Francis House of Prayer

TrenTON DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL CENTER

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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February 2019

THE GIFT OF LIFE & LIFE ETERNAL
       “I have come that you may have life
        and have it to the full.” (Jn. 10:10)

        2 Fridays, February 8 & 15        9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

At some level we are always preparing for death.  It is always before us. The dying process is the culmination or peak of development – the whole development of the spiritual journey in which the total surrender into God involves the gift of life itself. Death is perhaps the most complete surrender. For that reason, it is not death, but life, a movement into a fullness that we can’t imagine. We are called by God to enter into the transformative process, to open to a new reality that is our True Self and beyond…to the image and the likeness of God. This discovery of ourselves is always a losing of ourselves – a death and resurrection.  Yet this is the fullness of life itself, a life abiding in the grace and truth of Christ in whom we are being built together into the dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Father Thomas Keating, via tape, will lead us through this 2-part retreat.  His final days and years were filled with wisdom that we all need as God prepares us for the awesome road ahead.  Donation:  $25 a session, lunch included.


SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT WEEKEND
        7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday
          February 8 – 10        

Due to the frantic pace of contemporary life, it is essential for our spiritual and physical health to take time to pray.  A weekend directed retreat offers you the opportunity to experience the graced rhythm of life in which silence and rest restore your body and God revives your soul.  Liturgy, spiritual direction and optional contemplative prayer periods are included.  Please register early.  These fill quickly. Donation: $130/$50 non-refundable deposit with registration.


DELIGHT IN GOD
WITH ST. HILDEGARD OF BINGEN

        3 Mondays              9:30 – 11:30 AM
          February 11       March 11          April 8

Connect with God through the inspirations of St. Hildegard of Bingen who came to know God deeply through Scripture, nature, music…just to name a few.  This most recent woman Doctor of the Church offers us simple ways to be more aware of God’s generous love.  Led by Jill Snyder.  Donation: $35, includes materials.


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.


PERSONAL RETREAT DAY
        Wednesday,   February 13    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.  Come to as many as you can.  Donation: $10; $40 with spiritual direction.  Please bring a bag lunch.


VALENTINE’S EVENING FOR COUPLES
      Thursday, February 14              5:00 – 8:00 PM

Liturgy, renewal of marriage vows and a full course dinner highlight this most enjoyable way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The evening will focus on celebrating the love between you and growing in gratitude and joy.  Mass starts at 5 PM.  Sign up early! Limited to 12 couples.  Presider: Rev. Michael Kennedy. Donation: $50/couple with registration.


THE CONTEMPLATIVE APPROACH TO
​SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

        February 15 – 17    7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday

This retreat is designed for Intern and Certified Spiritual Directors.  We will explore and practice the art of helping another to experience deeply the movements of grace given by God.  Donation: $150. Residents and commuters welcome.  Meals are included for all.


​MONDAYS WITH MERTON

       4 Mondays              9:30 – 11:30 AM
       February 25        March 25     April 29        May 13

Thomas Merton will continue to be our guide to living life in the Spirit.  Throughout the winter and spring, we will enjoy Merton’s thoughts and wisdom in his book, No Man Is an Island.  Time will also be given to experience Lectio Divina and contemplative prayer.   Led by Jill Snyder.  Donation: $65, includes book.