Mother Boniface Spirituality Center - Upcoming Retreats

April 2015


Tuesdays: April 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 12
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The Risen Lord Jesus promised: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses.”  (Acts 1:8)  Prepare for Pentecost (May 24) by studying the adventures and trials of Sts. Peter and Paul. Learn from them how to become “missionary disciples” who confidently bear witness to faith in Jesus Christ. 

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: Free Will Offering

Registration due 10 days prior to program

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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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Young Adult Meeting

Monday, April 27
From 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Calling all Young Adults in the Northeast Philadelphia area!

Are you a young adult in your 20’s and 30’s? Are you a recent college graduate who has come back home to find that there are no young adult groups around you? Are you looking to meet fellow Catholics in the Northeast Philadelphia area while deepening your faith? Are you interested in being part of a brand new Young Adult Ministry? Are you interested in answering your missionary call to serve others, and in the words of Father Thomas Augustine Judge, “Be good, do good, and be a power for good”?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come for a Young Adult interest meeting at Mother Boniface Spirituality Center. We want to hear your voice and feedback on how we can serve you as well as other young adults in the Northeast Philadelphia area. We will discuss ideas for potential programs, events, mission trips, and activities that promote and enliven the four pillars of our Catholic faith: The Profession of Faith, Liturgy and Sacraments, Life in Christ, and Christian Prayer.

If you are interested in attending the first meeting which will be held on Monday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m., please call us at (267) 350-1835 or email us at There will be free snacks and drinks for all who attend!



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 on/before April 23rd so that there are enough nibbles, tea, and books for everyone!

Fee: Free Will Offering



May 2015


Saturday, May 2nd
From 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A Workshop for priests, deacons, social workers, mental health professionals, healthcare professionals, parish ministers, and those who care!

Understanding the wounds left by abortion
-What issues typically arise in the aftermath of abortion?
-For newly-aborted mothers? For those who have suffered for years?
-For post-abortive fathers? For family members and friends?

Learning how to respond
-What are the steps in the process of healing and reconciliation?
-How can trust in God’s mercy be fostered and hope restored?
-What is the place of repentance and forgiveness?

Presenter: Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel, the post-abortion healing ministry of the Catholic Church and Executive Director of the National Office for Post-Abortion Healing and Reconciliation

Fee: $40 (including $15 nonrefundable deposit), Lunch Included

Please register by Saturday April 25, 2015

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Wednesday Evenings: May 13, 20, 27, and June 3, 10
Film begins at 7:00 p.m.

Everyone is invited to Mother Boniface Spirituality Center for a series of Young Adult Movie Nights beginning May 13th, 2015. Invite all of your friends… and don’t forget to bring your favorite cereal and snacks. Check below for the list of movies and dates:

  • May 13: Life is Beautiful
  • May 20: The Way
  • May 27: The Sound of Music
  • June 3: The Human Experience
  • June 10: “Viewer’s choice” (vote for your favorite film at all of the events leading up to this date)

Fee: One Box of Your Favorite Cereal

Please phone or e-mail to register at least 3 days prior to each movie night



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

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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


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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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 well 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 presented workshops and retreats on Centering Prayer for both priests and laypeople in the United States as well as internationally.
-Roseanne Havird has been a Contemplative Outreach presenter for fifteen years. She has given workshops on Centering Prayer as well as on Lectio Divina in the northeast as well as in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

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

Please register at least 10 days prior to program

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JULY 2015


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

Whether Jesus found Himself in need of simply having His spirit refreshed, or to listen more attentively to that which the Father wanted to share with Him, He would make sure that He always went away to “a deserted place.”  Far too often, our lives get cluttered with deadlines and commitments that hurry us along and rob us of the opportunity to stop and savor the precious and holy moments that God has to offer us.  During this Silent retreat, we will take time to be renewed in our baptismal graces when we were anointed as priest, prophet and king, and what it means to model our lives on the One who is the Anointed, Jesus Christ, as seen through the legacy of some of the Church’s most holy men and women.

Retreat Director: Father Stephen J. Giorno, S.T., Missionary Servant of the Most Holy Trinity, has spent most of his years in ordained ministry in pastoral work and in internal service to his religious community.   Over the years, he has been assigned to various missions throughout the United States, Mexico and Costa Rica.

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

Please register at least 10 days prior to program

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