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As I write I am reminded that we recently celebrated the feast of St. Jude, the patron of impossible causes and desperate situations. Our country and our world are experiencing many impossible causes and desperate situations: nature erupting around us, crimes incited by hatred and division, and injustices of immigration policies and procedures, to name a few. What can I do to make a difference? What can we as Franciscans do?
Humans are created to love. While we "have" love in limited and diverse ways, God "is" the fullness of love. So, each of us is responsible for witnessing to God's love in our own way and being hope to the world. As a Franciscan family standing together we may be even more effective in communion and commitment to witnessing God's love and hope to the world.
November is dedicated to being thankful for all we have been given. How easy it is to say thank you for our special gifts, but what about our continuous daily gifts such as a smile, hug, kind words or actions, someone's presence, a note received. The list is endless, and this November may we be more focused on remembering to continually give thanks for all that is.
In each Eucharist we express our gratitude for all that God has given us. God's love was so much that God suffered and even died on the cross for love of us. Do we thank God for our sufferings?  Do we truly embrace pain and suffering? Do we have a grateful heart at such times in our lives?
Last month the National Board met in Frankfort, Illinois to plan for the Annual Federation Conference (AFC) that will be held in St. Louis from June 21-24, 2019. We are planning a special section for millennials focusing on how to live gospel values in our world today and will implement some of your suggestions from past evaluations. We are thankful and excited about this conference and ask your continued prayers for its success.
We are grateful for all the community members who faithfully read "Musings”.  We encourage each member of each Franciscan family to join in this effort. Our goal is to be in contact with each Franciscan member.  If you are not receiving “Musings” please go the Federation website and sign up to have it come directly to you.
May we all increase our thankfulness not only in the month of November but daily throughout our lives!

Eileen Golby, OSF



Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, pray for us


Our current environment in the United States is characterized by competitive political divisions, laissez-faire ecclesial lacks of accountability, blatant needs that cry out for charitable accommodation, and stalking violence that pounces unhindered.  These negative behaviors stem from the conditions inherent in a governmental swamp, a too-clerical hierarchy, an exclusive ‘build a wall’ mentality, and a pent-up silent anger. 
One thought has been haunting me these days concerning the way to approach these dangers.  Religious life is of the Spirit: it is a movement, as Sandra Schneiders’ 1986 vintage work on religious life, New Wineskins, defines it.  Religious life engages “a group of people who are animated by a common concern,” and that admits “degrees of participation.”  Those who enter or align themselves with congregations or orders to live Franciscan values, even today, may have the same characteristics as artists, intellectuals, and religious whose “fascination with or absorption in the aesthetic or intellectual (or religious) dimension of human experience ‘compels’ these people to allow that dimension to dominate their lives” (pp. 28-29, 34). 
At the risk of ‘preaching to the choir,’ we find some challenging script from Pope Francis quoted in ECONOMY AT THE SERVICE OF THE CHARISM AND MISSION, Guidelines printed by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in March of 2018.  The context of his quotes can well relate to our own experience here at this time.  This text also offers us a theological appreciation of Jesus’ poverty and offers us ways to proceed in the face of need, injustice, and greed.
‘A poor Church for the poor begins by reaching out to the flesh of Christ.’ 1 
The contemplation of the face of the Father revealed in Jesus Christ, the concreteness of His love manifested in the Incarnation of the Son (cf. Phil. 2:7), leads one to discover Him in all of the poor and the marginalized.  One does not only give things to the poor, it is necessary to share with them, even better, to restore what belongs to them.  Consecrated men and women who have experienced the gratuitous love of the Father, are called to live the spirituality of restitution, to freely return what has been given to them for the service of their sisters and brothers:  life, gifts, time, needed goods.  The consecrated person seeks ‘a true encounter with the poor and provides an opportunity for sharing that becomes a style of life.’ 2
living sine proprio – following the example of Francis of Assisi – thus achieving the highest degree of evangelical poverty.
Consecrated persons are called not only to personal poverty – ‘poverty today is a cry.  All of us should think of becoming a little poorer’ 3:  – but also of a community poverty; not only should the members be detached from property, but also should institutions: ‘Empty convents are not ours, they are for the flesh of Christ.’4
The religious community, therefore, must stand firm on poverty, because ‘any Church community, if it thinks it can comfortably go its own way without creative concern and effective cooperation in helping the poor to live with dignity and reaching out to everyone, will also risk breaking down.”
As Franciscans here in the States, whether we are native Americans; or descendants of immigrants, refugees or undocumented persons; or newcomers as missionaries or students; if we are here in the States today, our faith ‘compels’ us to rise above the hassles long enough to join the poor in the caravans and trenches and bring them
 home, figuratively, faithfully, and maybe even physically.  Amen!

