Francis House of Prayer

TrenTON DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL CENTER

WELCOME TO OUR NEW HOME
OPEN HOUSE


       3 Sundays     2:00 – 4:00 PM
       January 12        March 1        May 10


Come for a visit, to explore this holy place and make it your home, and a new meeting place for God and you.  Just look around, visit our chapel, and see the beautiful grounds surrounding our new Francis House of Prayer! All are welcome!


TEILHARD READING GROUP

      6 Fridays     1:00 – 2:30 PM
     January 3     March 6     May 1
     February 7     April 3     May 29

Our study of Teilhard continues this year with the reading of Teilhard’s Struggle, by Sister Kathy Duffy, SSJ and The Universal Christ, by Richard Rohr, OFM.  Please join our lively discussions about Teilhard’s vision of God’s plan for the ongoing growth and evolution of all creation into full union with God in Christ.  Donation: $125, includes books. 


THE UNIVERSAL CHRIST

     6 Mondays      1:00 – 2:30 PM 
     January 6     March 2     April 27
     February 3     March 30     May 18

Enjoy discovering Christ who is at the center of our lives and who permeates all creation throughout the universe.  Richard Rohr, OFM, draws on Scriptures, mystics, and saints to show how the love of God is at the heart of everything in the cosmos.  Donation: $90, includes book.


THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF ST. IGNATIUS


      6 Wednesdays     3:00 – 4:30 PM
      January 8     March 4     April 29
      February 5     April 1     May 20


The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises change lives and the Jesuit Monty Williams has an insightful and creative expression of them. The Exercises are well worth your time and energy. What a wonderful gift to yourself for 2020!  I hope you will join us. Donation: $150, includes 2 books.


STUDY OF ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS

      6 Thursdays     1:30 – 3:30 PM
      January 9     March 5     April 30
      February 6     April 2      May 21

John is all about God and God’s insatiable desire and pursuit of us. He is about love and union with God, not asceticism or annihilation as popularly believed. We continue our study of St. John this year by reading John’s Spiritual Canticle and Iain Matthew’s  John of the Cross, Seasons of Prayer. We end with 20 minutes of centering prayer.  Donation: $125, includes book.  If you can, make a day of it by attending the Thomas Keating series from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.


WEDNESDAYS WITH JULIAN OF NORWICH
THE DRAWING OF THIS LOVE


     6 Wednesdays     1:00 – 2:30 PM
     January 15       March 11        May 6
     February 12      April 8           June 10


This program is in response to a special request from some lovers of Julian.  Julian of Norwich is one of those women mystics whose message has lasted over the centuries.  She is best known for her quote, “All shall be well; all manner of things shall be well.”  Julian offers confidence in confusion, calm in chaos, and soothing for the soul, because she is utterly focused on Jesus and his healing for us all.  She is easy to understand and surprisingly relevant to our times.  I’m looking forward to a great year under Julian’s care.  If this Wednesday time works for you, please come. We will use The Drawing of This Love, for our reading between sessions. Donation: $125, includes book.


MONDAYS WITH MERTON


      4 Mondays     1:00 – 2:30 PM
      January 27      February 24     March 23        April 20


Thomas Merton will be our guide to the contemplative way of life.  In this series, we will use his book, Choosing to Love the World: On Contemplation.  Time will also be given to experience Lectio Divina and contemplative prayer.  Donation: $75, includes book.


SUNDAY AFTERNOON RETREAT
LOVE COSTS EVERYTHING


      3:00 PM Liturgy
      Sunday, March 8     1:00 – 4:00 PM


In the Eucharistic Liturgy we participate in the Mystery of Christ pouring out His Body and Blood for the world.  As we view the film Of Gods and Men, we will witness that same unconditional love for others.  Please let this afternoon retreat become a part of your Lenten journey.  Donation: $15.


BEAUTY WILL SAVE THE WORLD
PROPHETIC VOICES FOR
A CHURCH & WORLD IN CRISIS


      Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS
      Sunday, March 15     1:00 – 4:00 PM


Saints and prophets appear throughout church history as forward-looking voices of confidence, hope and healing who help us through the uncomfortable process of change and reform. Using his own art and stories, Bro. Mickey will share glimpses of prophetic men and women from the margins whose unique and creative spirits can inspire us to become spiritually mature, let go of fear, and move forward in confidence and hope.  Donation: $25.


A FRESH LOOK AT THE SACRAMENTS
EVER ANCIENT, EVER NEW


      3:00 PM Liturgy
      Sunday, March 29     1:00 – 4:00 PM


Has our understanding and experience of the sacraments evolved through the years?  Let’s take a fresh look at them to see what they mean to us at this time in our lives and how they help us to keep our life in Christ central and fruitful.  We’ll conclude our afternoon with Liturgy at 3:00 PM.  What better way to spend the 5th Sunday of Lent!  Donation: Love Offering.

ANNUAL CLEANING PARTY


      Friday, May 22     1:00 – 4:00 PM
      
Please come and help us clean Francis House.  Bring your favorite cleaning supplies.   Please choose a 3-hour shift that is convenient for you and call 609-877-0509 with your choice. Actually, it’s fun!  Thanks so much. Breakfast & Lunch provided.​

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."

Afternoon Programs