Regular Programs

Regular ProgramsThese classes take place weekly, September through May, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. You may join in at any time. Call the office to register. There is no charge, but a free-will offering is collected at each class.

Scripture Classes

Monday Mornings —9:30 to 11:30

Directed by Fr. Dennet Jung, OFM

A Reflection/Study (Lectio Divina) of the Scriptures for the following Sunday Mass. This class will involve prayerful reflection on the Sunday Scriptures and a study of the readings as presented in the Sunday lectionary. A break with refreshments is provided. Classes will be held every Monday morning. Anyone may begin at any time to come to these classes. No registration is required. There is a free will offering.

Spiritual Book Study

Wednesday Mornings—9:30 to 11:30

Directed by Pat and Rich Kane

This well received program will return each Wednesday morning. Each week we read a chapter of the book and discuss the application to our own spiritual journey. A break with refreshments is provided. Books may be purchased in our Gift Shop. Anyone may begin at any time to come to these classes. No registration is required. There is a free will offering.

Loss, Grief, Bereavement Support Group

1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Directed by Karen Reesman, PhD, RN

The Friars of St. Francis Retreat House are pleased to add to the support groups held in the Lehigh Valley. This support group is for people experiencing grief due to loss, trauma, and/or death. It is an effort, on the part of the Franciscan Friars and Retreat Team of SFRH, to assist in helping people in the surrounding community to heal, be healthy, and to ultimately reach peace.

Prayer of the Heart—Contemplative Prayer

Thursday Mornings—9:30 to 11:30

Directed by Bro. Mark Ligett, OFM and Betty Power, CPM

Contemplative prayer is all about intimacy with God, and everyone is called to that intimate experience of God’s love. The course will look at the essence of contemplative prayer and study techniques which serve as aids to this type of prayer. Each week will provide ample opportunity to spend time in this Prayer of the Heart. Anyone may begin at any time to come to these classes. No registration is required. There is a free will offering.

First Fridays

On the first Friday of each month we offer a Day of Prayer from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Registration begins with coffee and danish followed by Presentation, Eucharist, Lunch, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and concludes with Benediction. Suggested offering: $30 Please call or email to register.

Job Transition Workshop

Job Hunting in Economically Stressed Times
2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Open to The Public – Attendance Free-No Pre-Registration required
Mission Statement: St. Francis Job Transition Group is a fellowship of men and women with a common desire to become employed or seek career advancement through a Christian forum.

Monday Evening Mini-Retreats

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.

Conversations over Coffee

We invite you to join us for CONVERSATIONS OVER COFFEE during the year 2017.  At St. Francis Retreat House we are offering an opportunity for us to come together in conversations about our spiritual life and our relationships with one another as sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus.  There are no presentations on these evenings, just open and free sharing about our spiritual quests and our heart-felt concerns—our joys and sorrows, our hopes and dreams, and our struggles and doubts as we walk together on our journey of faith.  These will be real conversations with a lot of listening to one another and reverent dialogue.  In this way we learn to appreciate and accept the many differences we all bring to the table as a family of God.  In a world of many divisions, we will do what children of God can and must do, namely, recognize our common life, and come to know and appreciate our brothers and sisters despite the many diverse cultural and educational experiences we have as individuals.

We might be surprised about the many helpful suggestions we may hear from one another as we share our strategies and experiences on this topic. Everyone is invited to participate. We will meet in Conference Room A. Please enter the Retreat House through the front portico glass doors. 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. In the upper room at our retreat house. All are welcome to these “Conversations over Coffee.”There is no charge but a free will offering can be made.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings held  Sun. 8pm

Smart Recovery :Tuesday evenings from 7-8pm

SMART Recovery Family & Friends helps those who are affected by the substance abuse, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or other addictions of a loved one.  It is a science-based method that uses the tools of SMART Recovery and CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training).  

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