Friends of Francis Retreat
“Franciscan Belonging – Everything is Connected”

October 28 – 30

The Friends of Francis Retreat is attended by many members of the Order of Franciscans Secular but open to anyone with a heart for Saint Francis and Franciscan Spirituality

Pope Francis reminds us that “everything is interconnected, and that genuine care for our own lives and our relationship with nature is inseparable from fraternity, justice and faithfulness to others” (Laudato si’, #70). Pope Francis challenges us to restore “belonging” to our human and natural worlds through brotherhood and sisterhood in our common home. Using our own Franciscan tradition and the insights of Pope Francis, this retreat will help us reflect on the role we Franciscans play in building a common home where everyone and everything belongs.

Retreat Presenter: Michael Blastic, ofm, is a brother of Holy Name Province in New York. He is presently teaching in the Franciscan School of Theology at the University of San Diego. His ministry has focused on education (having taught at the Washington Theological Union, St. Bonaventure University and Siena College) and the initial and ongoing formation of Franciscans. He has given workshops and preached retreats around the world, published essays on Franciscan topics, and works to keep the vision of our Franciscan tradition present and alive in our lives, minds and hearts. Recently, eighteen Franciscan scholars dedicated a volume of essays in his honor both for Mike’s seventy birthday and ministry through the years.

The retreat will begin on Friday evening, at 7:30 p.m., and end Sunday, after brunch, which is served at 12:30 p.m.

Things our retreatants say:

  • The liturgies were inspirational and the homilies added more meaning. I’m so impressed by howdown-to-earth Father Jim and Brother Bob are as they relate to us
  • The time here has been healing. Truly my spirit gives thanks to our God for this time

  • The retreat conferences were excellent. So much food for thought and nourishment for the soul. Lots to take into prayer and on my daily faith walk.
  • The blend of scheduled time to free time is just right. It allows me to reflect, refresh and recharge my soul to put a little bounce in my step!

Registration Information

Cost: $190.00 per person. Pre-registration is required, along with a $35.00 registration fee.

Register online or call (952) 447-2182.
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More about the Secular Franciscan Order and the Fraternity that meets here at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center.

Although we are a Catholic Retreat center, we welcome spiritual seekers from all faith walks.  Catholic in nature, we offer Christian Retreats that can be enjoyed by all.

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