Francis House of Prayer

TrenTON DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL CENTER

RETREAT OPPORTUNITIES

The following retreats are offered at Francis House:
       7-Day, 4-Day, 3-Day & Weekend Silent Directed Retreats
       7-Day and Weekend Contemplative Prayer Retreats
       1-Day Personal Retreats
       Weekend and 4-Day Guided Retreats (with content)


Each retreatant bedroom has a private bathroom. Francis House is surrounded by beautiful parks for walking and has a large outdoor
swimming pool for summer retreats!  Our pool opens June 14. Enjoy!


OUTDOOR RETREAT

PERSONAL RETREAT DAY

     Wednesday, June 3      9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Take a day away from the busyness of your life to rest a while in the Lord and experience God’s presence. Come to Francis House for silence, personal prayer and optional spiritual direction.  The day begins and ends with a brief prayer together.  Donation: $10; $40 with spiritual direction.  Please bring a bag lunch.


OUTDOOR RETREAT
TENDING TO GOD’S AFFECTION FOR YOU


      Friday, June 12   9 AM – 4 PM 

Come for a full day of silence and prayer. Maybe that’s just what the Divine Physician desires for you in order to tend to His affection for you.  Spiritual direction included if you wish. Donation: $40, includes breakfast and lunch.


​7 – DAY SILENT DIRECTED RETREATS

 
Begins 7:00 PM – Ends 10:00 AM

 
     July 8 – 15                (Wednesday to Wednesday)
     August 19 – 26         (Wednesday to Wednesday)
     September 20 – 27   (Sunday to Sunday)
     October 25 – Nov 1  (Sunday to Sunday)


Receive the healing and transforming grace of seven days with God, savoring the silence and prayer that opens your whole being to God’s Word and Presence. Daily Liturgy and Spiritual Direction and optional Contemplative Prayer periods are included.  Donation: $525; $60 non-refundable deposit.


4 – DAY RETREAT
IMAGES OF GOD IN TEILHARD AND MERTON


     Sister Kathleen Duffy, SSJ

     July 1 – 5       7:00 PM Wednesday to 10:00 AM Sunday

Sister Kathy Duffy returns to Francis House to lead us in prayer as we consider the role of the Divine in the ongoing creation of the universe. Contemporary mystics have described powerful images that address this. We will pray with these images, consider their relevance as we address the concerns of today’s world, and contemplate the presence of Divine Love at the heart of our ever-expanding Cosmos. Donation: $400/$60 non-refundable deposit. Commuters welcome, all meals included.

4 – DAY SILENT DIRECTED RETREATS

     Begins 7:00 PM – Ends 10:00 AM

     July 16 – 20          Thursday to Monday

     July 22 – 26          Wednesday to Sunday

     Donation: $300

3 – DAY SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT

     Begins 7:00 PM – Ends 10:00 AM

     July 28 – 31          Tuesday to Friday

     Donation: $225

7 – DAY CENTERING PRAYER RETREAT

     Begins 7:00 PM – Ends 10:00 AM

     August 2 – 9          Sunday to Sunday

A Centering Prayer retreat invites you to go more deeply into the silence and stillness, which facilitates growth in Contemplative Prayer and real attentiveness to God’s Word. The schedule provides many optional communal Centering Prayer periods, which are usually preceded by 20 minutes of Lectio Divina. Donation: $525; $60 non-refundable deposit with registration. 

OVERNIGHT RETREAT FOR WOMEN
RE-IMAGINING LIFE, ADJUSTING TO CHANGE


     August 12 – 13
     7 PM Wednesday – 4 PM Thursday

This retreat is for women over 50 who are adjusting to change in their lives. There are times in our life journey when we are visited with sudden or unwanted change. We will accept God’s invitation to re-imagine our lives and become aware of what brings hope and energy to this second half of life. God invites me to “Follow my bliss.” What am I passionate about now, and what is true for my authentic self? God is still creating me! Take some time for yourself and God before the summer ends. Commuters welcome: 7:00 – 9:00 PM Wednesday and 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Thursday. Donation: $75. Breakfast and lunch included for all. 

SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT WEEKEND


     7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday

     August 14 - 16

     Donation: $150/$50 non-refundable deposit with registration.

OVERNIGHT RETREAT
CONTEMPLATIVE CREATIVITY


     August 24 – 25

     1:00 PM Monday – 4 :00 PM Tuesday

Your creativity is God’s gift to you.  We will use exercises from The Artist’s Rule by Christine Valters Paintner to notice the contemplative nature of creativity and to be aware of how our Creator God calls each of us to co-create and bring beauty into the world. Please bring along your favorite tools (paints, knitting, clay, journals, garden tools, cooking ingredients) for your prayerful individual creative time. Donation: $85, all meals included.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION


Please register for all programs by calling 609-877-0509. Be sure to include your full name and PHONE NUMBER and the title of the program on our voice mail. Registering by phone is preferred!


If you wish to register by email, refer to "Contact Us."

Summer 2020 Retreats