Carol Woods SFMA

  1. Pope Francis, Words on the occasion of the Pentecost Vigil with movements, new
                communities, associations, and ecclesial aggregations, Rome, May 18, 2013.
  1. Pope Francis, Message for the First World Day of the Poor, Rome, June 13, 2017, #3.
  2. Pope Francis, Discourse on the occasion of the Visit to Center ‘Astalli’ for services to
                refugees, Rome, September 10, 2013.
  1. Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, November 24, 2013, #207.


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there’s going to be an awfully large party someday
when the parousia happens
and we’re all called home at once!
saints from centuries apart
will sit side by side at banquet tables
laden with blessings beyond belief
Peter will laugh with Elizabeth of Hungary,
            Francis share stores with Mother Teresa
            and Thomas Merton meet Thomas Acquinas
            in encounters of truth renewed
            and questions deepened.
            Paul embraces Anthony of Padua
            as if already good friends.
our family tree will shake hands
and hug tight the hearts we only just met
names from dusty pages of family albums
come to life forever! never to be let go.
the celebration will be un-ending
the homecoming complete.
the guest list is open-ended.  all you need to RSVP
            is faith added to your invitation.
            commitment to the cross will carry you home.
            and grace will eucharist you along the way.
            as soon as your Easter tomb stone rolls away
            you’ll be seated at the table in your own sacred place
            the banquet can begin now,
            if someone will say grace.
                                    by Susan Spadinger




So here we are in the mist of Fall as leaves begin to turn brilliant shades of red, orange and gold. Autumn reminds us of the ever changing cycle of life as leaves are fluttering to the ground. We experience shorter day light, and colder nights. These are signs of the never-ending cycle of existence. Autumn offers us introspective moments of thankfulness and opportunities of change. Pope Francis challenges us to Rejoice and be Glad in our daily life as we keep moving forward. Yes, we are surrounded, led and guided by the friends of God. We are sustained and transformed by all these witnesses. Gregory Boyle's book, Barking to the Choir presents some interesting thoughts.


•                    “God is a Nudge, always challenging”

•                    “We need to let ourselves be bumped into and loved by God”

•                    “Right before your eyes, the holy is happening”

•                    “What God considers sacred won't be pigeonholed”

•                    “Jesus would insist we are saved in the present moment, right here and we need to find ways to establish ourselves in the here and now”


Recently the N.Y., N.J., Ct. Cluster of region1 held its Fall program entitled IMMIGRANTS/REFUGEES -EMBRACIING OUR SISTERS AND BROTHERS – A FRANCISCAN PERSPECTIVE. This title was propelled by remarks of Pope Francis.


•                    “Protecting the World's migrants and refugees is a moral imperative”

•                    “The massive migration across the world is the greatest humanitarian crisis of the 21st century”


