FRANCISCAN FEDERATION
MUSINGS
SEPTEMBER 2019
Most of us are likely aware of the fact that these very weeks, just about 800 years ago (end of August, early September, found Francis of Assisi in Sultan Malek al-Kamil's camp, engaged in lively, faith-centered God-talk.
These two men dared to cross risky thresholds that allowed each one to discover that the purported "enemy" conversationalist before him was not a demon but rather a man in love with God, dedicated to the service of God's will.
              Image by S. Clairvaux, OSF

 
NATIONAL BOARD

"WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO OPEN ONESELF TO THE TRUTH OF “THE OTHER”?


What does it take to open oneself to the truth at the core of “the other”? To listen with humility and openness to the mystery of “the other”? To recognize and embrace the presence of God in “the other?” Pondering the Damietta event with others, particularly our Muslim brothers and sisters will certainly lead to such discoveries.

Mid-June found me at a viewing of The Sultan and the Saint film at our local Islamic Center. The discussion following was rooted in the life experience of the Muslims and the Christians who spoke about times of being rejected, harassed and judged, as well as the difficulties of changing one’s attitudes and biases. Particularly striking was a young boy of about 11 years old, who spoke up after we returned from the sunset prayer (Maghrib). He talked about being taunted in the school cafeteria by some classmates. “Come on, Rashid, you can eat. Aren’t you hungry. Why do you have to suffer? It’s stupid. You know you want to eat. I’ll give you something.” Another classmate, sitting next to him, said, “Come on Rashid, let’s go. We don’t need to listen to this talk. It is foolish. Your fasting is a good thing.” Rashid concluded his sharing by saying: “People who understand what you do, even when they don’t do it, are true friends. We don’t have to do or believe the same thing. We just have to know our own ways and respect the ways of others. That’s what I want to do.”

I daresay Rashid’s story and witness is the one that will be remembered from that evening. How important it is to gather the people, tell (or show) the story, and discuss its meaning from our own experience and desires.
Pope Francis has been highlighting this 800th anniversary year as he continues to promote his major papal priorities.  Francis said his 2019 visits to the UAE (Feb.) and Morocco (Mar.) “represent two important opportunities to advance interreligious dialogue and mutual understanding between the followers of both religions (Islam and Christianity) in this year that marks the 800th anniversary of the historic meeting between Saint Francis of Assisi and Sultan al-Kamil.”

Numerous commemorations of the anniversary have been or will be celebrated. Three of the upcoming events include the following.
  • The OFMs have a conference planned in early September in Istanbul, which will formulate and publish a Common Statement about Catholic/Franciscan and Muslim dialogue and relations.
  • The Conventuals, in conjunction with FAN, the Franciscan Family of Italy, and Unity Production Foundations (Sultan & Saint film) are sponsoring a Celebration at their Seraphicum University in Rome at the end of October.
  • The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph and the Stella Niagara Franciscans are hosting a commemoration of the anniversary in November at St. Francis Park, Hamburg, NY.
Celebrations of the remarkable encounter between two men of peace in the midst of war! Their message is our legacy. What might I do to promote that sacred message which challenges me “to know our own ways and respect the ways of others”?

Finally, I strongly urge you to read elsewhere in Musings about the Franciscan Gathering planned for next June (5-8, 2020) and consider how you/your congregation can support this significant Franciscan Gathering/Conversation. Please consider sending a strong delegation to participate in the discussion and discernment about future possibilities of collaboration with other Franciscan persons/entities for the promotion of the charism in which our life is rooted and which is our privilege to proclaim.
 
            
Sr. Kathy Warren, OSF – National Board Member
 
 
 
 
 

 
SAVE THE DATE!

Our 2020 Annual Federation Conference
will take place at
DOUBLETREE by Hilton DENVER
3203 Quebec Street 
Denver, CO 80216

Friday, June 5th - Monday, June 8th, 2020

 
NATIONAL OFFlCE

A Reflection on the Stigmata of St. Francis 
 
Franciscans around the world celebrate the Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis on September 17th. His imitation of Christ’s poverty and humility, his holiness, led to his own sharing of Francis’ bearing the marks of Christ on his feet, hands and side.
 
