Francis House of Prayer

TrenTON DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL CENTER

THE ARTIST’S WAY:
WALKING IN THIS WORLD
         
9 Mondays      9:30 – 11:00 AM

            September 11   November 27    February 5
            October 2          December 18    March 5
            October 30        January 15        April 9

Julia Cameron does it again!  For those who have participated in The Artist’s Way (above), the journey to recovering God’s gift of your creative self continues in Walking In This World.  Donation $105, includes book.  Led by Jill Snyder.


PERSONAL RETREAT DAYS
         Wednesdays    9:30 AM – 2:30 PM


            September 13    December 6      April 11
            October 11         January 10        May 9
            November 8       February 7        June 6
                                        March 7


Not a series.  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.


THE 12 STEPS
A PATH TO RECOVERY
         
9 Thursdays     9:00 – 10:30 AM

            September 14     December 7      March 8
            October 5            January 11        April 12
            November 9        February 8        May 10

The 12 Steps are for all of us, as we all have attachments and addictions and we all desire freedom from them.  This Program will take us through the traditional 12 Steps that teach us to rely on God as our Liberator from our unhealthy habits.  We will also use The Recovery Bible and accompanying workbook to help us pray with scripture related to each Step.  If you’ve always wanted to do a 12 Step program but just haven’t had the opportunity, please come and give God a chance to set you free.  Led by Mary DeJoseph and Deacon Bill Wilson.  Donation: $25 for the books and a Love Offering for each session.


THOMAS KEATING AT HIS BEST
           
9 Thursdays     11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

            September 14      December 7     March 8
            October 5             January 11       April 12
            November 9         February 8        May 10

Trappist Monk, Fr. Thomas Keating, is probably the greatest teacher of prayer and spiritual master of our time.  He has practiced and taught contemplative prayer like no other.  We are going to receive his instruction through his recent video series.  Fr. Keating’s wisdom, depth, humility and intimate relationship with God will strengthen and encourage us as we continue our journey during our troubled times.  We will conclude each session with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer.  Donation: $175, includes The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living by Fr. Keating and The Heart of Centering Prayer by Cynthia Bourgeault.  If you can, make a day of it by attending the St. John of the Cross series at 1:30 PM.


FRIDAY MORNING RETREAT
A YEAR OF GRACE AND PRAYER

         9 Fridays          9:15AM – 12:00 PM
            
            September 15    December 1      March 2
            October 13         January 5         April 6
            November 3       February 2        May 11

Is God inviting you into a deeper relationship at this point in your precious life?  Do you desire to enhance or enlarge your experience of prayer?  Are you able to come to Francis House one Friday morning each month?  I so hope you can and will, as this monthly program will be rich in grace.  We will focus on a different kind of prayer each month and you will receive materials and/or books to help you practice and enjoy it for the month.  We will also include two 20-minute centering prayer periods and some quiet time for reflection within this morning retreat.  Donation: $225, includes all books/materials.


LIVING CONTEMPLATIVELY
         9 Saturdays     9:15 AM – 3:30 PM
            
            September 16    December 2     March 3
            October 14        January 6          April 7
            November 4       February 3       May 12

This program calls out to those who desire to live more contemplatively in the world, to grow in union with God and others, and to become more aware, intentional, and free.  God liberates us and heals us through the practice of contemplative prayer.  Wonderful spiritual reading will support our contemplative prayer throughout the year.  It’s worth a day a month and an hour a day.  Bring a bag lunch.  Tuition: $325


MORNINGS WITH MERTON
DELIGHT IN THE BEAUTY OF GOD’S CREATION

          4 Mondays      9:00 – 11:00 AM

             September 18     November 13
             October 16          December 4

Open your eyes, ears and hearts to God’s glory in nature.  Let God catch you by surprise with His creation.  No day is ever the same when we are aware of God’s gifts.  We will reflect on Thomas Merton’s nature writings collected in When the Trees Say Nothing and let his words inspire us to be more attentive to the love of God vibrating through nature everywhere.  Then we will spend some time outdoors at Francis House enjoying what God has created and reflecting on God as a loving Creator.  All is a gift of God that helps each one of us to know, love and serve God with joy and gratitude.  Donation: $60, includes book

LEARNING TO DISCERN BY LISTENING TO YOUR BODY’S WISDOM
         
9 Tuesdays      9:15 – 11:30 AM

            September 19    December 19    March 13
            October 17         January 16       April 17
            November 14     February 13      May 15

Our bodies have a certain wisdom in them that, if we learn to listen, can be invaluable in discerning what is real and from God.  Our bodies know the truth.  Our bodies carry within them all that we have ever experienced.  All are welcome as we learn to pay attention to the God-given wisdom contained within our very selves.  This practice is sometimes called Bio-Spiritual Focusing, that is, finding the Spirit at work in your body.  Donation $175, includes book.