It was appropriate to hold the program at Martin de Porres Village which is affordable housing for low income individuals and families. We have 150 apartments ranging from 1 bedroom to 4 bedroom apartments. The majority of tenants speaks Spanish and come from, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Venezuela. The presenters, Lorraine Campanelli, Director of Cabrini Immigration Services, Dobbs Ferry, NY and Jim Andreano, President of North Jersey Interfaith Cares, Inc. Although this was one cluster program in the region we need regions across the country to revitalize. As Franciscan we need to nurture life which requires human interaction in the messiness of life. Regions need to re-create themselves to be more effective in sharing our TOR charism, building relationships and exploring our understanding of Franciscan Evangelical life in our times. All regions have a large geographic spread and the solution seems to be clustering into smaller units in each region. This is working well in some of the regions. I would encourage everyone to consider organizing a cluster group in your particular geographic area. If you are willing to organize a cluster group that would be a good thing and may be enriching to many. This is a challenge to re-invent ourselves in the Faith and Confidence we have in God.   We may even be amazed and astonished at what may happen. We are our story; we are called to tell the story of who we are as Franciscans. Today, our National Office is equipped with the best technology giving us many opportunities of sharing and celebrating our successes in the regions. Our dynamic energy is alive and well.


            Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving.

            Brother Gabriel O'Brien, OSF



A recent bulletin from the Saint Marianne Cope Shrine and Museum contains news of an extraordinary discovery.

For many years a painting of St. Francis receiving the Stigmata that was in the chapel of the patients at Molokai was preserved at the saint’s shrine in Syracuse. Questions about its authenticity and origins arose over the years. It was believed to be the work of a famous Pre-Raphaelite artist, Edward Burne-Jones. Finally came the opportunity to answer the questions surrounding this hidden treasure. A scholar of Burne-Jones’ work from the National Gallery of Ottawa came to the Syracuse shrine and made a study. Imagine the amazement of the staff and sisters to learn that the painting was not only an authentic original but that art historians had been searching for it for over one hundred years!

 Burne-Jones created the painting as a gift to Fr. Damien—now St. Damien. It was a gesture that expressed the artist’s profound veneration of the priest who had given his life for the outcasts of Molokai. Upon the death of Fr. Damien, Mother Marianne took the inspiring image to the patients’ chapel. (Did she hope to provide a silent lesson on the holiness of one who willingly accepted the suffering of wounded flesh that overtook his life in a most mysterious way?}
The portrayal of this famous scene in the life of Francis, the Mirror of Christ, is unique. The image of Jesus’ body is more transparent and visible than in many other Stigmata portraits or frescoes. The six wings that surround him do not obscure his human form which is full of majestic calm, stillness. He is held in the web of angelic wings that bear him up between heaven and earth. Francis is also still, rapt in contemplation, his hands and feet already showing the ruddy marks of the Passion. Beyond are the soft autumnal hills and a sky in which light and cloud and blue expanse make the scene seem to be placed at the horizons of the world.
Why has this masterpiece only come to light now? What prevented us from realizing its significance for so many years?

There may be a truly providential reason that makes this the perfect time to rediscover this marvelous painting. Throughout the country the revelations of new evidence of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy are rocking the faith, the trust and the hope of thousands of members of our Church. In some regions the level of disclosure, the unanswered questions posed to bishops and cardinals, the testimony of those damaged by such abuse feels like a tidal wave of horrible proportions.  This pain, coupled with the daily revelations of dishonesty in the highest offices of our country, the assault on migrants seeking help at our borders, the unbelievable inversion of core principles of our democracy, leave us too numbed at times to find an adequate response. “To whom shall we go”? Where can light be found that is strong enough to drive out these massive black clouds of destruction?

Perhaps the image by Edward Burne-Jones comes out of its hidden place just in time to remind us that there are, indeed, some sufferings that are impossible to explain. That there are sufferings that must be endured, that ask us to trust in the Divine will and mercy. These sufferings challenge every category of understanding and acceptance. When Francis descended from the rocky caves in which he was stamped with the Stigmata, he kept silent. He did not attempt any explanation or revelation. He bore the wounds until the day of his death without giving voice to what they meant. He never gave an answer to the question of why he was chosen to bear such scars. He lived in the mystery of excruciating pain which he accepted as once Mary accepted the entrance of Christ into her very flesh. And her “fiat” would bring about unimaginable suffering as foretold by Simeon. Over the centuries, experts have debated and theologized about the meaning of the Stigmata bestowed on LaVerna. The silence of Francis endures.
Perhaps this is a season when quiet contemplation of sufferings too big to understand and too hard to “solve” is our calling in this time, in this season in which we are sharing the mystery of a wounded Church, a wounded people.  We might listen to the wisdom of Ranier Maria Rilke:
“Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day, into the answer.”
For more information about the painting contact the Saint Marianne Cope Shrine:


Margaret Carney OSF



Caravan of Hope and Fear

On October 12, 2018, hundreds of children, women, men and the elderly left Honduras to seek asylum in the United States.  Despite what we have been told, these are not dangerous people.  These are desperate people fleeing the violence prevalent in Honduras.  They have a right to seek asylum.

