loss of his hands and the sight in one eye from a letter bomb that was sent to him in Zimbabwe by a supporter of the pro-apartheid government in South Africa, the release stated.

After a long recovery from the bombing, Father Lapsley decided to dedicate his life to helping victims of emotional, psychological and spiritual wounds inflicted by war, human rights abuses and other traumatic circumstances.

This workshop is dedicated to those who share the grief, loss and trauma of war experienced by their spouses and significant others, stated the release.

Space will be limited to 24 participants, according to the release.

Any spouse or significant other of a veteran who is interested in the workshop may find out more information or register free for the workshop by contacting the workshop program manager, Mike Wold, a Navy Vietnam veteran, at 651-687-9767 or e-mail:

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