Monday Mini Retreat Programs begin with a meal in our dining room at 6:00 p.m. Following the meal, we meet in our main conference room for prayer and a presentation. There is time for discussion before the closing prayer at 9:00 p.m. Registration begins in the lobby at 5:15 p.m.
February 20, 2017: “What Are We Looking For? “Filling The Emptiness”
At times we are “filled up” with aches and pains, stress and fatigue, and yet hurting because of the “emptiness” inside of us. A contradiction, or is it a corresponding complaint? In this evening’s reflections we will try to deal with this vicious circle of our lives in which we often find ourselves.
Presenter: Carol Herman Register
March 13, 2017: “Naming And Claiming Our Anger”
Our emotions sometimes move us to anger—at ourselves, at our society,
our families, the Church, and even at God. With some tears and guilt feelings
we can admit this, but to find healing and acceptance we need to face these
feelings head-on and truthfully. Then we can work through them with patience
and perseverance. Presenters: Laura Long and Jeannie Panella Register
April 10, 2017: “Where Is Our Humor? Have We Lost It?”
The word “humor” comes from the same Latin root word as “humanity” and “human.”
“Humus” is the Latin word that is translated as soil, dirt, ground, etc. We are grounded in
humanity and that should provide us with a sense of humor if only to remind us that when
we try to “play” God, we are as funny as our first parents, Adam and Eve, when they reached
for and ate that piece of fruit. Keep a sense of humor and live as children of God.
Presenter: Jeanne Hunt Register
September 18, 2017: “Daring To Be Different: Daring To Be Ourselves”
Isn’t it true that we compete with others and compare ourselves with others? To what end? God made
us to be who we are; that was good enough for God, so why isn’t it good enough for us? Becoming
our best selves is what God asks us to do, even if that means being different from what others expect
us to be. Do we dare do that? Presenter: Dr. Carmina Chapp Register
October 16, 2017: “Feasting On The Spiritual Life”
Among the many sources of spiritual foods we can access is Christ-centered literature—essays, poems, novels—many of which are written not mainly to entertain but to inspire and motivate us to spiritual growth. Our presenter this evening will introduce us to some of this wealth of inspiration found in the literary works of 20th century Christian writers. Presenter: Gerry Grossman Register
November 20, 2017: “Becoming Healers And Hope-Givers”
When Jesus sent out his disciples to continue His mission of proclaiming the Good News, He told them to teach, and bring healing and peace to all who would listen. This is the mission we receive at Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The whole human family cries out for hope, healing, and peace, and when we offer these gifts, paradoxically, we receive them in return. Presenters: Diane Rice and Karen Reeseman Register
December 11, 2017: “Enjoying Life: The Spirit Of Christmas”
Someone once said that the best way to show thanks to God is to enjoy the gift of life that He gives us. If we do not “enter into the joy” of life, we miss out on a lot of goodness, beauty, truth, and happiness. Our mini-retreat this month seeks to help us see and experience the joy that is ours when we enter fully into the life God gives us, especially in the Incarnation of His Son Jesus. Come and enjoy the spirit of Christmas!
Presenters: The Retreat Team of St. Francis Retreat House Register
The Monday evening mini-retreats begin at 6:00 p.m. with a full meal.
Please come to check-in by 5:30 p.m. After the meal there will be a
presentation and discussions in the main conference room, followed by
evening prayer; the closing blessing is at 9:00 p.m.
The donation for these Monday evening retreats is $25.00 per person.
***Please pre-register at least 10 days before the retreat by calling
the retreat house office, 610-258-3053 so that we can adequately
prepare for the meals and the distribution of hand-outs.
The Retreat Team at St. Francis Retreat House
3918 Chipman Road, Easton, Pa. 18045
610-258-3053 Ext. 0 .