NEWS & EVENTS

September 2021: Leaning Into Mary in Times of Sorrow

This month we again have two beautiful feasts of Mary. On September 8th we celebrate Mary’s birthday and on the 15th we recognize Mary under the title of Our Lady of Sorrows.  This is an age-old devotion to Mary which has somewhat fallen by the wayside in recent...

Susan Long — Mindfulness Experiences

Susan Long reached out to us lamenting our closure of day and weekend programs.  She is doing many of the same programs she did while at the Franciscan Spiritual Center so we thought you might enjoy this link that sends you to her website.  The link is...

Hermitages Open June 14 2021

Hermitages Open June 14 2021

We have missed you!  And we are happy to welcome you to our Franciscan Hermitages beginning June 14, 2021.  Registrations will be open as of May 3, 2021.  If fully vaccinated,, you may register through Helen Budzik OSF either by phone (610-558-7674) or email...

Boy Scouts 225 clears path at Hermitages

Boy Scouts 225 clears path at Hermitages

On Saturday, August 22, Boy Scout Troop 225 from the church of St. Joseph in Aston, Pennsylvania, restored the walking path (blue trail) that leads from Red Hill Farm to the Hermitages. Eagle Scout Peter Rigotti and approximately 20 scouts, parents, and friends...

Clare House and Hermitage remain closed

The Hermitages and Clare House are not opening in September 2020 as hoped.  Our new target is January 2021 if it is safe to do so.  No registrations will be taken for either place until mid December 2020.  With all of you, we pray that this pandemic will soon be under...

Difficult News about FSC:  Our Grief Expressed

Difficult News about FSC: Our Grief Expressed

Living in uncertainty is challenging for all of us.  Uncertainty teaches us to live in the present moment, awaiting each day to see where we are led and how we can be of service.  This is the trust we give to one another each day.  This is the new normal for all of...

Pentecost Novena

Pentecost Novena

On Dan Shutte's Website there is a wonderful Novena for Pentecost that begins today (Ascension Thursday).  The link is https://www.danschuttemusic.com/wordpressstore/pentecost-novena/ .  I know many of you enjoyed his Holy Week preentation so I would encourage you to...

May 7 Update on Activities at the FSC

May 7 Update on Activities at the FSC

The Franciscan Spiritual Center will be closed for events in June, July, and August.  All retreats and hosting events have been canceled.  This includes any activities at Clare House and the Hermitages.  Like you, we wish we could go back to what is normal but your...

Macrina Wiederkehr OSB Died

Macrina Wiederkehr OSB Died

With sadness we share with you the death of Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB.  Macrina died on April 24, 2020.  She had been scheduled to join us for another weekend retreat in September 2020 but several months ago she called to notify us that she had a brain tumor and would...

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