Francis House of Prayer

TrenTON DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL CENTER

PARISH RETREATS


To have your own parish group retreat at Francis House of Prayer, click here or call us about scheduling! (609) 877-0509.



WEEKEND RETREAT

9 PATHS TO WHOLENESS AND HOLINESS
     January 11 – 13, 2019
     7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday

During this weekend retreat, we will study 9 different personality types and the path to holiness and interior freedom for each.  We are all afflicted and blessed by this human condition of ours.  God knows what each of us needs and guides us each along a way to wholeness and holiness that is unique, yet universal.  The main goal of the weekend is to grow in understanding, acceptance and compassion for ourselves and others.  We all need that.  Donation: $150/$50 non-refundable deposit.  Residents and commuters welcome.  All meals and materials provided.

​​SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT WEEKENDS
    7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday
        
    Jan. 18 – 20      March 8 – 10   May 3 – 5
    Feb. 8 – 10        April 26 – 28    May 17 – 19
     
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.

PERSONAL RETREAT DAYS

        Wednesdays      9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
        January 16           March 20           May 1
        February 13          April 3               June 5

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.


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.


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.

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.

DRAWN TO THE ROAD OF FIRE
TEILHARD AND STRUGGLE
        Presenter: Sister Kathleen Duffy, SSJ
        May 19 – 24      7:00 PM Sunday to 10:00 AM Friday

While on retreat in 1919, Teilhard experienced a transfiguration-like experience that he shares with us in his essay, “The Spiritual Power of Matter.”  During this transformative event, Teilhard is moved to commit himself to a life of struggle in every aspect of his life without yet knowing what these struggles might be.  In this retreat, we will consider the many ways Teilhard is confronted with struggle—as a scientist, believer, lover, Jesuit, mystic, and as a faithful member of the Church.  Together we will explore some of the more significant examples, notice Teilhard’s responses, and share our experiences so that we can learn better ways of dealing with the struggles that we face in our lives and in our world today.  Donation: $500/$60 non-refundable deposit with registration.


Below are some interior photos of Francis House of Prayer

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."

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