MONTHLY SPIRITUAL EXERCISES

   
 9 Wednesdays       3:00 – 4:30 PM

     September 9            January 20
     October 21               February 10
     November 18           March 10 
     December 16            April 21        
                           May 5

For this year’s Monthly Spiritual Exercises, I am returning to my two favorites: The Ignatian Adventure and The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything.  These two Jesuits will lead us with exquisite expertise through the Exercises of St. Ignatius.  What a wonderful spiritual journey!
​Donation: $175.


SPIRITUAL DIRECTION INTERN PROGRAM
    

     10 Thursdays     8:45 AM – 4:30 PM
     
​     September 10     December 10     April 8
     October 8           January 7            May 6            
     November 12      February 4          June 3  
                                 March 11   


Francis House offers an intensive 3-year Intern Formation Program for those desiring to become Spiritual Directors. This program meets one Thursday a month for the Ignatian Exercises, studies in Prayer & Discernment and a Practicum in the Art and Discipline of Spiritual Direction.


THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE 12 STEPS
FOR EVERYONE

     

     9 Thursdays     8:45 – 10:30 AM


     September 10     December 10     March 11
     October 8           January 7            April 8
     November 12     February 4          May 6


The 12 Steps are for all of us, as we all have attachments and addictions and desire freedom from them.  This Program will take us through the traditional 12 Steps that teach us to rely on God as our Liberator. We will use Gerald May’s Addiction and Grace and review Keating’s Divine Therapy & Addiction for further support between session and view a short video when possible. Whether you are new to the 12 Steps or are familiar with them, you are welcome. Led by Mary DeJoseph and Deacon Bill Wilson. Donation: $20 for the book and a Love Offering for each session.


THE ARTIST’S WAY
DISCOVERING & RECOVERING YOUR CREATIVITY
     

    10 Thursdays       1:30 – 3:00 PM
    

    September 10   November 12   January 7     March 11   May 6
     October 8         December 10    February 4   April 8      June 10

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: $200, includes book.

FRIDAY MORNING RETREAT
BRIDGES TO CONTEMPLATIVE LIVING

9 Fridays            9:15 AM – Noon

          September 11       December 4          March 5
          October 2              January 8              April 9
          November 6          February 5            May 7

This year we will use Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton for the content of our Friday morning retreat.  Each month we will focus on one of the 8 booklets in the series as a means of understanding and experiencing your intimate life with God.   The morning will also include two 20-minute sessions of contemplative prayer.  We will read Thomas Merton's Essential Writings between sessions. Donation: $225, includes books.


TEILHARD READING GROUP
    

     9 Fridays      1:00 – 2:30 PM
     

     September 11     December 4     March 5
     October 2           January 8         April 9
     November 6       February 5        May 7

Our study of Teilhard continues this year with the reading of Louis Savory’s Teilhard de Chardin on the Gospels, The Message of Jesus for an Evolutionary World. 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 in Christ. Donation: $175, includes book.


SPIRITUAL READING GROUP
    

     9 Fridays     6:30 – 8:30 PM


     September 11     December 4       March 5
      October 2           January 8           April 9
      November 6       February 5          May 7


Good spiritual reading is a must for spiritual growth. Companions on the journey help with the practice of this spiritual exercise. This will be fun as well as fruitful. Can you devote one Friday night a month to this pursuit? As usual, we will feast on a variety of spiritual gems. Donation: $225, includes all books.
     The Wounded Healer          Henri Nouwen
     The Drawing of This Love   Julian of Norwich
     Essential Writings               James Martin, SJ
     Upstream                             Mary Oliver


LIVING CONTEMPLATIVELY

     9 Saturdays              9:15 AM – 3:30 PM

      September 12          December 5              March 6
       October 3                January 9                  April 10 
       November 7            February 6                May 8

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


MONTHLY BIBLE STUDY
    

     9 Mondays            9:30 – 11:30 AM


     September 14      December 14     March 8
     October 19          January 11          April 12
     November 16      February 8           May 10

We will study and pray with St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans during these 9 monthly sessions. What a privilege! Please bring your Bible. Led by Sister Pat Mensing, SSJ. Donation:  $150.


MONDAYS WITH MERTON


     4 Mondays     1:00 – 2:30 PM
     September 14     October 5     November 9     December 7


Thomas Merton will be our guide to the contemplative way of life.  In this series, we will use his book, Contemplative Prayer. Time will also be given to experience Lectio Divina and contemplative prayer. Donation: $75, includes book.


RADICAL SPIRIT


     9 Mondays            1:00 – 2:30 PM


     September 14      December 14     March 8
     October 19          January 11          April 12
     November 16       February 8          May 10

As chaos and uncertainty reign all around, Sister Joan Chittister’s invitation to the sacred power waiting for us at the depths of our spirit could not be more necessary or timely. Radical Spirit is both compelling and liberating for the living of these days and is one of the most helpful and hopeful books of the season. Led by Sister Pat Mensing, SSJ. Donation: $175, includes book.


FULL SPIRITUAL EXERCISES
30  WEEKLY MEETINGS ON ZOOM
     
     Tuesdays       3:00 – 4:30 PM
     September 15 – April 20

On Zoom to alleviate travel each week.  In this “full” version, we will experience the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius which correspond to a 30-day retreat at a retreat house.  You are committing to one hour of prayer every day and the weekly meeting. Donation: $350


CLASSICS ON CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER

     9 Tuesdays            6:30 – 8:30 PM

     September 15       December 8          March 2
     October 13            January 5              April 13
      November 10       February 2            May 11

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, with Lectio Divina between. We will view a DVD series by Fr. Thomas Keating and read Thomas Merton on Prayer by John Higgins, SJ between sessions.  This is a wonderful group of pray-ers.  All are welcome! Donation: $175, includes book.


