Each retreatant bedroom has a private bathroom. Francis House is surrounded by beautiful parks for walking and has a large outdoor swimming pool for summer retreats! Enjoy!
PERSONAL RETREAT DAYS
Wednesdays 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
January 8 March 4 May 20
February 5 April 1 June 3
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.
SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT WEEKENDS
7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday
Jan. 10 – 12
Jan. 17 – 19
March 13 – 15
April 24 – 26
May 8 – 10
May 15 – 17
August 14 – 16
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: $150/$50 non-refundable deposit with registration.
January 23 – 24 9:30 AM Thursday – Noon Friday
Your creativity is God’s gift to you. We will use exercises from TheArtist’s Rule by Christine Valters Paintner to notice the contemplative nature of creativity and to be aware of how our Creator God calls each of us to co-create and bring beauty into the world. Please bring along your favorite tools (paints, knitting, clay, journals, garden tools, cooking ingredients) for your prayerful individual creative time. Donation: $85, all meals included.
CENTERING PRAYER WEEKEND RETREAT
February 28 – March 1 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: $150/$50 non-refundable deposit. Commuters welcome, all meals included.
LENTEN WEEKEND RETREAT
9 PATHS TO WHOLENESS AND HOLINESS
March 20 – 22 7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday
During this Lenten 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 goal of the weekend is to grow in understanding, acceptance and compassion for ourselves and others. We all need that. What a Lenten gift! Donation: $175/$50 non-refundable deposit. Residents and commuters welcome. All meals provided.
TENDING TO GOD’S AFFECTION FOR YOU
March 26 – 27 7 PM Thursday – 4 PM Friday
Come for an overnight of silence and prayer during this Lenten Season. Maybe that’s just what the Divine Physician desires for you in order to tend to His affection for you. Come to the program below as part of your retreat if you wish, or simply BE in silence and prayer, as God desires. Donation: $75, includes breakfast and lunch.
OVERNIGHT RETREAT FOR WOMEN
RE-IMAGINING LIFE, ADJUSTING TO CHANGE
May 7 - 8 7 PM Thursday – 4 PM Friday
This Retreat is for women over 50 who are adjusting to change in their lives. There are times in our life journey when we are visited with sudden or unwanted change. We will accept God’s invitation to re-imagine our lives and become aware of what brings hope and energy to this second half of life. God invites me to “Follow my bliss.” What am I passionate about now, and what is true for my authentic self? God is still creating me! Take some time for yourself and God before the summer begins. Commuters welcome: 7:00 – 9:00 PM Thursday and 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Friday. Donation: $75. Breakfast and Lunch included for all. (Stay for the silent retreat, May 8 – 10 if you can.)
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."
Francis House of Prayer
TrenTON DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL CENTER