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Postponed until 2021
Facilitator: Sr. Nancy Schreck, OSF
There are times in our lives, be it in contemplative sitting, immersed in radical social action or somewhere in-between when we meet an Energy that interrupts, disrupts and surprises us. This retreat will use scripture and women mystics from a variety of traditions to explore these experiences and to notice the “in breaking” of the Divine which is beyond our safe management. Participants are invited to come with their awareness of these experiences, their dreams, and their desire for a more expansive spiritual responsiveness. All are welcome!
Sr. Nancy Schreck, OSF, currently serves as Program Director of EXCEL (for at risk youth/adults), in Okolona, MS. She has served as presenter, educator and facilitator for groups worldwide and has served in leadership roles for the Sisters of St. Francis, as the President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and as a U.S. Delegate for the International Union of General Superiors. Sr. Nancy holds a MA in Religious Education from Boston College and a Doctorate in Ministry from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA.
MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP FOR ALL: FROM JESUS TO POPE FRANCIS
Facilitator: Dr. Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp, PhD
Pope Francis challenges us to be missionary disciples in reaching out to people living on the margins (and not by choice). Gittins illustrates through scripture what it means to be with those at the margins and challenges the church to a life of unpredictable, risky discipleship. Gittins calls us to go to the edges of society as modeled by Jesus.
Dr. Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp, taught Theology and Anthropology at The Missionary Institute, London, UK. He then became Associate Professor of Mission Studies and Professor of Theological Anthropology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is now Emeritus Professor of Theology and Culture. As a native of England and of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, he continues to offer workshops, seminars, short courses and retreats, within the United States and further afield, from Australia to Africa. He is the author of 18 books on theological and anthropological topics, and on mission and spirituality.
MAKING ALL THINGS NEW: BECOMING A NEW CREATION
Postponed until 2021
Facilitator: Fr. Joseph Nassal, CPPS
When we hear that something is “new and improved,” we anticipate it is better than the “old” model. But on the journey of faith, a “new creation” is the promise of transformation that comes from God’s generous grace. The call of the gospels is to become a new creation in the Risen Christ. It is the profound belief that each and every person, made in God’s image and likeness, can be restored and renewed in Christ. No matter where we are on our journey, God offers the possibility of a new beginning. This retreat will explore in practical and prayerful ways what it means to become a new creation and to serve with a renewed sense of purpose and passion for life.
Fr. Joe Nassal, CPPS is the author of eight books including The Conspiracy of Compassion, Rest Stops for the Soul, Premeditated Mercy, Moments of Truth, and Stations of the Crib. A Missionary of the Precious Blood, he has been engaged in retreat, renewal and reconciliation ministry since 1988, including three years as director of Shantivanam, the House of Prayer for the Archdiocese of Kansas City. From 2002-2006, he was involved in establishing the Precious Blood Center for Reconciliation on the south side of Chicago. Ordained in 1982, Fr. Joe has served in parish, justice and peace, formation, and vocation ministry for his religious community, including 24 years on the provincial council. He was provincial director of the Kansas City Province from 2011-2019. He lives in Berkeley, CA where he is involved in establishing a Mission House of Prayer for those on the margins.
FRANCIS AND CLARE OF ASSISI: A SPIRITUALITY OF POVERTY AND JOY
Postponed until 2021
Facilitator: Dr. Susan Pitchford
How can we live the contemplative life in the midst of busy lives? Finding a way to balance prayer and action is a challenge. Susan will present how the Franciscan way of life can be balanced and integrated in anyone’s way of life.
Dr. Susan Pitchford is a sociologist at the University of Washington in Seattle and a professed member of the Third Order, Society of St. Francis for people who wish to follow the Franciscan way within families and occupations. She’s authored several books: The Sacred Gaze: Contemplation and the Healing of the Self, God in the Dark: Suffering and Desire in the Spiritual Life and Following Francis: The Franciscan Way for Everyone. She is a frequent retreat speaker and loves nothing more than exploring with others how to go deeper in the life of faith.