Mother Boniface Spirituality Center - upcoming retreat

March 2014

Celtic Spirituality

March 7-9
Begins 7 p.m. Friday, concludes Sunday following Noon dinner

During this weekend retreat, Carmel Boyle invites us to pray with Celtic themes through song and reflections.Led by the spirit of song, you will encounter the spirituality of the ancient Celts who were ever conscious of the immanence of God.This symbolic pilgrimage will visit the sacred places of your soul's journey and reflect on the inspiration of St. Patrick and St. Bridget.The journey will be in the company of the Trinity, the angels and the saints as Carmel shares her own gift of faith which is deeply rooted in Celtic Spirituality.

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

Registration due 10 days prior to this retreat

April/May 2014

The Joy Of The Gospel
April 22 and 29; May 6, 13, 20, and 27
Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Come and join us these Tuesday evenings of the weeks between Easter and Pentecostas we study Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the New Evangelization, The Joy of the Gospel. In it, the Pope shares his "dream" that the Church will adopt a "missionary option” (no. 27) and invites all Catholics to become "missionary disciples” (no. 129), able to proclaim the Good News that Christ is LORD to our contemporaries in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Leader: Sr. Sara Butler, MSBT was one of ten women experts at the Synod of the New Evangelization in Rome and continues as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

Fee: Free Will Offering

Registration due 3 days prior to this program

June 2014

Week-Long Retreat:”Contemplating The Life Of Discipleship”

June 26-July 2

Begins with Supper at 5:30 p.m. Thursday , concludes Mid-Morning Wednesday

In this week-long silent retreat, we will explore various themes of Christian living with the help of Luke's Gospel and the teachings of St. Francis de Sales.We will unfold the profound meaning of Jesus' command to love God above all things and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We will explore the three important relational experiences we engage in as Christians – namely the love of God, the love of self and the love of neighbor.The Church invites us to walk in Jesus' footsteps.Let us reflect on how we best can imitate Jesus in our world today!

Presenter:Fr. John Dolan, OSFS has served in various ministries which include teaching high school, parish work, and serving as a missionary in India.Presently, Father assists students with learning differences at the Father Brisson Center at Father Judge High School.

Fee:$390 (includes a $60 non-refundable deposit)

Registration due 2 weeks prior to this retreat

July 2014

Meeting Jesus in the gospels, a workshop/retreat for women religious

July 31 - August 2*

Begins with supper at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, concludes Sunday following Noon dinner.

The first goal of the New Evangelization is to introduce people to Jesus Christ. Sisters will be invited to reflect on 10 Gospel examples of the "marvelous exchange" (e.g. a sinner washes Jesus' feet, Jesus washes the feet of his disciples) and to develop "Bible studies” to use for this purpose.The retreat program will include Mass, morning and evening prayer, Eucharistic adoration and Benediction.

Presenters:Sr. Sara Butler, MSBT will be the retreat leader and Fr. Stephen Giorno, ST will be the chaplain for this workshop/retreat.

Fee:$200 (includes a $40 non-refundable deposit) $110 for commuters

Registration due 10 days prior to this program

Note:Those who wish extended time for retreat, may extend the time beyond the end of the program for several more days at a reduced rate of $45 per day.

August 2014

Day for Spiritual Directors

Friday, August 8

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The day’s program for spiritual directors will be a short, focused attempt to explore what exactly is the purpose of spiritual direction and how it can best be accomplished.We will share our experiences and explore some of the best practices of spiritual direction; those most effective in the present cultural situation.We also will examine briefly some of the contributions that Therese of Lisieux makes to our vision of spirituality by the example of how she dealt with the young sisters under her direction.

Presenter:Brother Joseph Schmidt, FSC is a De LaSalle Christian Brother who for the past 25 years has been a spiritual director, counselor and lecturer.

Fee:$30 (includes a $5 non-refundable deposit) Lunch included in cost

Registration due 10 days prior to this program

A Weekend Retreat On The Spirituality Of St. Therese

August 8-10

Begins 7 p.m. Friday, concludes Sunday following Noon meal

This weekend retreat will focus on what St. Therese of Lisieux's spirituality can contribute to our own spiritual journey.Therese, as the outstanding contemporary saint of the "little way" of Gospel love, can teach us much about how a modern person who is seeking to do God's will actually "thinks and feels” as well as acts.The presentations, discussions and time for personal prayer and reflection will also provide opportunities for us to understand what is happening these days in the Church under the leadership of Pope Francis, who is sharing some of Therese's spirituality of nonviolent love with the world.

Presenter: Brother Joseph Schmidt, FSC, is a De LaSalle Christian Brother. He currently serves in Nairobi, Kenya, but is well known to our Philadelphia area and throughout the United States as a retreat director and author of books on prayer as well as on St. Therese of Lisieux.

Fee: $150 (includes a $40 non-refundable deposit)

Registration due 10 days prior to this retreat

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