“Asylum is a protection granted to foreign nationals already in the United States or at the border who meet the international law definition of a “refugee.” The United Nations 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol define a refugee as a person who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her home country, and cannot obtain protection in that country, due to past persecution or a well-founded fear of being persecuted in the future “on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” Congress incorporated this definition into U.S. immigration law in the Refugee Act of 1980. Asylum is a protection granted to foreign nationals already in the United States or at the border who meet the international law definition of a “refugee.” The United Nations 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol define a refugee as a person who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her home country, and cannot obtain protection in that country, due to past persecution or a well-founded fear of being persecuted in the future “on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” Congress incorporated this definition into U.S. immigration law in the Refugee Act of 1980.”  -  American Immigration Council May,2018

By denying requests for asylum at the border, the U.S. administration is breaking both federal and international law. Military is being sent to the border.  Barbed wire is being installed on top of the walls to prevent entrance. 

As Franciscans, we believe in being a welcoming presence. Please contact your Member of Congress and ask for our administration to follow the asylum laws and grant due process to those coming here in desperation from Honduras and other Central American Countries.  Pray for our brothers and sisters on the journey.

Sr. Dorothy Pagosa SSJ-TOSF


A dialogue among lesbian sisters, congregational leaders, and formation & vocation ministers
November 16-18, 2018


New  Leadership

Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (FMIC)

Left to right:  Julie Franchi , Assistant Minister; Irene Laurence, Minister; Suzanne Fondini , Assistant Minister



St. Francis University, Joliet IL 
Praise God and serve with great humility!  (Francis of Assisi CantS)
Sr. Mary Elizabeth Imler, OSF
Vice President for Mission  
500 Wilcox Street   Joliet, IL  60435
(815) 740-2622


Online Certificate in Franciscan Studies

This four course certificate program is designed to:

  • Provide a unified understanding of the Franciscan Tradition.

  • Prepare students to form Franciscan experiences in their personal and professional lives. 

  • Strengthen students’ relationship with Franciscan history.

  • Discover applications to everyday life situations in today’s world.


    Recommended participants:

    This course is highly recommended for faculty and staff at any of the AFCU partners who wish to feel more at home in the Franciscan lived expression of Gospel spirituality, and the Franciscan intellectual tradition.  Because of the experience of the instructors, it is also applicable for those who are leading Formation Programs for Franciscan Religious Institutes, especially for candidates new to the Franciscan tradition.  This course would also be useful for formation of those in the Franciscan Secular Order or in preparation for a life commitment of associates to religious institutes.  


    Register: or 815 740-2622


Next Generation Franciscan Mentors

 We sponsor an annual conference for those who are helping form our next generation of Franciscans.
This conference is for you if you help in the formation of
• Franciscan vowed religious
• Secular Franciscans
• Associates/Affiliates/Co-journers
• High school or university students
• Volunteers in Franciscan-based service programs
• Those with a Franciscan heart

Inter-Franciscan Formation Programs
This program gathers Franciscan men and woman in formation (all levels) twice a year at Graymoor in Garrison, NY.  Workshops are presented on Franciscan themes led by Franciscan men and women.  

Our upcoming meeting dates and the presenters are the following:

March 12-15, 2019                            Fr. Robert Williams O.F.M. Cap.       


