Francis House of Prayer

TrenTON DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL CENTER

FRIDAY MORNING RETREAT
THE INTERIOR CASTLE OF ST. TERESA


     6 Fridays     9:15 AM – 12:00 PM
     January 3     March 6      May 1
     February 7     April 3      May 29


This year we will use St. Teresa’s Interior Castle for the content of our Friday mornings.  Each month we will focus on one of her 7 dwelling places as a means of understanding and experiencing the dynamic of the spiritual journey. The morning will also include two 20-minute sessions of contemplative prayer, time for some quiet reflection and a 20-minute video on the Interior Castle by Keith Egan. Donation: $150, includes book.


LIVING CONTEMPLATIVELY

     6 Saturdays      9:15 AM – 3:30 PM
     January 4     March 7     May 2
     February 8     April 4     May 30

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. Donation: $240.


CLASSICS ON CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER

     6 Tuesdays     6:30 – 8:30 PM
     January 7     March 3      May 5
     February 4     April 7      June 2 
         
Treat yourself to an evening of prayer each month. Grow in the practice of contemplative prayer by coming to these monthly sessions.  The evenings include two 20-minute contemplative prayer periods, some prayer with Scripture, God Is Love DVD Series by Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO with An Invitation to Contemplative Love and Into the Silent Land, between sessions.  This is a wonderful group of pray-ers.  All are welcome! Donation: $100, includes books.


HONORING YOUR CONTEMPLATIVE SOUL
THE BEST OF THOMAS KEATING


     6 Thursdays     10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
     January 9      March 5     April 30
     February 6     April 2       May 21


During this 2-hour session each month, we will combine the teachings of Trappist Monk, Fr. Thomas Keating on contemplation with our discussion of his classics on contemplative prayer, Intimacy with God and Invitation to Love. We will conclude each session with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer. This program is particularly for those who desire to deepen their practice of contemplative prayer, or centering prayer as we sometimes call it. Donation: $125, includes both books. If you can, make a day of it by attending the St. John of the Cross series at 1:30 PM. 


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 at 10:30 AM.


FRIENDS OF ST. TERESA OF AVILA

     6 Wednesdays     9:30 – 11:30 AM
     January 15     March 11     May 6
     February 12     April 8     June 10

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.  This year we will focus on her autobiography.  Each session will also include 20 minutes of contemplative prayer.  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.


A LONG LOVING LOOK AT THE REAL
WHAT IS CONTEMPLATION?


      Monday, February 10     9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Contemplation has been described by Fr. Walter Burghardt, SJ, as “a long loving look at the real.”  We will spend time in this retreat discovering how God invites each of us to a quiet stillness within, where Truth resides.  We will use the wisdom of Thomas Merton, St. Teresa of Avila, Thomas Keating and the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing to lead us in our experience of contemplation.  Donation: $25, includes lunch and materials.


CENTERING PRAYER WEEKEND RETREAT

     February 28 – March 1      7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday

A Centering Prayer weekend provides the time, space and discipline needed to experience the inner stillness which occurs when given the opportunity for frequent centering prayer periods alone and in common.  John of the Cross refers to “restful tranquility” and “solitary quietude” when speaking of contemplation.  Jesus says, “Come to me all you who are weary, and you will find rest for your souls.”  (Mt. 11:28)   Donation: $150/$50 non-refundable deposit.  Commuters welcome, all meals included.


CONTEMPLATING GOD IN NATURE
WITH MERTON AS OUR GUIDE


      Wednesday, April 22     9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Open your eyes, ears and hearts to God’s glory in nature.  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 $25, includes lunch.


WANDER INTO THE WILD


      Monday, May 11     9:30 AM – 2:30 PM


Can I let my guard down and simply be myself when I spend time with God?  Walking in the woods is like wandering into the wild with God.  If I remain open, God will lead me through unexplored territories and offer fresh perspectives to perplex and delight me.  We will pray with the psalms using Thomas Merton’s book, Bread in the Wilderness.  Also, a portion of the day will be spent outdoors practicing being attentive to God’s Presence in nature through the Awareness Exercise.  Donation: $30, includes lunch.


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. 

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!


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