Francis’ love for Christ was so intense that he accepted, and even begged to share,in these sufferings of Christ.  Francis not only contemplated Christ, but closely imitated him by living a life of self-sacrifice, great love and compassion. We were reminded of this call to ourselves at our AFC in St Louis this past June. One reflection question on the  Founder/Poverty and Humility page went something like this:

 
‘As Third Order vowed to non approprio, what new ways of living poverty are before us by ‘letting go’ and ‘by letting come,’e.g. founding different relationships, selling /re-purposing motherhouses (as already begun in letting go of ministry institutions), rediscovering a federation, forging a new and simpler way of life?’  How are we, in our congregations, experiencing the woundedness of Christ in our own flesh? 
 
As we commemorate St Francis’ stigmatization this month, let us immerse ourselves in this mystery: let us gaze upon Christ, contemplate Christ, and experience the beauty of the cross. As followers of St. Francis, we are called and challenged to give ourselves unreservedly.    
All of us are poor, but together we are rich for, even in the challenges we face, as Article 8 of our TOR Rule says, ‘… with undivided hearts, they may grow in universal love by continually turning to God and to neighbor’ (John 14:23).  We may never receive the physical wounds, but our hope and prayer is that God continues to grant us hearts full of compassion and love.  
 
The forthcoming June 2020 Annual Federation Conference may also be an opportunity for us to look back and see how we have been imitators of our model, St. Francis.  We are called to come together and thank God for all the spiritual blessings that we have received and to ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen us, enlighten us and show us the way forward.  Being a true follower of Christ is a challenge, but as St. Francis contemplated and responded to God’s vision with an overflowing love, we are invited today to contemplate the way forward as a Franciscan family.  
 
This event involves huge responsibility in both planning and implementation. Like our Father Francis, we approach this responsibility with great love, born of humility and compassion. He pondered on what his vision of the poor and crucified Christ could mean. He said “Yes” and the Holy Spirit overshadowed him and he embraced the vision with overflowing love and compassion.  Let us allow the Stigmata story to bring us to the realization of Francis’ vision, by deeply experiencing and understanding  poverty, humility, compassion, and love.
                                                     
                                                                        Sister Lilia Kagendo LSOSF
 
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OR
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Executive Committee of the COMMISSION of ELECTED LEADERS

At the CEL meeting in June, three questions for reflection and conversation were presented. 
About thirty minutes were allotted for reflection and table talk.  The discussion questions were:
  1.  How can the Sources give us instruction in light of the scandal of clerical abuse enveloping the Church?  What is the same or different in the readings from the three different volumes?  What does this tell us about the evolving Franciscan response in the various time periods? What might this offer as a contemporary response now many hundreds of  years later?
  2.  Understanding the Franciscan antidote to poverty as relationships, how might we be called to leave behind our motherhouse and institutions and enter into a more itinerant model?  As Third Order vowed to non approprio, what kinder, more hope-filled ways of living poverty are before us:  building relationships, selling/repurposing motherhouses  (as already begun in letting go of institutions), rediscovering a new and simpler way of life?
  3. Grounded in our call to continual conversion, what united and truly transformational TOR federation "heart" will help us move forward  a kinder, more hope-filled world?
Open Forum:
One member requested help for a list of Franciscan Congregations who might be willing and able to supply canonical leaders for small congregations who do not have sufficient members to have a commissary and do not want to have the decision about their future made by Rome.  Frank Scornaienchi responded that the ECCEL could try to come up with a list of Franciscan congregations.  This suggestion received support from those gathered. 
 
Discussion followed on models of collaborative governance.   The suggestion was made regarding a pre-conference to address these two needs; the need for this discussion may be more immediate a year from now. 
 
Elections:
 Carl Vacek and Damian Novello were unanimously  elected to the ECCEL.  Joyce Shanabarger  was elected unanimously to the National Board. 

 Submitted by:
 
Margaret Mary Kimmins OSF

 
COMMISSION OF CHARISM SERVICES

IN MEMORIAM

Sister Francis Therese Woznicki,  a Sister of St Joseph of the Third Order of St Franicis,  age 86, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly on Sunday August 11th, the Feast of St. Clare. Sister entered the novitiate in 1952, and studied at both St. John college and at Regina Mundi in Rome, Italy. Sister Francis Therese spent many years as a teacher, working in formation ministry, doing retreat work, spiritual direction, and as a provincial director in the Cleveland Area. She was most recently one of our congregations honorees at the Franciscan Federation for her contributions to Franciscan Theology and the beginnings of the Franciscan Federation.
Funeral arrangements were as follows:
Tuesday, August 20th at Golubski Deliberato Funeral Home 3:00–8:00 p.m.: Visitation
Wednesday, August 21st at Blessed Trinity Church, 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial
Followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery then Lunch in Marymount Congregational Home Dining Room.