FRIENDS OF ST. TERESA OF AVILA
FIRE WITHIN

            9 Wednesdays 9:00 – 11:00 AM

            September 20    December 13    March 21
            October 18         January 17       April 18
            November 15     February 21      May 16

St. Teresa has the great gift of writing about her relationship with God in such a way that helps us know that intimacy with God is an invitation and gift to us all.  Come join us as Teresa leads us on our journey to full union with God.  This journey is for all of us.  Each session will also include 20 minutes of contemplative prayer and part of a video on Teresa’s Interior Castle.  We will read Thomas Dubay’s Fire Within between sessions.  Donation: $175, includes book.  If you can, stay for the Thérèse Series on the same days.  In between the two sessions those who wish will view the video series on St. Teresa of Avila’s life.  I hope you can stay!

CHOOSING HOPE IN TROUBLED TIMES
           
Saturday, September 30           9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Do you believe that hope is both a gift to ask for and a virtue to practice?  If you do, please come.  St. Ignatius of Loyola offers us many tools for living peacefully within while trouble prevails around us.  We will use his Rules for Discernment coupled with a daily discernment practice to help us choose and safeguard hope within us during these troubled times.  Can you give a Saturday for your own growth in peace and hope?  Donation: $25, includes lunch and materials.


THE LOVING-KINDNESS PRAYER,
CENTERING PRAYER AND THE LABYRINTH
           
Sunday, October 1      9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

My hopes for this morning, which happens to be the feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, are many.  I want to introduce you to the loving-kindness prayer, which fills us with compassion for ourselves and others.  We will have two 20-minute centering prayer sessions, and walk the labyrinth, too.  We will practice the loving-kindness prayer often throughout the day, so it can become part of you, and you can readily use it in the car, while taking a walk, or even while falling asleep at night.  This will be a wonderful Sabbath time for you.  
Donation: Love Offering


GROUP HEALTH COACHING
JOURNEYING WITH GOD TOWARDS HEALTH
           
6 Mondays      9:30 – 11:30 AM
               October 2, 16, 30       November 13, 27       December 11

We all know that making healthy changes to our diet and lifestyle can create the vibrant health we want in our lives.  God created our bodies to be healthy, strong, and resilient.  What we may not know, is how to make those changes.  Whatever is going on in your busy, stress-filled life impacts your weight, your health and how you feel about yourself. 
This program is a non-diet, God-centered, whole-life approach to making small changes that create lasting results in health and wellness.  Group coaching develops connections, gives confidence, and motivates you to develop solutions to meet your health challenges, all while feeling like you are having fun at a social event!  What will next year look like if you start investing in your future health right now?  Program includes materials and phone or email support between sessions.  Presented by Colleen McNally, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.  Limited to 5 persons.  Register early.  Donation: $150.

  

CELEBRATE ST. FRANCIS
LORD, MAKE ME AN INSTRUMENT OF YOUR PEACE
           
Wednesday, October 4           9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Let’s have a wonderful celebration of St. Francis.  We will begin with liturgy in our portiuncula (outdoor chapel) on this great feast and follow with an inspiring film by Bishop Robert Barron on St. Francis. You will feel like you are in Assisi! We will proceed to spend some time outdoors, weather permitting, to walk the labyrinth and enjoy the beauty of creation as Francis would insist.  We will close with a delicious lunch to continue to celebrate St. Francis at Francis House. You will receive Murray Bodo’s delightful classic on Francis, The Journey and the Dream, to further your enjoyment of St. Francis.  Donation: $30, includes lunch and book.

UNCEASING PRAYER
THE WAY OF THE PILGRIM
           
Friday, October 6        9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Life is above all, a pilgrimage!  Most of us find ourselves praying on the run, pleading for help as we move about frantically from one urgent task to the next.  During this retreat we will follow the advice of the pilgrim in the classic “The Way of the Pilgrim” whose mastery of the Jesus Prayer fulfilled his desire for unceasing prayer.  We will also view “The Way,” a film depicting the conversion experience of 4 pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain.  I am hoping that this retreat experience will quench our thirst for prayer and help each of us on our life’s pilgrimage to peace, healing and union with God.  Donation: $30, includes book, lunch, movie & popcorn!

THE ARTIST’S WAY:
DISCOVERING & RECOVERING YOUR CREATIVE SELF

            13 Mondays    9:30 – 11:00 AM

            October 9          December 11      March 12
            October 23        January 8           March 26
            November 6      January 29         April 16
            November 20    February 12        April 30
                                       February 26

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 $150, includes book.  Led by Jill Snyder.

TUESDAY MORNING SABBATH TIME

FINDING GOD IN CREATION
            Tuesday, October 10   9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


We will enter into this retreat by praying together St. Francis’ Canticle of the Sun to set the tone for the morning.  The rest of the time is yours to enjoy the natural beauty of Francis House by using the labyrinth, the portiuncula (our outdoor chapel), and the woods for your meeting places with God.  Do you need some time away with yourself and God?  How about taking a Tuesday Morning Sabbath?  Led by Jill Snyder. A delicious lunch follows.  Donation: $20, includes lunch.


