Retreats

Retreat is a time away from the ordinary routines to enter into an attitude of quiet, to rest, to pray, to reflect and to invite God to renew the person.  We offer a variety of retreats during the year but you can always schedule a Directed or Private Retreat at any time if we have room at the Franciscan Spiritual Center itself or at Clare House or the Hermitages.  The telephone numbers listed below will help you to schedule your retreat.

(For specific retreat offerings for this year please see this link for Summer Retreats 2015-2016 ) 

Directed Retreat:

  • A directed retreat provides persons with an opportunity for prayer in the contemplative environment of the Franciscan Spiritual Center while meeting daily with a certified spiritual director  Daily Eucharsist is available in Our Lady of Angels Convent chapel.A Directed Retreat is scheduled for August 1-8, 2013 with Mary Walsh, OSF and Mary Killoran, OSF as directors.  However  arrangements can many times be made for a directed retreat at the Center, Clare House, or the Hermitages when space is available at these locations.  To make arrangements please call:
    Franciscan Spiritual Center
    Clare House
    Hermitage
    Helen Budzik  at 1-610-558-7674
    Jean Ustasiewski, OSF  at 610-558-5372
    Christa Thompson, OSF at 610-558-6795

Guided Retreats

A Guided Retreat focuses on a particular topic, field of scripture or life and faith issues.   There is  often one or two conferences or talks.   Like a Directed Retreat, there is some opportunity for individual spiritual companioning, but not necessarily on a daily basis.    A Guided Retreat can last for a couple of days, like a weekend retreat, or for much longer time depending on what is planned for the group.  It is meant to provide a quieter atmosphere for prayer and contemplation.  It is a retreat that a group makes together with the leader(s) providing input based on a theme.  The conferences or talks provide direction and opportunity for further reflection, but most of each day is unscheduled.  Retreats provide a time to slow down our bodies, minds and spirits enabling us to listen more deeply to the movement of God’s Spirit in our lives and therefore, silence during particular parts of the day or even at meals is often a part of a Guided Retreat.

Preached Retreat:

Preached retreats have a speaker who gives reflections on a particular theme.  Conferences are normally offered two to three times in a day.

Private Retreats:

A private  retreat provides persons of an faith an opportunity for prayer in the contemplative environment of the Franciscan Spiritual Center.   Retreats provide a time to slow down our bodies, minds and spirits enabling us to listen more deeply to the movement of God’s Spirit in our lives and, therefore, silence is often provided during this time.

For those who would like a liturgy in the Catholic tradition daily Eucharsist is available in Our Lady of Angels Convent chapel and the Franciscan Office is also said before Mass and in the evening.

Often arrangements can be made for a private retreat at the Franciscan Spiritual Center, Clare House, or the Hermitages when space is available at these locations.  To make arrangements please call:

Franciscan Spiritual Center
Clare House
Hermitage
Helen Budzik  at 1-610-558-7674
Jean Ustasiewski, OSF  at 610-558-5372
Clare Agnes Conforti, OSF at 610-558-6157 

 

 

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