March 21, 28 and April 4 2019
9:30 to 3:00 pm
Mary is not only an example for the whole Church in the exercise of divine worship but also, clearly, a teacher of the spiritual life for the individual Christian. – Pope Paul VI
Due to a week-long retreat that we are hosting for our postulants (the young men who are making their first step in becoming Conventual Franciscan Friars), and because of our April Midweek Retreat, we will only have three Lenten Days of Prayer this year.
Our 2019 Lenten Days of Prayer, March 21, March 28 and April 4 will use the Blessed Virgin Mary as their focus. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary has been an integral part of Roman Catholic and Orthodox spirituality for centuries and in the renewal of the Second Vatican Council Mary’s role in salvation history is articulated in the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium. We will examine three moments in the life of the Blessed Mother that are found in the Scriptures.
March 21: The Annunciation and The Visitation: Mary as First Disciple, presented by Kathy Berken
March 28: The Wedding at Cana: Mary Points to Jesus–“Do What He Tells You to Do”, presented by Cindy Geiger
April 4: At The Foot of the Cross: Mother of Sorrows and Non-Violence, presented by Br. Bob Roddy, OFM Conv.
Participants need only bring their lunch for the day, and any reading material that they would like to have with them. There will be input by the presenter, a guided prayer experience, and ample free time for personal prayer and reflection. Weather permitting, retreatants may walk the outdoor Labyrinth or the outdoor trails. There will be an opportunity for Confession, as well as Stations of the Cross and the Liturgy of the Day.
9:30 a.m. Gathering Time. Coffee available in Dining Room
9:45 a.m. Welcome [Chapel]
Followed by Opening Prayer & Conference [Chapel]
10:30 a.m. Opportunity for Confessions or Spiritual Direction
11: 30 a.m. Guided prayer experience [Chapel]
noon Lunch [Dining Room]
1:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross [Chapel]
1:45 p.m. Mass [Chapel]
Followed by departures
Register online or call (952) 447-2182Register for a Retreat