Franciscan School of Theology
Franciscan School of Theology



Please note:  All retreats and events are also located on the calendar in the "Planning" section of the new Website

Region 1

Blessed John Duns Scotus Library
125 Thompson Street
New York NY 10012

Franciscan Spiritual Direction:
Experiencing our Journey to God through the Life
of Francis of Assisi

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 1:00 PM

Brother Damian Novello OSF - Presenter


Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference Center
4421 Lower River Road
Stella Niagara, New York 14144
(Only 10 miles north of Niagara Falls)
(716) 754-7376, Ext. 2



CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER GROUP typically meets first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm.  Call for detail


ROAD SCHOLAR PROGRAMS on Niagara Falls & Underground Railroad through Sept. 2018 and “Deck the Falls …” holiday theme early December 2018 (Elderhostel, Inc.)  Call Road Scholar at 800-454-5768 for the specific program # listed below)    

-          November 29 to December 3, 2018 (“Deck the Falls: Holiday Happenings in Niagara Falls” Thursday dinner through Monday lunch – Program #22124)




Region 2

Franciscan Center
3010 North Perry Avenue
Tampa FL 33603

Centering Prayer Group 
Eileen Strawser and Jill Biebel
Tuesdays, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us. This contemplative practice follows Thomas Keating methods. The group will meet weekly with Eileen and Jill.  If you have any questions “and/or” are new to centering prayer email Eileen Strawser and Jill Biebel Please email to attend.  Donation will be accepted.

A Day with St. Clare of Assisi
Fr. Tom Hartle OFM, Presenter
Saturday, November 17, 2018
9:30am and ending with Mass at 5:00pm

Fee: $25.00 (includes lunch)
Overnight accomodations are available for an additiona $50.00
(includes a light breakfast)

registration required with advance payment of $25.00
by November 15

To register visit
or call the office at 813-229-2695

Save the DATE!
Please join us and make this year’s event amazing!
A Christmas Fundraiser Dinner with the Honorable E.J. Salcines
Thursday, December 6, 2018
5:30pm - 9:30pm
Tampa Garden Club
Please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring this event!
To register for retreats visit us online
or call during office hours 813.229.2695.

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.


The Franciscan Spiritual Center
609 S. Convent Rd.
Aston, PA 19014

Centering Prayer – Group Session of Quiet Prayer
3rd Saturday of each month from 10:30 to 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, 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 interested 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

Region 3


          Chiara Center
A Franciscan place of spirituality
        4875 La Verna Road
       Springfield, IL, 62707


Chiara Self-Guided Retreats

Chiara center can help create sacred time away by providing resources from trusted spiritual leaders. Choose your retreat journey at Chiara Center using the audio or DVD series to create your own retreat. Retreat must be a minimum of three days and two nights. Arrival times flexible.
Cost: 3 days, 2 nights:  $240 inclusive of guest room, meals, retreat resources including CD/DVD player. Each additional day is $65 inclusive of meals.
Visit web site for brochure. 



Oldenburg Franciscan Center

Blog: www.peaceandgood.

Mindfulness Retreat
Presenters: S. Olga Wittekind, PhD & Claire Sherman, PhD
Saturday, December 8th
9:30am – 2:30pm
Cost: $45 includes lunch/$65 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 Thich Nhat Hanh and Meister Eckhart, 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!
Praying With the Seasons: Autumn Blessings
Presenter:S Marty Dermody, SC (Director of Spirituality Center, Sisters of Charity)
Saturday, December 22nd      
 10am - noon
Cost: $15
We are all aware of the gifts of the seasons with each new day of our lives. Here in the Midwest we experience the changes of nature on a daily basis. Using photographs and the outdoors we can get in touch with our loving God. This program will allow us to observe and experience some of the ways nature shows forth those day to day changes. 
Audubon Bird Count @ Michaela Farm
Saturday, December 29th
7:30am – 1:00pm
$10 for lunch
Join us in tabulating species & number of birds for use in a national database that helps determine trends in bird populations! Beginners welcome!  Meet at Michaela Farm @ 7:30am.  Lunch at OFC.