 

A TRIBUTE

On August 11, 2019, Feast of St. Clare, Sr. Francis Therese Woznicki, SSF-TOSF died. Her death came as a surprise but clearly her passing was a quiet “escape” from this world. She quietly slipped over life’s horizon into the realm where St. Clare—and so many countless women who had gone before in Franciscan faith—were awaiting her arrival.

At the very dawn of the Franciscan Federation’s existence, Sr. Francis Therese played a crucial role. She accompanied the superior of her own congregation (Mother Benjamin, SSJ-TOSF) to the first organizational meeting in Millvale, Pa. in 1965. Soon a conference of sixty Franciscan sisters met with friar-scholars to learn the latest research on Franciscan life. Federation leaders wanted  to commission a Spiritual Document that would contain needed wisdom and guidance for Franciscan initial and on-going formation in the wake of Pope Paul VI’s invitation to become immersed in the charism of our founders.  When the commission was formed, Sr. Francis Therese was freed to do full time work with Sr. Ronald Walter, OSF of Millvale.

The actual writing was preceded by a national survey. The new Franciscan scholarship that was just making an appearance in the USA would play a role as would recent theological studies being pursued by North American religious women. (Sr. Francis Therese was a recent graduate of Regina Mundi in Rome.) Working with a committee of seven Federation member congregations. In the end, it was the writing gift  of Francis Therese that wove the various strands into a coherent and inspiring declaration.

The work that created Go To My Brethren was a first step among American Franciscans toward finding and appropriating an authentic Third Order Regular identity. While reading that document today reveals many word choices and concepts that have since been replaced with more nuanced understandings or contemporary consciousness, the fact is that the depth and richness of what was created by that first generation of founding sisters is astounding. The discovery of the roots of a penitential tradition, the importance of peace-seeking and peace-making, the weaving of a renewing concept of religious life and the wisdom of centuries of Franciscan spirituality—all are to be found in its pages.  For several years, this document fed the hunger of Franciscan women to know and to claim their rightful place in the Franciscan order/s. In time, new initiatives succeeded this one. The “Madrid Document” whose advocates were Sr. Rose Margaret Delaney, FSP and Thaddeus Horgan, SA, was to bring both male and female members of the Third Order Regular into a shared venture of deepening our foundations. Finally, the Rule of 1982 drew from these preceding works to become the international basis for a deeper unity of spirit and mission for all. It was in commitment to the authentic transmission needed for a new rule, that the Federation recognized the urgent need to become what it is now—a unique organization of women and men following the same Rule and Life together.

As we say farewell to Sr. Francis Therese, we pause to consider the blessed history that has carried us forward to this moment in the life and work of the Federation. As she herself said of her experience:      May God be praised in, and through it all.
 
Margaret Carney OSF,
September 4, 2019 / Feast of St. Rose of Viterbo

 

New Leadership for the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, Manitowoc, WI
L to R:  Sister Leonette Kochan, Sister Myra Jean Sweigart (Vicar), Sister Jane Kinate,
Sister Theresa Feldkamp. Sister Natalie Binversie (Major Superior).
 
Installation was July 21, 2019 for a six year term.
The Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God, whose Generalate headquarters is in Woodland Park, NJ, received with great joy the news that one of their Brazilian Sisters will be canonized on October 13, 2019, in Rome.  

Blessed Dulce is the first woman born in Brazil to become a saint. Born as Maria Rita Lopes Pontes in 1914, she entered the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Mother of God, SMIC, where she received the Religious name Sr. Dulce, in 1933.  

Sr. Dulce was known in Brazil as the “mother of the poor.” She founded the first Catholic organization for poor labor workers in the state of Bahia, started a health clinic for poor workers and opened a school for working families. She also founded the Charitable Works Sister Dulce Foundation (Obras Sociais Irma Dulce - OSID) in 1959, which continues to be one of the most well-known and well-respected charitable organizations in Brazil, including a hospital, a school and care centers for the elderly and disabled.

