Mother Boniface Spirituality Center - Upcoming Retreats

January 2015

ADORATION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

Monday, January 5th

Silent Holy Hour from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. followed by refreshments and conversation

 

YOUNG ADULT EVENT:
“I’M SINGLE AND I KNOW IT…” WHAT NOW?

Wednesday, January 14th
From 7:00-9:00 p.m.

In the Gospel of St. Matthew, Jesus asks “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female...for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh (Mt. 19:3-5)?”  If that is the case, then why are many of us single? What is God asking of us in our current single state? What can we do to ensure that we are following God’s will in this day and age? Come join fellow young adults    (20’s & 30’s) at this  evening event and dig into the meaning of living the single vocation in relation to God’s divine plan for us.

PresenterCarolina Soares, M.A., Team Member: Youth and Young Adult Ministry, holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University.

Fee: Free Will Offering

Please phone or e-mail to register at least 3 days prior to program

 

BEAUTY, A PATH TO GOD

January 23-25
Begins 7 p.m. Friday, concludes Sunday following Noon dinner

This retreat is an invitation to embrace a spirituality of beauty. Grounded in the foundational writings of Hans Urs von Balthasar, it explores the ability to introduce components of prayer, joy and spirituality into our lives today. We will focus on the beauty that resides in key aspects of a strong spiritual life, exploring the beauty inherent in appreciating the present moment, the beauty associated with forgiveness and the beauty that comes from gratitude.We will also explore darkness as a path to beauty, understanding that great beauty often has its origins in times of spiritual or emotional darkness.

Presenter: Fr. Anthony Ciorra serves as Assistant Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Fairfield University.He has vast experience in teaching, retreat work, preaching and formation ministries.

Fee: $160 (includes a $40 non-refundable deposit)

Registration due 10 days prior to this retreat

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February 2015

ADORATION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

Monday, February 2nd

Silent Holy Hour from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. followed by refreshments and conversation

 

FAMILY EVENT:
CELEBRATING MARDI GRAS AROUND THE WORLD

Monday, February 16
From 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Did you know that Mardi Gras is celebrated in many different ways around the world? For example, some people in the UK eat pancakes while others in France wear giant masks. Some people in Belgium wear costumes while others in New Orleans throw beads at one another in parades. Come join us as we “travel around the world” and celebrate Mardi Gras before entering the season of Lent! There will be presentations, snacks, activities, and prizes for the whole family to enjoy!

PresenterCarolina Soares, M.A., Team Member: Youth and Young Adult Ministry, holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University.

Fee: $10 per family

Please phone or e-mail to register at least 3 days prior to program

 

LENTEN REFLECTION EVENINGS

February 24, March 3, and March 10
Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Come and join us as we reflect and pray on the Paschal Mystery during this Lenten season.

Presenter: Sr. Theresa Ahern, MSBT has served our community (Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity) in various ministries including religious education and retreat work.

Fee: Free Will Offering

Please phone or email to register at least a day prior to program

 

JESUS CHRIST IN THE "NEW CATECHISM"

February 26, March 5, 12 and 19th
Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Take time this Lent to refresh your faith by pondering the mysteries of the Trinity, the Incarnation and the Redemption – along with the "mysteries" of Jesus' earthly life that are recounted in the Gospel.This short course is based on the first part of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Its biblically-based doctrine incorporates the insights of contemporary scholarship, the witness of the saints, and the treasures of the Catholic Tradition in a new synthesis that will appeal to the hearts and minds of all who love the Lord. Participants will be encouraged to follow the course by reading sections of the Catechism.

Attention, Archdiocesan Teachers and Catechists: This course satisfies the core requirements for the Person of Jesus course for Catechetical Certification.One core credit will be earned by attendance and participation in all sessions.

Presenter:Sr. Sara Butler, M.S.B.T.has taught graduate courses in Christology for 25 years and has just recently completed two terms on the International Theological Commission.She is consultant to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

Fee: $15 per session or $50 for the series

Registration due 10 days prior to program

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WOMEN'S RETREAT:
"MY STRENGTH & POWER ARE MADE PERFECT IN YOUR WEAKNESS"

February 27-29
Begins 7:00 p.m. Friday, Concludes following Noon dinner on Sunday

Even with a powerful experience of God's love and presence in our lives, we still live in the midst of trials, hardships and weaknesses.We know joy and peace and all of God's goodness – but not always!Where do trials come from and what is their purpose in our lives?How does God intend to make His strength and power "perfect" in our weaknesses?How do we stay anchored in the storms of life?And how does it all tie in to His promise of life in abundance?Come join us as we dig deeper into the mystery of suffering and the reality of God's total and unending love and faithfulness.

Presenter:Anne Trufant, wife, mother, recording artist, dynamic speaker and faith-filled retreat presenter.

