Monsignor Stephen C. Bosso is AIM's spiritual director, serving as speaker and homilist at AIM retreats and directing retreat discussions. He is a priest of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee and a faculty member at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. He previously served as the seminary's rector and is a professor of Sacred Scriptures and Homiletics.
Msgr. Bosso, who has a doctorate in Homiletics, has been awarded the Marten Visiting Faculty Fellowship in Preaching at the University of Notre Dame for the Fall 2021 semester. The Marten Project promotes excellence in preaching and involves his being an instructor in Notre Dame's Masters of Divinity degree program. Msgr. Bosso will continue to speak at AIM's online retreats while at Notre Dame.
Msgr. Bosso has a special connection with the AIM ministry going back to the 1980s. Asked why he is so committed to the AIM ministry, Msgr. Bosso says, “When I was approached by the founders of the ministry and learned about the service it provides to individuals with disabilities and volunteers, I found a natural connection and I knew in my heart and soul that this was a ministry for me. It is a joy and honor to serve as AIM’s spiritual director.”
AIM also has guest priests who serve as spiritual directors at retreats when Msgr. Bosso is unavailable.
Msgr. Stephen Bosso and longtime AIM member Kevin Donnelly at a recent retreat and one decades ago.
The nine-member team plans each AIM retreat and gathers the necessary spiritual, logistical, human and financial resources.
Retreat "buddies" provide one-on-one assistance during in-person retreats to help participants overcome the obstacles posed by their vision, hearing, speech, mobility or other physical disabilities.
Retreat "angels" assist with miscellaneous needs that arise during in-person retreats, ensuring the smooth running of retreat activities.
AIM counts on the generosity of others to help defray the costs of its weekend retreats, so potential participants are not turned away for financial reasons.
Through the years, AIM has benefitted from the generosity of the Knights of Columbus, the Columbiettes, the Sisters of Mercy and many caring individuals who have given in accordance with their means.
Most recently, an AIM volunteer who is a realtor generously donated his commission on the sale of a house to the ministry and promises to do so again.
In June 2021, the Notre Dame Club of Boca Raton received the Notre Dame University Alumni Association's Chuck and Joan Lennon Gospel of Life Initiative Prize to support the AIM ministry.
AIM is very grateful to the organizations and individuals who make our retreats possible.
You can help continue the mission of AIM to provide a Catholic-based retreat experience to adults with physical disabilities. Your contribution will allow individuals to participate regardless of their financial situation.
AIM is an outreach ministry of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Boca Raton, Florida. For more information about AIM, or to receive email alerts about future retreats, call or send an email.
Margarita Castellon, Core Team leader (954) 821-6077 or AIMretreatministry@gmail.com