LETTING GO
EVERY SEASON BRINGS A CHANGE
            Wednesday, October 25         9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


"Leaves don't drop, they just let go and make a place for seeds to grow.  Every season brings a change; a seed is what a tree contains. To die and live is life's refrain.” (Carrie Newcomber) Autumn leaves, letting go, living fully into this mysterious pattern of our life journey is the focus of our day of reflection, prayer and sharing.  Using nature as our guide, we will have an opportunity to enter more consciously into the hidden transformation that God evokes in us as we respond to the subtle invitations of God to join with creation in letting go.  Led by Joann Caramanico.  Donation: $20, includes lunch.


THEN SINGS MY SOUL
            Wednesday, November 1       9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


“The aim and purpose of all music is none other than the Glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” (J.S. Bach) Deep within each of us is an Eternal Song waiting to be sung.  Come spend the day in the embrace of music, song, in harmony with others and within ourselves as together we pray our way to the love that longs to sing our soul into being.  We will engage in a variety of music/prayer experiences.  No musical training is necessary to attend.  “There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.” (William P. Merrill) Donation: $20, includes lunch.


CLASSIC IGNATIAN MEDITATIONS
            Thursday, November 2            9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


At the heart of the Spiritual Exercises are two classic meditations by St. Ignatius: The Principle and Foundation and The Contemplation for Learning to Love Like God.  I would love for you to experience them and their amazing power for consolation, clarity and peace.  We will spend the day praying with them.  You will receive additional materials to further your prayer.  Give it a try!  You won’t be sorry.  What a great way to pray on All Souls Day!  Donation: $25, includes lunch and materials.


TEILHARD’S MYSTICISM
EMERGING SPIRITUALITY IN A CHAOTIC WORLD
            Sunday, November 5        9:30 AM – 2:30 PM


The universe we live in is dynamic, creative, and beautiful. Steeping ourselves in its dynamism, sensing its evolutionary direction, and sinking into its beauty, we come to know a divine immanent presence alive and active in the universe as well as a divine transcendent presence drawing us ever into the future.  In our time together, we will consider how the universe reveals the presence of our creator God and how we can become continually more conscious of our part in its ongoing evolution.  Presenter: Sister Kathy Duffy, SSJ, PhD.  Donation: $35.  Please bring a bag lunch.


SUNDAY MORNING RETREAT TIME
            Sunday, November 19      9:30 AM – 12:30 PM


How about giving God an entire Sunday Morning?  You will love it and God will, too!  We will use lectio divina and centering prayer throughout the morning and end with liturgy at 11:30 AM.  What a refreshing and centering way to start a busy week!  Donation:  Love Offering.


ADVENT RETREAT DAY
ABANDONMENT TO DIVINE PROVIDENCE
            Tuesday, November 28           9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Advent is such a special season of grace, often lost in the shuffle of the Christmas rush!  We will travel through Advent this year with Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean Pierre de Caussaude with a commentary by Dennis Billy.  This classic on trust in God’s goodness and providence is a perfect fit for the anxiety of our times.  I am certain that your Advent Season will be greatly enriched by this choice.  I can’t think of a better way to enjoy this holy time!  Donation $35, includes book and lunch.


THE CHALLENGE OF TRANSITIONS
            Wednesday, November 29     9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Transition is defined as the act of passing from one state or place to the next or an event that results in transformation.  Scripture is full of stories of people in transition and the fidelity of God through these sacred moments.  This day will provide an opportunity to come together for input, times of quiet prayer and sharing with others as we open to the sacredness of times of transition in our own lives and God’s invitation into this process with us.  Led by: Joann Caramanico.  Donation: $20, includes lunch.


BE BORN IN ME
MAKE MY HEART YOUR BETHLEHEM
            Wednesday, December 20      9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


This retreat morning will allow you the time and space to celebrate Christmas spiritually, as most of us do not have that opportunity on the day itself.  Spending this time with God makes a huge difference in the final days before Christmas, as you continue your preparation for the feast and will enhance your entire Christmas Season.  “I’ll hold you in the beginning, you will hold me in the end.  Every moment in the middle, make my heart your Bethlehem.  Be Born in Me.” (Battistelli) Please come.  Donation: $20, lunch included.


END OF THE YEAR RETREAT
            Sunday, December 31 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM


Since God gives us life and time and is Lord over all, it seems appropriate to end the year in prayer.  Francis House offers time, space and quiet for naming the graces of 2017 and expressing gratitude to God.  The afternoon will focus on our goals, hopes and desires for 2018.  We will bring the day to a close with a celebration of our Sunday Liturgy.  Please bring a bag lunch.  Love Offering.

GIFT CERTIFICATES

Gift Certificates for any amount are always available if you would like to treat someone to a retreat or program at Francis House.  Call if interested, or get one when you come.  A great birthday present!​

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."

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