Fee: $160 (includes a $40 non-refundable deposit)

Registration due 10 days prior to this retreat

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March 2015

ADORATION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

Monday, March 2nd

Silent Holy Hour from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. followed by refreshments and conversation

 

CELTIC SPIRITUALITY

March 6-8
Begins 7:00 p.m. Friday, Concludes following Noon dinner on Sunday

Carmel Boyle returns again to lead us through prayer, song, reflection and movement to encounter the spirituality of the Celts who were conscious of the immanence of God. This will be a symbolic pilgrimage to visit the sacred places of your own journey.The journey will be in the company of the Trinity, angels and Saints Patrick and Brigid.

Presenter: Carmel Boyle, M.Min. comes to us from County Meath, Ireland, where she is co-founder of An Croi Retreat Center.She is an accomplished singer, songwriter and recording artist who gives retreats, workshops and concerts throughout Ireland and the United States.

Fee: $170 (includes a $40 non-refundable deposit)

Registration due 10 days prior to this retreat

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YOUNG ADULT (18-35 yrs) ONE-DAY EVENT:
THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THE STORY OF MY LIFE: A VOCATIONAL EXPLORATION RETREAT

Saturday, March 7th
From 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

As the Author of life, God is lovingly weaving our story together. Though we don't know what lies ahead and can't peak at the back of the book, we are called to trust in His work. As we begin discerning the next chapter of our story, are we prepared for what God has in store for us? Are we willing to turn the page and discover our calling? Can we rely on God as He continues writing our story? Join us for this one-day retreat consisting of prayer, activity, and reflection to uncover what God has been writing in your life story.

Presenters:
- Maureen Masterson Carr, M.A., Member of the Vocation Team of the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity, coordinates outreach to those interested in exploring a call to religious life, as well as, lay volunteer mission service. She holds a Master's Degree from St. Mary Seminary & Graduate School of Theology in Cleveland, OH and has previously worked in college campus ministry.
- Carolina Soares, M.A., Team Member: Youth and Young Adult Ministry, holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University.

Fee: $10 (meal included)

For More Information/To Register*
Call: (267) 350-1835
Email: csoares@msbt.org
Online: Vocations

*Please register by March 1, 2015

 

YOUNG ADULT EVENT:
SOUND DOCTRINE: JOURNEYING WITH JESUS THROUGH LENT

Monday, March 9
From 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Have you ever heard a song on the radio that was so powerful, inspirational, and even “religious” but later discovered that it was just a secular song? As we prayerfully journey through this season of repentance and renewal, let us uncover the Lenten messages found in modern-day songs. Come join fellow young adults for an evening event filled with modern music, activity, reflection, and prayer. Discovering God’s presence in modern-day songs may be what’s needed to make our journey with Jesus fruitful this Lenten Season.

Presenter:  Carolina Soares, M.A., Team Member: Youth and Young Adult Ministry, holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University.

Fee:  Free Will Offering

Please phone or e-mail to register at least 3 days prior to program

 

LENTEN REFLECTION DAY FOR RELIGIOUS MEN AND WOMEN

Saturday, March 21
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Stay tuned for more details...

Presenter: Father Stephen J. Giorno, S.T. is a Missionary Servant of the Most Holy Trinity

Fee: $30 (includes a $10 refundable deposit)
         Noon dinner included in cost

Please register at least 10 days prior to program

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EVENING EVENT:
"WAKE UP THE WORLD!" THE VOCATION TO THE CONSECRATED LIFE

Monday, March 23rd
From 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Pope Francis has declared 2015 the Year of Consecrated Life. How does the Church define “consecrated life”?  What forms can it take?  What does it require?  Why is it regarded as a gift to the Church?  Come to an evening of information and find out! Participants will have an opportunity to hear from a consecrated virgin, a diocesan hermit, a member of a secular institute, a Sister, a Brother, and a priest who belong to a religious congregation.

Fee: Free Will Offering (Snacks included)

Please phone or e-mail to register at least 3 days prior to program

 

 

April 2015

YOUNG ADULT RETREAT:
JOURNEYING WITH JESUS ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS

April 24-26
Begins 7:00 p.m. Friday, Concludes 2:00 p.m. Sunday

Based on St. Luke’s narration of “The Appearance on the Road to Emmaus”, this young adult weekend retreat will consist of prayer, presentation, activity, reflection, and discussion on the following topics:
• “On the Road to Emmaus”: Savoring the Word of God in Lectio Divina
• “Preparing for the 7-Mile Journey”
• “Who do you say that I am?”
• “Stay With Us”
• “Recognizing Jesus in the Breaking of the Bread”
• “With Burning Hearts, Go and Proclaim the Good News”

PresenterCarolina Soares, M.A., Team Member: Youth and Young Adult Ministry, holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University.

Fee:     $130* (includes a $30 non-refundable deposit) 

Registration due 10 days prior to this retreat
*Scholarships available for current students with a valid school ID

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LADIES’ EVENT:
BOOKS AND CONVERSATIONS OVER CHRISTIANI-TEA

Begins Thursday, April 30th
(following meeting dates to be determined by participants)
From 7:00- 9:00 pm

In the words of C.S. Lewis, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” Come and be nourished in mind, body, and spirit as we read and discuss great spiritual books over tea (or coffee) and treats. Our first book, New York Times Bestseller, Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by Stasi and John Eldredge, focuses on the core desires of a woman and invites all women to recover their feminine heart:

“The message of Captivating is this: Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation. The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel as a woman are telling you of the life God created you to live. He offers to come now as the Hero of your story, to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman. A woman who is truly captivating (Book Description).”