 Portiuncula Center for Prayer
9263 West St. Francis Road
Frankfort, IL  60423  815.464.3880




Sisters of St. Francis

St. Francis Spirituality Center
200 St. Francis Ave
Tiffin OH 44883
Ph. 419-443-1485

Note:    Private retreats 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.



Tau Center
26W171 Roosevent Road
Wheaton, IL 60187

Region 4

Rochester MN Franciscans
Assisi Heights

1001 14th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901
507-280-2195 or email:


 Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls
116 Eighth Avenue Southeast
 Little Falls, MN  56345            


Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center

3560 Hwy 51 North
Arbor Vitae, WI 54568

For more information on these retreats see


Shalom Spirituality Center
(formerly Shalom Retreat Center)
1001 Davis Street
Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Call: 563-582-3592


Artisan Souls Creativity Group
Monthly Lifelong Learners 

Mondays, 6:30PM-8:30PM
September 10, October 8, November 12
Check-In Begins At 6:00PM

Facilitator: Mary Potter Kenyon


Were you the daydreamer in grade school? The child who stared out the window, entranced by a world that existed only in your imagination? Maybe you were the troublemaker who read books hidden in your lap beneath the desk, or consistently colored outside the lines. Whether you’re ready to reignite your childhood passions for all things creative, want your box of crayons back, or are looking for a way to connect with your inner artist and others who think outside the box, this new monthly group welcomes you. No artistic talent necessary, just an interest in discovering your particular gifts and having fun.


November 12 — Exploring Painting. Additional $20 materials fee.

Offering: $10 Per Session

Register & Prepay By The Tuesday Before Each Session

Reading That Matters Book Discussion Group

Tuesday, November 13th, 7:00PM-8:30PM


All are welcome to join in discussions of books that can impact how we look at our world and the people in it. Books are available for purchase at Riverlights Bookstore.


November Book Selection: "Carry On: A Story Of Resilience, Redemption, And An Unlikely Family" by Lisa Fenn


Synopsis: Lisa Fenn tells the story of an unexpected bond between two disabled teenage athletes that changed three lives. ESPN producer Fenn writes a tender and moving memoir about her meeting these young men from an inner city Cleveland high school to do a story, and the subsequent relationship among the three of them that would transform all their lives. It is a story of triumph, set-backs, fidelity and the strength of true friendship. Lisa Fenn produced human-interest features for ESPN for over a decade, but this particular story came into her life and never left.


Offering To Attend: $6

To Register Or Get More Information: 

Call: 563-582-3592 


Visit: 1001 Davis Street, Dubuque 



St. Anthony Spirituality Center
300 E Fourth Street
Marathon, WI 54448

The Franciscan Spirituality Center
920 Market Street,
La Crosse, WI 54601


Word and Community: A Writers Retreat
November 16-18, 2018
Friday, 7 p.m.–Sunday, noon
Presenter: Julia Walsh, FSPA
• Full: $170, includes overnight stay and all meals
• Commuter: $120, includes lunch on Saturday
Optional writing workshop: 3-5 p.m. Friday (additional $30)
Registration deadline: November 2 | 608-791-5295

A writer’s life can be lonely and isolating; yet, we are called to be communal creatures and boost one another up. This retreat provides an opportunity to honor the word as we write together in a creative community and away from our daily distractions. Prayer, talks, an optional writing workshop plus a supportive environment and plenty of writing time will offer the inspiration and fuel you need to make progress on the writing project you bring along—or simply get started putting words on the page.

On staff at Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center in northern Wisconsin, Julia Walsh is a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, a Catholic youth minister and a committed social
justice activist. Her award-winning writing has appeared in America, Global Sisters Report, Living Faith and elsewhere. Visit her online at and @juliafspa on Twitter.

Region 5

Il Ritiro
Franciscan Retreat Center
P.O. Box 38 ~ 7935 St. Francis Ln.
Dittmer, MO  63023

636-274-0554 ~ ~

For more information or to register
 check out our website;
call us at 636-274-0554 or email us: 

Tau  Center
Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

335 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis MO 63122


Region 6
Franciscan Renewal Center
5802 E. Lincoln Dr.
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Make the Franciscan Renewal Center 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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