Our shorter programs are offered at a variety of times to accommodate the schedules of busy people.  I hope that you can find one or two opportunities to feed your soul and allow Francis House to become a spiritual oasis for you.  You are very welcome at Francis House.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW HOME
OPEN HOUSE


       3 Sundays     2:00 – 4:00 PM
       January 12        March 1        May 10


Come for a visit, to explore this holy place and make it your home, and a new meeting place for God and you.  Just look around, visit our chapel, and see the beautiful grounds surrounding our new Francis House of Prayer! All are welcome!


PERSONAL RETREAT DAYS

     Wednesdays       9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
     January 8      March 4     May 20
     February 5     April 1       June 3
                            April 29
Not a series.  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.


SETTING THE DIRECTION FOR 2020


      Thursday, January 2     9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


What better way to spend this day!  Start out 2020 with a morning retreat to set the direction for the year.  “Well begun is half done,” they say, and establishing a direction is essential for the journey.  Where am I going in 2020?  What is the desire of my heart, and God’s as we begin this year together?  Donation: $25, includes lunch.


SIMPLIFYING LIFE
CLEANING UP & CLEANING OUT


      Monday, January 13     9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Do you find yourself complaining, “I have too much stuff!”  Is de-cluttering one of your desires for 2020?   We are going to make a plan to clean up and clean out, to simplify and enjoy life more, to have a lighter grasp and a freer heart for the more important things of life. We will gather again in the Spring to see how it went.  Step by Step, with support and prayer, we will be clutter-free by Easter!  With God’s help and with one another, we can do it!  Donation: $25, includes lunch.


MELT THE FROZEN, WARM THE CHILL


      Friday, January 17              9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Come to the silence, warmth and beauty of Francis House to receive a winter retreat day that promises to melt your heart and warm your soul with the fire of Divine Love.  Simple, yet profound!  Donation: $20, includes lunch.


DISCOVERING THE COSMIC CHRIST


      Tuesday, January 21     9:30 AM – 3:00 PM


You will be filled with awe discovering the Cosmic Christ.  We will use the writings of St. Paul, St. John, Teilhard de Chardin, Richard Rohr and Ilia Delio to explore how everything and everyone is connected through Christ in a constant pull to loving union.  Please come - the day will knock your socks off!  Donation: $35, includes materials & lunch.


GOD PURSUES US


      Wednesday, January 29     9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


It’s mind boggling to consider that God pursues us.  Isn’t it the other way around?  If you desire to enter more deeply in relationship with God, the truth is that God placed that desire within and seeks a relationship with you as well.  Please join us for this retreat which will help you notice what happens in the various stages of prayer.  We will be guided by the wise words of Thomas H. Green, SJ in his book, Experiencing God: The Three Stages of Prayer.  Donation: $35, includes book and lunch.


 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.


VALENTINE’S EVENING FOR COUPLES


      Friday, February 14     6:00 – 8:30 PM


Liturgy, renewal of marriage vows and a full course dinner highlight this most enjoyable way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Celebrate the love between you all these years and look forward to the years ahead with gratitude and joy.  Mass starts at 6 PM.  Sign up early! Limited to 20 couples.  Presider: Rev. Bill Lago.  Donation: $60/couple with registration.


ASH WEDNESDAY RETREAT


      Wednesday, February 26     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 Give Up Worry for Lent: 40 Days of Finding Peace in Christ to guide your Lenten prayer.  Liturgy is included with the reception of ashes within it.  Donation: $35, includes lunch and the book for your 6-week Lenten journey.


LENTEN RETREAT
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF


      Thursday, February 27     9:30 AM – 2:30 PM


Coming to know yourself and your own personality can help you know and love others in theirs.  Self-acceptance and acceptance of others is at the heart of the Gospel.  During this Lenten retreat, we will ask God for the grace to understand and appreciate not only ourselves but those who are very different from us by personality so that we can live and work together in peaceful harmony.  Donation: $35, includes lunch and materials.


THE SACRED SPACE OF LENT
RETREAT FOR BUSY PEOPLE


      Friday, February 28     10:00 AM – Noon


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 short morning retreat, on the third day of Lent might be just the thing for you.  The Sacred Space of Lent 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. Simply coming to Francis House helps!  Donation: $30, includes book.


SUNDAY AFTERNOON RETREAT
LOVE COSTS EVERYTHING


      3:00 PM Liturgy
      Sunday, March 8     1:00 – 4:00 PM


In the Eucharistic Liturgy we participate in the Mystery of Christ pouring out His Body and Blood for the world.  As we view the film Of Gods and Men, we will witness that same unconditional love for others.  Please let this afternoon retreat become a part of your Lenten journey.  Donation: $15.