In 1988, Sr. Dulce was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She died in 1992, at the age of 77, after battling lung problems for many years. She was beatified May 22, 2011.

Annually, the Sister Dulce Institutions (OSID) provide services to the following:
  • 3.5 million outpatient visits; 2,000 visits per day attend the Institute’s center in the City of Salvador;
  • The St. Anthony Hospital with 954 beds for clinical and surgical pathologies has an annual admission of 17,000 general cases and 12,000 surgical cases;
  • 9,000 people receive cancer treatment on a monthly basis;
  • 150 infants with microcephaly receive continuous care.  
  • 734 children and adolescents in situations of social vulnerability are attended at the Saint Anthony Educational Center;
  • 1.7 million meals are prepared annually for the patients and 537,000 meals are served to the employees;
  • more than 4,000 professionals work in the organization, half of them serving at the Institute’s Center.
       REGION 1    Catholic Action for Immigrant Children                  Stop the Inhumanity!
Catholic organizations have been organizing nonviolent campaigns to end the traumatizing abuse of immigrant children and their families by the U.S. government.  Phase two was a national prayerful direct action in Newark, NJ between 10a-12p on Wednesday, September 4.  National organizations partnered with local groups from NY and NJ, some of whom have been ministering to the people in detention and advocating on this issue for over 20 years. New Jersey has a Federal ICE office connected to the system of detaining children and the obstruction of reuniting children with their families. New Jersey also has 4 immigration detention centers, incarcerating as many as 2500 people. While no children are in these facilities, the parents who have been separated from their children at the southern border are. This event was in anticipation of the Feast of the Nativity of Mary (Sept. 8th).
This event followed a powerful mobilization of Catholic faith leaders to launch the campaign in Washington DC, on July 18th and a series of weekly local actions throughout.  With other coalition actions, this nonviolent action assisted in the release of over 2500 children, emptying both Homestead, FL and Carizzo Springs, TX influx facilities. 


 

 
 
 

                                   
REGION I

Church of Saint Francis of Assisi
135 West 31st Street
New York, NY

Center of Renewal
Retreat and Conference Center
4421 Lower River Road
Stella Niagara, NY 14144
(only 10 miles north of Niagara Falls)
(716) 754-7376, Ext. 2
NEW WEBSITE:  www.stellaniagararetreats.org 
NEW E-MAIL:  centerofrenewal@stellaosf.org

REGION 2

FRANCISCAN CENTER
3030 North Perry Avenue
Tampa, FL 33603
813-229-2695
franciscancentertampa.org

Centering Prayer Group
Eileen Strawser and Jill Biebel
Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 pm 
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer in which we experience God's presence within us.
This contemplative practice follows Thomas Keating's methods.
The group will meet weekly with Eileen and Jill.  If you have any questions 'and/or' are new to centering prayer,
e-mail Eileen Strawser at eileenstrawser@tampabay.rr.com OR Jill Biebel at jillbiebel@aol.com 
Please e-mail info@franciscancentertampa.org 
to attend.  Donation will be accepted.



Conscious Contact Women's Retreat: " I Am The Potter, You Are the Clay"
Thursday, October 24 - Sunday, October 27, 2019
With:  Sr Catherine Kanick, RSM
Surrendering our lives to God's protection and care creates the pathway to living freely, soberly
and spiritually letting go and living the Steps guides us on the journey to fullness of life.
The retreat is for women in any 12-Step Program.
Register early with a non-refundable deposit of $100.00
Fee:  $279/Single , $249/Shared

McGLINN SPIRITUALITY AND CONFERENCE CENTER
The Canticle Gift Shop

460 St Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607-1737
484-334-6807  Fax: 484-334-6808
Visit our Website or Facebook for more details.
mcglinncc@bfranciscan.org
www.bfranciscan.org


THE FRANCISCAN SPIRITUAL CENTER
609 S. Convent Road
Aston, PA 19014
fsc@osfphila.org
                                                                                     www.fscaston.org
 
