Using Ruth Haley Barton’s book, Sacred Rhythms, as a guide, we will explore some of the major “disciplines” of the spiritual life that have traditionally facilitated the prayer life of those who desire to deepen their relationship with God. As we examine each “practice” of prayer especially significant during our “later” years, we will be offered concrete guidance on ways to incorporate them into our everyday life and create for ourselves a “rule of life” that can keep us open and available to God’s transforming love as we continue to grow in “wisdom, age, and grace.”
Clare D’Auria, OSF, a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia, is an associate member of the Center, having recently completed six years on the congregation’s leadership team. For almost half of her forty years in ministry, Clare has served in retreat ministry, offering directed and conference retreats and workshops in Franciscan spirituality. Clare also serves as a staff member of the Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs in Assisi, Italy. With an MA in Theological Studies from the Washington Theological Union, she is a certified spiritual director and supervisor for spiritual directors at Neumann University.