LENTEN EVENING
THE PASSION AND THE CROSS


      Wednesday, March 11     6:30 – 8:00 PM


This evening retreat will deepen your relationship with Jesus in his Passion, Death and Resurrection.  Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, helps us connect our suffering to Jesus, and Jesus’ suffering to ours.  His book will be invaluable to anyone who has ever suffered or struggled in life… which is to say, everyone.  Donation: $25, includes book. 


THE GRACE OF “IN-BETWEEN”


      Thursday, March 12     6:30 – 8:00 PM


In-between is both uncomfortable and transformative!  We will use some of William Bridge’s classic work on transition to help us enter more fully into the Paschal Mystery of dying and rising that transition offers us.  Lent is the time to find meaning in it all.  Donation: $20, includes materials.


BEAUTY WILL SAVE THE WORLD
PROPHETIC VOICES FOR
A CHURCH & WORLD IN CRISIS


      Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS
      Sunday, March 15     1:00 – 4:00 PM


Saints and prophets appear throughout church history as forward-looking voices of confidence, hope and healing who help us through the uncomfortable process of change and reform. Using his own art and stories, Bro. Mickey will share glimpses of prophetic men and women from the margins whose unique and creative spirits can inspire us to become spiritually mature, let go of fear, and move forward in confidence and hope.  Donation: $25.


MAY CHRIST LIVE IN YOUR HEART
MAINTAINING INTERIOR PEACE


      Wednesday, March 18     9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


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 the second half of your Lenten Journey?  You will receive a small, readable book for your reflection.  Donation: $30, includes book and lunch.


MEDITATION ON THE WAY OF THE CROSS


      Friday, March 20     9:30 AM – 2:00 PM


Focusing on several Stations of the Cross, we will ponder the meaning they had two thousand years ago and today. St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “Suffering in itself is nothing: but suffering shared with Christ's passion is a wonderful gift.  The most beautiful gift of human beings is that they can share in the passion of Christ.  Yes, a gift and a sign of his love; because this is how God proved divine love for the world - by giving Jesus to die for us.” Presenter: JoLynn Krempecki. Donation: Love Offering, includes lunch.


A DAY WITH OUR CRUCIFIED LORD
THE 7 LAST WORDS


      Friday, 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.  Donation: Love Offering, includes a simple meatless lunch.


A FRESH LOOK AT THE SACRAMENTS
EVER ANCIENT, EVER NEW


      3:00 PM Liturgy
      Sunday, March 29     1:00 – 4:00 PM


Has our understanding and experience of the sacraments evolved through the years?  Let’s take a fresh look at them to see what they mean to us at this time in our lives and how they help us to keep our life in Christ central and fruitful.  We’ll conclude our afternoon with Liturgy at 3:00 PM.  What better way to spend the 5th Sunday of Lent!  Donation: Love Offering.


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.


OUR SEARCH FOR MEANING


      Thursday, April 23     9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


“There is nothing in the world I venture to say that would effectively help one to survive even in the worst conditions as the knowledge that there is a meaning in one’s life.” (Viktor Frankl)  Let’s return to Frankl’s classic, Man’s Search For Meaning  to discover the timeless truth within… that love is all that matters.  Donation: $35, includes lunch and book.


FIVE SHORT WAYS TO PRAY


      Friday, April 24     9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Prayer is contact with God.  Prayer happens when the real God and the real you meet.  Sometimes brief encounters are the best.  This morning retreat will acquaint you with five short ways to enjoy direct communication with the God who knows and loves you as you are.  Give it a try…come, spend the morning. Have a good lunch.  Donation: $25, includes lunch.


THOUGHTS MATTER


      Tuesday, April 28     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: $25, includes lunch & materials.


THE MIRACLE OF A MOTHER’S PRAYER


      Thursday, May 7     9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


This day of prayer is for mothers of children of any age.  We will pray over the agony and ecstasy of motherhood and give well spent time to intercessory prayer for the healing, wholeness and happiness of our children.  This day of prayer is a perfect way to prepare for your day, Mother’s Day. 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.


GROWING OLDER GRACEFULLY
ON THE BRINK OF EVERYTHING


      Tuesday, May 12     9:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Parker Palmer in his recent book invites us to take a closer look at the gift and beauty of aging.  That we age is not our choice, of course!  How we age is perhaps the most important choice of all.  Come together with others who are travelling the pilgrimage into the last third of life for prayerful support as God does His work of maturing your soul.  Donation: $35, includes book and lunch.


ANNUAL CLEANING PARTY


      Friday, May 22     9 AM to Noon or 1:00 – 4:00 PM
      Saturday, May 23     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.​


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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