 
Centering Prayer - Group Session of Quiet Prayer
3rd Saturday of each month from 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Cost:  Free will offering
A group gathering for those who have been practicing centering prayer.
In the space of one hour, there is a short reading or instruction, a 30 minute period of quiet centering prayer,
a 10 minute walking meditation, and a 20 minute concluding quiet centering prayer.  We close with the Our Father.
Prior to, or after this hour, there can be time for supportive discussion
and encouragement around centering prayer for those who wish.
For those who have never experienced centering prayer,
the Franciscan Spiritual Center offers a Fall and a Spring one-day introduction to Centering Prayer.
Facilitator:  Julia Keegan OSF


Contemplative Mornings at Clare House
(monthly)
About the event:
https://fscaston.org/product/contemplative-mornings-january-9-2019/

Clare House
https://fscaston.org/hermitages/
If you ever wanted to take as small group (not more than 6) away to a quiet space, surrounded by woods, for a nice retreat experience, you might want to explore Clare House.  It's a little fam house in the woods that is part of our Spiritual Center.  There are stairs, so it is not handicapped accessible.
To explore it further, or to make a reservation, call Sr Jean Ustasiewski at (610)558-5372.

Hermitages
https:fscaston.org/hermitages/
If you are looking for a quiet place for reflection, you might want to consider booking one of our hermitages for a few days.
They are comfortable and right on the edge of the woods, so you can truly be one with nature.


ST FRANCIS CENTER FOR RENEWAL
395 Bridal Path Road
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Tel: 610-867-8890
E-mail:  StFrancisCenter@gmail.com
Website: https://www.stfrancisctr.org
REGION 3
CHIARA CENTER
Web:  www.chiaracenter.org
A Franciscan Place of Spirituality
4875 La Verna Road
Springfield, IL 62707

PORTIUNCULA CENTER FOR PRAYER
www.portforprayer.org
9263 West St. Francis Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
info@portforprayer.org       815-464-3880


SISTERS OF ST FRANCIS
St Francis Spirituality Center
200 St Francis Avenue
Tiffin OH 44883
Phone:  419-443-1485
franciscanretreats.org

Note:  Private retreat or individually directed retreats can be scheduled for 1-8 days in length.
For more information regarding available directors, accommodations, or cost, contact St Francis Spirituality Center.
Meditation classes and day-long retreats are also periodically available.  See the website for current offerings.

REGINA SPIRITUALITY AND CONFERENCE CENTER
Sisters of St Francis of Syvania
6832 Convent Boulevard, Sylvania, OH 43560
For more information, contact:  Sister Joan Jurski, 419-824-3528,
e-mail: jjurski@sistersosf.org  web: sistersosf.org
Seeking the perfect setting for solitude, individual or directed retreat?
In the spirit of Francis and Clare, our lovely campus provides indoor space
and gardens for spiritual experiences on 89 peaceful wooded acres.

22 Overnight Rooms
2 Hermitages - reserve for a day, a weekend, or a week
Daily Liturgy at Queen of Peace Chapel
The Portiuncula Shrine Chapel, Grotto, and several other shrines
While on campus, visit All Good Thn



OLDENBURG FRANCISCAN CENTER
812-933-6437
Email: center@oldenburgosf.com
Website:  oldenburgfranciscancenter.org
Blog: www.peaceandgood.wordpress.com


HealthRHYTHMS Empowerment Drumming
Saturday, September 14, 10 AM - NOON
Presenter: Tera DeMarco (HealthRHYTHMS Facilitator)
Cost: $20
(Pre-registration is requiered.  Space is limited.)



A Retreat with Jan Phillips:  Beyond Belief:  Becoming the Mystics and Prophets We Are Called To Be
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Presenter:  Jan Phillips (Author, Artist, Activist)
Becoming a prophetic person starts with a spiritual practice.  It moves from silence to thought to word and action. When our words and actions are rooted in our spiritual commitments,
we become a light in the world and a force for good.
This workshop is any entry point into our own deep wisdome.
Using the tools of music, poetry, storytelling an imagery, we explore the landscape of our own experience,
mining it for insight and ideas about the work ahead.

Creative Pathways to God
Saturday, October 12, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Presenters:  Bill Tonnis (Singer,Song-writer), John Metz (Artist) & Ken Cecil (Business Executive)
$45 includes lunch.
Tap into the Creative Flow of Life!  God is still creating and you are called to take part!
Come and enjoy creative writing exercises led by Ken Cecil; art exercises led by John Metz;
and praise and worship lead by Bill Tonnis. 
We will also experience the orignal inspirational music of Bill Tonnis and the original paintings of John Metz. 
Expand the possibilities for your life's meaning... moving from darkness to light, discovering joy and peace! 
No artistic or writing experience required!

