SETTING THE DIRECTION FOR 2019
Wednesday, January 2 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
What better way to spend this day! Start out the year with a morning retreat to set the direction for your year. Well begun is half done, they say, and establishing a direction is essential for the journey. Where am I going in 2019? What is the desire of my heart, and God’s as I begin again? What difference will 2019 make for the world? Donation: $20, includes lunch.
Friday, January 11 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
This is part of the series for The Maturing of Your Soul Program. We will view together an awesome film about living every moment peacefully, gratefully & wholeheartedly as it will not be repeated. This is a good practice for all of us, so everyone is welcome, even if you are not presently part of the Maturing of your Soul Series. Donation: $20, lunch included.
HOW THE ORDINARY BECOMES EXTRAORDINARY
Monday, January 14 1:00 – 3:00 PM
The Examen Prayer is a daily prayer which opens us to God’s work in the daily experiences of life. We welcome you to enjoy learning this simple form of asking God to help you to review your day and to witness to the wonder and beauty of God’s revelation in the joys and sorrows in every day. Part of our morning will be given to a personal experience of this beautiful prayer with the help of ReImagining the Ignatian Examen by Mark Thibodeaux, SJ. Led by: Jill Snyder. Donation: $20, includes book.
A TASTE OF BEAUTY, TRUTH & GOODNESS
Friday, January 18 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
This day will surely be a treat for your soul as this New Year begins. We all need large doses of beauty, truth and goodness these days. Our presenters, via tape, are Fathers Richard Rohr, OFM, and Thomas Keating, OCSO. The day will be restorative, restful, and full of beauty, as the title suggests – much like Sabbath time. Can you take a break and let yourself receive a day of grace from God… and Francis House? Donation: $20, includes lunch.
GOD BEYOND ALL NAMES
Tuesday, January 29 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Spend a morning with the God of your heart, the God who is beyond all names. Together we will ponder the word of God as it comes to us in creation, in scripture, in life, in song, and in silence as we contemplate the God who is all around us and within us. Led by S. Carol Beevers, SSJ. Donation: $20, includes 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CARE FOR EARTH
Monday, April 22 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Today, as a country, we celebrate Earth Day. Celebrate it by entering into a day of prayer and loving stewardship of the earth. Part of the day will be spent in quiet contemplation of God’s love through creation. We will also spend time learning some sustainable home and garden techniques. Please dress to get dirty! Donation: $20, includes lunch
FINDING GOD IN CREATION
PRAYING WITH ELEMENTS OF WIND & WATER
Friday, April 26 9:30 AM – Noon
Join us as we pray with the wind as the breath of God and water as Christ our living water. Time will be spent both indoors and outdoors. We will use: Water, Wind, Earth and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements by Christine Valters Paintner as a guide. Led by Jill Snyder. Donation: $30, includes book. Come to Part 2 on April 30 if you can.
FINDING GOD IN CREATION
PRAYING WITH ELEMENTS OF EARTH & FIRE
Tuesday, April 30 9:30 AM – Noon
Join us as we pray with: the earth as God’s loving gift and fire as God’s Spirit animating our lives. Time will be spent both indoors and outdoors. We will use: Water, Wind, Earth and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements by Christine Valters Paintner as a guide. Led by Jill Snyder. Donation: $30, includes book or $15 if you have the book.
MINDFULNESS AND CONTEMPLATION
Friday, May 3 9:30 AM – Noon
There are similarities and differences between these two practices. Contemplation is essentially prayer. God and you are in a mutual exchange of love. Prayer always involves two persons, one is God. Mindfulness, on the other hand, is an awareness practice. Mindfulness helps you pay attention. Prayer is attentiveness and response to God and is an active engagement in your personal relationship. We will practice both during this retreat morning so you experience the difference. Donation: $20.
Thursday, May 9 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
“My thoughts make all the difference in my world.” Believe it or not, we have the ability to choose our thoughts. This freedom is essential to our spiritual well-being and emotional health. This morning retreat will help us learn to notice our thoughts as they arise and choose to accept them or replace them. With prayer and practice, we can choose our thoughts and receive a mind at peace, stilled and available for conscious thinking at will. Donation: $20, includes lunch & materials.
THE ART OF LISTENING
Wednesday, May 15 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
This presentation will explore three aspects of listening - listening to others, listening to self, and listening to God as paths to a deeper spiritual life. Led by Jane Kopas. Donation: $20, includes lunch
ANNUAL CLEANING PARTY
Friday, May 24 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Saturday, May 25 9:00 AM – Noon
Please come and help us clean Francis House. Bring your favorite cleaning supplies. Please choose a 3-hour shift that is convenient for you and call 609-877-0509 with your choice. Actually, it’s fun! Thanks so much. Breakfast & lunch provided.
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