Francis House of Prayer

TrenTON DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL CENTER

March 2019

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."

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


ASH WEDNESDAY RETREAT
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER
       
Wednesday, March 6              9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

We love beginning Lent together with this retreat at Francis House because it provides a gentle structure for the six-week journey ahead. This year I thought you would enjoy Journey to the Center by Father Thomas Keating to guide your Lenten prayer. Fr. Keating offers a short daily reflection which will help you make this Lent a special time of grace for you!  Liturgy is also included with the reception of ashes within it.  Donation: $35, includes lunch and a book for your 6-week Lenten journey


WALKING THE SACRED LENTEN PATH
YOUR OWN LENTEN RETREAT

        Thursday, March 7              6:30 – 8:30 PM

So many of us are overly busy, but still want to make Lent a holy, sacred time, even in the midst of the busyness.  This one night, on the second day of Lent might be just the thing for you.  If you can come for just one night, this is a good one. Walking the Sacred Path will offer you the opportunity to make your own retreat, day by day, throughout the season.  Your Lent will be so rich and deep, yet simple. Donation:  $30, includes book.


THE MATURING OF YOUR SOUL
PILGRIMAGE INTO THE LAST THIRD OF LIFE

        3 Fridays                 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
          March 8        April 12         May 17

To age is to transition into the last period of growth.  The invitation from God in the final years of life is to deeper intimacy, and to living more courageously, consciously and contemplatively from your soul, as you prepare for your eventual transition into new life.  We are offering a 3-part series that meets monthly for the 65+ who are in this most graced season of life.  Come to as many as you can.  No need to attend all three.  Donation: $25 per session, lunch included.  You will receive some reading material for between sessions, and relevant books will be available for you if you wish to purchase them.

SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT WEEKEND 
        7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday
        March 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.


SSJ ASSOCIATES
       
Sunday, March 10         2:00 – 4:00 PM

 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.


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.


THE PASSION AND THE CROSS
        Monday, March 11          9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

This Monday morning retreat in the first week of Lent will get your Lenten Season off to a good start.  Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, offers us new appreciation of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. His book will be of inestimable use to anyone who has ever suffered or struggled in life… which is to say, everyone.  Donation: $25, includes lunch and book.

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?  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.


LENTEN EVENING RETREAT
SACRED DARKNESS
ENCOUNTERING DIVINE LOVE IN LIFE’S DARKEST PLACES

        3 Wednesdays   6:00 – 8:00 PM
        March 13          March 27           April 10                 

This 3-part retreat will encourage us to overcome our fear of the dark by exploring the grace-filled role of darkness for the spiritual journey.  By learning to embrace darkness rather than run from it, we can experience God’s love in ways and in places where we would least expect it.  Nothing is impossible for God.  God brings light out of darkness.  How appropriate that we are having this retreat at night!  Donation: $50, includes Sacred Darkness, which we will read between sessions.


THAT WE MAY BE ONE
THE BEST OF THOMAS KEATING

        Friday, March 15          9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

That We May Be One continues and builds on the works of Father Thomas Keating over the past 30 years.  In July 2016, Fr. Thomas sat in conversation with a few friends in an intimate and wide-ranging conversation on some timely subjects:  the oneness of all things, evolving spiritual consciousness and God’s indwelling Presence. The profound awareness of God’s Presence in us unfolds into a transforming union with the Divine Presence and we become a “New Creation.” By living and growing in consciousness, we are becoming, growing in God, in God’s presence and in God-consciousness. I believe that we will be greatly enlightened and strengthened as we view his conversation and listen to his wisdom from his years of contemplation. Donation: $25, lunch included.

CENTERING PRAYER WEEKEND RETREAT
        March 15 – 17         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: $130/$50 non-refundable deposit.  Commuters welcome, all meals included.

 
MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN BEFORE
HOW SUFFERING TRANSFORMS US

        Monday, March 18          9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Has your suffering transformed you, made you more gentle, patient and kind?  How does that happen?  Often there are 3 steps: surviving the pain, healing the pain and growing from the pain.  We will explore these steps as we prayerfully consider the suffering of our lives that genuinely has made us More Beautiful Than Before.  Donation: $35, includes book and lunch.


PERSONAL RETREAT DAY
        Wednesday, March 20      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.


DARKNESS IN THE SPIRITUAL LIFE
DESOLATION, DARK NIGHT & DEPRESSION

        Friday, March 22          9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

This program is specifically designed for Intern and Certified Spiritual Directors to help them identify and distinguish between the psychological and spiritual darkness that we all experience.  All are welcome, however, if the topic interests you.  Donation: $25.  Materials included. Please bring your own lunch.

SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHRIST
        Wednesday, March 27          9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Join us for this special Lenten morning retreat on the Seven Last Words of Christ.  We will use Scripture meditations, art and music to allow ourselves to love Christ by accompanying Him in His Passion.  Led by Jill Snyder.  Donation: $20, includes lunch.