The Enneagram:  Working with your Type
Saturday, November 9, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Presenter: S. Donna Steffen, SC (Certified Enneagram Teacher & Spiritual Director)
$45 includes lunch.
This workshop will bring out significant aspects of each of the nine Enneagram types,
particularly around the virtue and vice (the driving energy) of each type.
Participants will be encouraged to explore how this operates in their own life. 
Some time will be given to breaking out into groups based on type.  
Through self-awareness, participants will be able to make choices in freedom as they live. 
Making conscious choices is an important dimension of the spiritual life.  
Pre-requisites to the program:  have a basic understanding of the Enneagram and come knowing your type.


Mindfulness Retreat
Saturday, December 14th, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Presenters:  S. Olga Wittekind, PhD & Claire Sherman PhD (Clinical Psychologists)
Cost:  $45 includes lunch/ $65 includes CEUs & lunch
Join us for a day of Mindfulness Meditation Practice. 
Mindfulness is a practice that helps us pay attention to the present moment. 
Drawing from the insights of Rainer Maria Rilke (West) & Jiddu Krishnamurti (East),
we will explore the benefits of Mindfulness for reducing stress and the clutter of our minds. 
Come and experience the joy and the inner peace this brings!




REGION 4

SHALOM SPIRITUALITY CENTER
1001 Davis Street, Dubuque, IA
To register, call 563-582-3592
E-mail: info@shalomretreats.org
Browse: www.shalomretreats.org

Centering Prayer

Monday, September 16, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Facilitator:  Marilyn Dansart,
who completed a 3-year Spiritual Direction Preparation at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in LaCrosse, WI
Monthly Centering Prayer gatherings
begin with 20 minutes of quiet, wordless prayer together. 
We then read together a short piece related to contemplative prayer, contemplative worship,
or other topics on contemplative living, which is folllowed with thime to share our thoughts and reflections on the reading.  Centering Prayer is much more about what God can do in us than what we can do for God.
Centering Prayer calls us to a spirit of openness and receptivity to God.
Newcomers to the Centering Prayer Group are always welcomed!
No Offering Required  To Attend.  Donations Welcomed.

Monthly Writer's Group
Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Facilitator:  Mary Potter Kenyon
is Program Coordinator at Shalom.  She graduated from UNI and is a certified grief counselor.  
Mary is widely published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including eight Chicken Soup books. 
She is the author of seven books, including a book on creativity that she will print in 2020.
Have you always wanted to write for publication? 
Is it your dream to someday see your byline in a magazine or your name on the cover of a book: 
This monthly writer's meet-up group allows time for you to share up to two pages of your writing,
with opportunities for feedback and critique from other writers.
Attend as many or few meetings as you wish.  Newcomers are always welcomed!
Monthly support and critique group for writers to share and get feedback on their writing.
Writers of levels and genres are welcome!
Evaluation, Inspiration/Encouragment, Education, Socialization
If you have writing you would like to share at a meeting, please keep it under two double-spaced pages, though you can bring more in case time permits.  We want everyone to have the opporutnity to share.  If you'd like to have copies to pass out for everyone, e-mail Mary at mkenyon@shalomretreats.org with your document and she will print out copies.
Offering:  Free Will Donations Welcomed
Registration is Appreciated, But Not Required.
Light Refreshments Will Be Served.

"Fathers, Sons and the Holy Ghosts of Baseball"
Thursday, September 19, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Presenter:  Tom Murray

Set within a single baseball season in 1974, author Tommy Murray's novel of the same name
follows a band of misbehaving teens, three cantankerous coaches,
and a high school baseball team pushing for the championship. 
Enjoy an evening discussion (and baseball cookies!)
with the author about the role baseball played in his life and for community of Bancroft, Iowa.
Offering: $5
Register by Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Fall Breakfast: Mindfulness Through the Seasons
Tuesday, September 24, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Presenter:  Katie Pfiffner
is a pastoral minister with the Sisters of Charity, BVM,
who was first introduced to mindfulness through the martial arts, and then, more deeply, in yoga.
How does paying attention to the present moment deepen our relationship to the seasons -
the beauty of the seasons in nature as well as the changing seasons we experience in our lives? 
With a brief description of mindfulness, and a demonstration of breathing techniques, 
we will open the door to what this practice has to offer.
Plan to celebrate the beginning of the Fall season
by meeting friends for a great breakfast of our usual array of delectable goodies,
while reflecting on what it takes to be more mindful.
Offering:  $10.00
Register and Pre-pay by Friday, September 20