FRIENDS OF ST. TERESA OF AVILA


     9 Wednesdays     9:30 – 11:30 AM


     September 16     December 9     March 3
     October 14         January 6         April 14
     November 11     February 3        May 12


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 includes 20 minutes of Centering Prayer and a brief tape by Keith Egan. This year we will read Carmelite John Welch’s Spiritual Pilgrims for our reading between sessions. Donation: $175, includes book.


THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING


     9 Wednesdays     1:00 – 2:30 PM


     September 16     December 9     March 3
     October 14         January 6         April 14
     November 11     February 3        May 12


I want to introduce you to the Cloud!  Without a doubt, The Cloud of Unknowing is the classic on contemplative prayer.  It gets to the heart of your desire for God, and more importantly, God’s desire for you.  It speaks of “naked intent toward God,” and God’s overwhelming attraction to you.  It’s user-friendly, not so esoteric that you can’t understand.  If you’ve never read it, perhaps now is the time.  Follow the call of God!  Why not? Donation: $175, includes book.


AWAKENING TO THE FIRE


     4 Wednesdays     1:00 – 2:30 PM
     September 16     October 14     November 11     December 9


Spend time discovering how God is revealed in the beauty and wonder of the story of the universe.  As we contemplate God's ongoing creation of the universe, we begin to notice the promptings of God's Spirit in ourselves and realize that our story is enfolded in the whole story of God's love.  We will use Judy Cannato's book, Radical Amazement, to guide us.  Donation:  $75, includes book. 

DISCERNMENT COURSE
WHY DID GOD MAKE ME?


     9 Wednesdays                 3:30 – 5:00 PM

      September 16       December 9          March 3
      October 14           January 6              April 14
      November 11       February 3             May 12

How can we become truly the person God wants us to be with our own unique call and purpose?  St. Ignatius teaches us well how to hear the voice of God and discern the Spirits.  We will review his Rules for Discernment and use Why Did God Make Me? Finding Your Life’s Purpose, Discernment in an Evolutionary World  by Louis Savory.  Donation: $175, includes book.


HONORING YOUR CONTEMPLATIVE SOUL
THE BEST OF THOMAS KEATING


     9 Thursdays           9:30 – 11:30 AM

     September 17       December 17        March 18
     October 22            January 14            April 15
     November 19         February 11          May 13

During this 2-hour session each month, we will study the teachings of Trappist Fr. Thomas Keating as he presents contemplation as Divine Therapy for the healing of our souls. 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: $175, includes book.
If you can, make a day of it by attending the St. John of the Cross series
below at 1:00 PM.



STUDY OF ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS


     9 Thursdays        1:00 – 3:00 PM


     September 17     December 17     March 18
     October 22         January 14         April 15
     November 19     February 11        May 13


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 focusing on John’s The Dark Night. We end with 20 minutes of centering prayer. Donation: $175 includes book. If you can, make a day of it by attending the Thomas Keating series above from 9:30–11:30 AM.


ENNEAGRAM STUDY
9 PATHS TO HOLINESS & WHOLENESS


     9 Thursdays     3:30 – 5:30 PM


     September 17     December 17     March 18
     October 22          January 14         April 15
     November 19      February 11        May 13


Years ago, I offered this in-depth study of the Enneagram. People still refer to that experience as one of the most life changing events of their life. I am excited to offer it again. The Enneagram, as I know it and teach it, leads to understanding and compassion for yourself and others as you live out the call of Jesus to love one another as God loves you.  Donation: $200.


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


     8 Fridays       9:30 AM – 1:30 PM


     September 18     October 16     November 20     December 11
     February 12      March 12       April 16             May 14


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.  This 8-part series meets monthly for the 65+ in this most graced season of life.  We will use Thomas Keating’s videos on The Gift of Life and Life Eternal and read Winter’s Graces by Susan Stewart between sessions. Donation: $225, includes book and lunch.


MEETING CHRIST IN PRAYER

     8 Mondays           9:30 – 11:30 AM

     September 28, October 5 & 19,
     Nov. 9, 16, 23 and Dec. 7 & 14

 This is another wonderful way to experience the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. You will be invited to pray about 30 minutes each day. If your relationship with God is pleading for attention and if you feel called by God to deepen your prayer, please treat yourself to this retreat. Donation: $150, includes the book. 


ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
FOR CERTIFIED SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS
WITH SUPERVISION


     8 Wednesdays     1:00 – 4:00 PM


     September 30     January 13         March 24
     November   4      February 24       April 28
     December    2                                 May 19


Those who care for others need also to care for themselves.  Those who help others pray need also to take time to be nourished. This monthly gathering will provide just that: time for prayer, sharing and peer supervision to enrich and nourish the gracious listeners who give themselves so generously as spiritual directors. We will enjoy Timothy Gallagher’s A Handbook for Spiritual Directors between sessions. Donation: $225, book included.


THE DIVINE DANCE
WITH RICHARD ROHR


      9 Mondays     1:00 – 2:30 PM  


     October 19         January 11     April 12
     November 16     February 8      May 10
     December 14     March 8          June 7


Richard Rohr, OFM helps us to notice how God invites and beckons us into relationship and community through the love of the Trinity. We will use Rohr’s book, The Divine Dance, as our guide in prayer and discussion this year. We will also spend time in contemplative prayer each session. Donation: $175, includes book.



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."

MONTHLY SERIES

Francis House offers a variety of Monthly Series that meet from September to May. We would love to have you choose one that meets your need for on-going spiritual growth.  These are so helpful in providing good content, a little structure for your life with God, and an enjoyable sense of community.  There are 20 options from which to choose. 

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!​

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