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!
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TEILHARD READING GROUP
5 Fridays 1:00 – 2:30 PM
January 4 February 1 March 1 April 5 May 3
Our study of Teilhard continues this year with the reading of some of Teilhard’s essays from The Heart of Matter, along with Sister Kathy Duffy’s Teilhard’s Mysticism. 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. Donation: $90, includes book.
FRIDAYS WITH JULIAN OF NORWICH
THE DRAWING OF THIS LOVE
5 Fridays 4:30 – 6:00 PM
January 4 February 1 March 1 April 5 May 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 Friday time works for you, please come. Donation: $90, includes book.
THE ARTIST’S WAY
DISCOVERING & RECOVERING YOUR CREATIVE SELF
10 Mondays 3:00 – 4:30 PM
January 7 February 25 April 29
January 28 March 11 May 13
February 11 March 25 June 3
The spiritual path to higher creativity is an exciting journey for those who desire to cooperate with God’s liberation of their creative energies. Come to know the great dynamic of creativity that is God’s gift to you through our study of Julia Cameron’s classic on creative living, The Artist’s Way. Donation $125, includes book. Led by Jill Snyder.
FOLLOWING THE MYSTICS THROUGH
THE NARROW GATE
5 Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 PM
January 9 February 6 March 13 April 10 May 8
God made us with a longing that only God can satisfy. How can we access that place within where we know we are one with God, where there is a peace beyond our making? Can we learn to live our mystical lives, experiencing God’s Presence in all things? James Finley and Richard Rohr will lead us in their video series, first by helping us understand that we are all capable of a life of union with God and others. They touch a place within us that is hard to find on our own. James Finley particularly touches my soul. We will read An Invitation to the Contemplative Life by Thomas Merton between sessions throughout the year. Donation: $75, includes book.
HOW THE ORDINARY BECOMES EXTRAORDINARY
Monday, January 14 1:00 – 3:00 PM
The Examen Prayer is a daily prayer which opens us to God’s work in the daily experiences of life. We welcome you to enjoy learning this simple form of asking God to help you to review your day and to witness to the wonder and beauty of God’s revelation in the joys and sorrows in every day. Part of our morning will be given to a personal experience of this beautiful prayer with the help of ReImagining the Ignatian Examen by Mark Thibodeaux, SJ. Led by: Jill Snyder. Donation: $20, includes book.
CHRIST’S PRESENCE IN ALL
THE COSMIC CHRIST
5 Mondays 4:30 – 6:00 PM
January 14 February 4 March 4 April 1 May 6
Enjoy discovering Christ who is at the center of our lives and who permeates all creation throughout the universe. Ilia Delio, OSF, draws on mystics, saints and theologians to show how the love of God is at the heart of everything in the cosmos. Led by: Jill Snyder. Donation: $75, includes book.
Sundays 2:00 – 4:00 PM
January 20 April 28
March 10 May 19
All SSJ Associates please come! We will continue our study of SSJ Spirituality in order to take the charism of unity and reconciliation into our beloved world, which is in such great need of love. Come to as many as you can.
GOD’S LOVE UNFOLDS
4 Mondays 1:00 – 2:30 PM
February 11 March 11 April 8 May 13
Together we will discover God’s love unfolding in the universe story, which is our story. This 4-part series will open you to a discovery of the connectedness of everything. Nothing falls outside of God’s loving gaze. Explore your connection to God through contemplative prayer as well as the book, Field of Compassion - How the New Cosmology Is Transforming Spiritual Life by Judy Cannato. Led by Jill Snyder. Donation: $60, book included.
WISE AND HOLY WOMEN
BROTHER MICKEY MCGRATH, OSFS
Sunday, March 3 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Lent is a perfect time to pay loving attention to your inner contemplative. Join award winning artist and author, Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS, as he shares his paintings, stories and colorful insights inspired by the lives of women saints from Gospel days through modern times. Renew your hope and refresh your spirit in these troubling times with the help of these holy wisdom figures from across time and space. Presenter: Br. Mickey McGrath. Donation: $25
GROWING INTO COMPASSION
KEEPING OUR EYES ON JESUS
Sunday, March 10 1:00 – 4:00 PM
This Lenten reflection will invite us to see in Jesus the Compassion of God made visible for the sake of this world that our God so loves. As we journey with Jesus through death to new life, we too will confront our need to forgive, to reconcile, to risk the love that gives itself away to all – no exceptions – no withholding. The Spirit who filled Jesus lives in us, drawing us together into the Body of Christ; growing us into the very Compassion of God. What our world most needs, we have been created to become. Now is the time; Jesus is counting on us! Presenter: Sister Cathy Nerney, SSJ, Donation: $25.
MAINTAINING INTERIOR PEACE
3 Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:30 PM
March 13 March 27 April 10
We live in a day and age characterized by an extraordinary amount of agitation, fear and anxiety. This tendency manifests itself in our interior as well as our exterior lives. How can we find peace of heart and learn to respond graciously to the upsetting situations we must all face? This series takes place during Lent. Would you like to choose the practice of interior peace as the focus of your Lenten Journey? You will receive a small, readable book for your reflection between sessions. Donation: $50, includes book.
ANNUAL CLEANING PARTY
Friday, May 24 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Saturday, May 25 9:00 AM – Noon
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.
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