T'ai Chi Chih: A Six-Class Series
Six Consecutive Wednesdays, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Instructor:  Linda Duehr
is a long-time student of our former instructor, Sr. Marian Klostermann,
and has practiced and share T'ai Chi Chih for many years.
T'ai Chi Chih is a combination of 20 movements that are slow, gentle, and easily done by anyone,
regardless of age or physical condition.
By circulating and balancing the 'chi' or vital energy within us,
the T'ai Chi movements promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual harmony and well-being. 
T'ai Chi Chih is a modified form of T'ai Chi.
This class is for beginners and practicing learners of T'ai Chi. 
Guided repetition of T'ai Chi Chic provides practiced learning of this wellness technique. 
As movement is non-strenuous, participants will feel comfortable in 'regular' clothing.
Offering:  $60 per Person Total, for the Six Sessions
Register & Pre-Pay by Friday, September 20, 2019

FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF LITTLE FALLS
116 Eighth Avenue Southeast
Little Falls, MN 56345
(320) 632-2981      www.fslf.org

Mysticism in an Evolving Universe - How do we participate?
4-day retreat, Thursday, October 17 (7 pm) - Sunday, October 20 (noon)
7-day retreat, Thursday, October 17 (7 pm) - Wednesday, October 23 (noon).
Sister Ade Kroll, OSF and Tricia McMahon, DMin, retreat presenters,
will help us discover how the mystic i
n us is nurtured and how it might become threatened.
Together, we will explore cosmologies, stories and examples of various mystics to reveal that each person has a unique mystical path.
For more information, retreat price and to register by October 2, please contact (320)-632-0668
or franciscanlife@fslf.org; www.fslf.org


MARYWOOD FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY CENTER
3560 Highway 51 North
Arbor Vitae, WI 54568
715-385-3750
marywood.center@gmail.com
www.marywoodsc.org


ST. ANTHONY SPIRITUALITY CENTER
300 E Fourth Street
Marathon, WI 54448
715-443-2236
info@sarcenter.com
www.sarcenter.org


THE FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY CENTER
920 Marke Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
608-791-5295
www.FSCenter.org
fscenter@fspa.org


Jesus@Work2.0: Digging Into the Parables
October 25,  8:30 AM - NOON
Keynote Presenter: John McHugh,
the director of corporate communications, leadership development and training for Kwik Trip Inc., based in La Crosse.
He holds degrees from the University of St Thomas in St Paul, Minnesota, and the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.
Discussion Facilitator: Kristy Walz,
a results-oriented consultant with 20 years of experience working with leaders in varied industries and roles 
to help them achieve their goals.  She is the owner of Confluence Consulting.
Register at www.FSCenter.org or Call 608-791-5295
Please note:  This half-day conference will take place at the Cargill Room at the Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern, La Crosse.
Leaders
REGION 5

Il Ritiro
Franciscan Retreat Center

P.O. Box 38 - 7935 St Francis Lane
Dittmer, MO 63023
www.ilritiro.org
il.ritiro@gmail.comer
www.facebook.com/il.ritiro.5


Tau Center
Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

335 S. Kirkwood Road
St Louis, MO 63122




REGION 6

Franciscan Spiritual Center
2512 SE Monroe Street
Milwaukee, OR 97222
Phone: 503-794-8542   FAX: 503-794-8556
info@francisspctr.com    www.FrancisSpCtr.com

St. Clare's Retreat
2381 Laurel Glen Road
Soquel CA 95073
stclaresretreat.com 

Franciscan Renewal Center

5802 E. Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ
www.thecasa.org

Sabbaticals:  Make the Franciscan Renewal Cener a part of your sabbatical.
Spend time in an atmosphere of quiet beauty and a space to develop a stronger sense of spiritual self-awareness and consciousness.
Rest and take time for reflection;  create your own program from our many workshops, courses and retreats.
We are happy to offer you a wide variety of options to nourish your mind, body and spirit.
Call 480-948-7460 to plan your stay.
 
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