No need to read ahead, we will read and discuss the book together once we establish the dates! Even if you aren't able to make every meeting, come anyway!!

If you are interested in attending the first meeting, please call us at (267) 350-1835 or email us at csoares@msbt.org on/before April 23rd so that there are enough nibbles, tea, and books for everyone!

Fee: Free Will Offering

 

 

May 2015

FAMILY EVENT:
FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: OVERNIGHT RETREAT

May 22-23
Begins 7:00 p.m. Friday, Concludes 7:00 p.m. Saturday

The Holy Spirit fills each and every one of us with fruit that help us live together in love. Come join other families as we pick the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control from the Tree of Life. There will be games, activities, fun presentations, crafts, and prizes for the whole family to enjoy!

Fee: $40 per adult
         $25 per child
         $130 maximum per family
         (Additional donations are welcome)

Registration and Deposit of $40 are due by May 12, 2015. To register/for more information, please call us at (267)350-1835 or email us at csoares@msbt.org

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YOUNG ADULT WOMEN’S WEEKEND RETREAT:
LIVING THE ROYAL LIFE: A WEEKEND RETREAT FOR ALL OF THE KING'S DAUGHTERS

May 29 - 31
Begins 7:00 p.m. Friday, Concludes 2:00 p.m. Sunday

Hear ye, hear ye! As royal “heirs of God” (Romans 8:17), we are called to live a life of nobility and discover our irreplaceable role in God’s majestic plan. Mother Boniface Spirituality Center is cordially inviting all young adult women for a royal weekend retreat filled with activity, prayer, presentation, reflection, and discussion on the (following topics):

Far Beyond Jewels is Her Value
• Clothed with Strength and Dignity
• Seat of Wisdom and Counsel
• Man’s Ezer Kenego
• The Work of Her Hands
• Fearing the Lord out of Love
• Laughing at the Days to Come
• Praising Her at the City Gates

Presenter Carolina Soares, M.A., Team Member: Youth and Young Adult Ministry, holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University.

Fee:  $130* (includes a $30 non-refundable deposit)

Registration due 10 days prior to this retreat
*Scholarships available for current students with a valid school ID

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June 2015

BIBLE IN A DAY

Saturday, June 6
9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Join Sarah Christmyer, Editor of the Great Adventure Bible Study Series, as she facilitates for us a One-Day video "Quick Journey Through the Bible". Designed for busy people, this Quick Journey in a Day will help you discover the "big picture" of the Bible story: the major people, places, events, and themes in the Scriptures. The Sunday Mass readings will never be the same as they come alive knowing the context and understanding God's plan for us.

Fee: $45 (includes a $15 non-refundable deposit)
         Noon dinner included in cost

Please register at least 10 days prior to program

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DEEPENING CENTERING PRAYER RETREAT

Begins Sunday, June 21 with Supper at 5:30 p.m.
Concludes Thursday, June 25 at 11:30 a.m.

Intensive Retreats provide an opportunity to more deeply immerse yourself in the spiritual practice of Centering Prayer as taught by Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. The silent retreat features up to three hours of Centering Prayer each day, two videos from Fr. Thomas Keating's "The Spiritual Journey" as wee as evening Mass. There are also silent meals, spiritual reading and soul friending provided by the retreat leaders. Before attending this retreat, one should have an established daily practice of Centering Prayer for at least six months.

Retreat Leaders:
-Fr. Carl Arico is a founding member and the vice president of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. He has traveled extensively internationally to present workshops and retreats for both priests and laypeople.
-Roseanne Havird

Fee: $320 (includes a $40 non-refundable deposit)

Please register at least 10 days prior to program

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JULY/AUGUST 2015

FAMILY EVENT:
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS UNDER THE STARS (SERIES):

Dates: Fridays, July 10th – August 28th 2015
From 7:00- 10:00 pm

Everyone is invited to Mother Boniface Spirituality Center for a series of family movie nights under the stars beginning July 10, 2015. Invite all of your friends and family… and don’t forget to bring your favorite blanket and snacks. Check below for the list of movies and dates:

• July 10: Frozen
• July 17: UP
• July 24: How to Train your Dragon
• July 31: How to Train your Dragon II
• August 7: Beauty and the Beast
• August 14: Aladdin
• August 21: The Lion King
• August 28: “Viewer’s choice” (vote for your favorite film at all of the events leading up to this date)

Fee:  $5 per person (Snacks and Drinks included); kids (12 and under) are free
 

SILENT WEEK-LONG RETREAT

Begins Tuesday, July 14 with Summer at 5:30 p.m.
Concludes late morning on Tuesday, July 21

Stay tuned for retreat details...

Retreat Director: Father Stephen J. Giorno, S.T. is a Missionary Servant of the Most Holy Trinity.

Fee: $450 (includes a $50 non-refundable deposit)

Please register at least 10 days prior to program

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