Mother Boniface Spirituality Center - upcoming retreat

August 2014

Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament

On August 4th, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., we invite you to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacred Heart Chapel of Mother Boniface Spirituality Center, to be followed by conversation and refreshments.

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

September 2014

Adoration Of The Most Blessed Sacrament

Monday, September 1st

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

Study Of Paul's Letter To Philippians

September 16, 23, 30 and October 7

Begins 7:00 p.m., concludes 8:30 p.m.

The second readings for our Sunday Liturgies are taken from St. Paul's letter to the Philippians.We will study the letter and get in touch with this community of believers whom Paul loved so much.

Presenter: Sr. Theresa Ahern, M.S.B.T. has served our community in a variety of ministries.Sister is a religious educator with experience in parishes as well as at a diocesan level.

Fee: Free Will Offering. Please phone or e-mail to register at least 3 days prior to program

October 2014

WOMEN'S RETREAT

October 3-5

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

In the midst of life's challenges, Jesus calls us to live always with hope and joyu!Pope Francis reminds us of this in a singularly beautiful way in his apostolic letter, "The Joy of the Gospel."Our retreat will center on how to live always ever more abundantly as people of confident hope, sharing this holy good news with all.

Presenter:Fr. DennisBerry, S.T. is pastor of St. Joseph Church in Holy Trinity, Alabama and serves on the Council of his religious community, Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity.

Fee: $160 (includes a $40 non-refundable deposit). Registration due 10 days prior to program

ADORATION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

Monday, October 6th

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

WELCOMING PRAYER WORKSHOP

Saturday, October 18th

Begins 9:00 a.m., concludes 3:30 p.m.

Centering Prayer is about "letting go" in receptivity.The Welcoming Prayer is about "letting go" in activity.It is a method of consenting to God's presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. Its purpose is to deepen our relationship with God through consenting in the ordinary activities of our day.This Prayer helps to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored – in the body.It contributes to the process of transformation in Christ initiated in Centering Prayer.

It is most helpful for this workshop to have had the experience of Centering Prayer.

Presenter: Therese M. Saulnier hasbeen praying Centering Prayer for over 25 years and has been teaching Centering Prayer and other contemplative prayer practices for over 20 years.She holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology, with a concentration in spirituality from Fordham University.

Fee: $40 (includes a $10 non-refundable deposit)Noon dinner included in cost.

Registration due 10 days prior to program

November 2014

ADORATION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

Monday, November 3rd

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

MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPELS

November 7-9

Begins 7:00 p.m. Friday, concludes Sunday following Noon dinner

Pope Francis sets us a marvelous challenge: "I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ."This weekend retreat will explore eight Gospel stories that encourage us to prepare our hearts for a "renewed" encounter, strengthen our confidence that the Lord is waiting to show us his loving mercy, and send us out to share our faith with others.Participants are asked to bring their Bibles with them.

Presenter:Sr. Sara Butler, M.S.B.T. has taught graduate courses in Christology for 25 years and just recently completed two terms on the International Theological Commission.

She is consultant to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

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

Registration due 10 days prior to this retreat

December 2014

ADORATION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

Monday, December 1st

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

ADVENT MORNING & EVENINGS OF PRAYER

Evenings 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on December 2, 9 and 16

Mornings 9:30 - 11:30 on December 3, 10, and 17 (repeat or previous evening program)

Come and pray and reflect with us on this Advent Journey as we prepare for the greater coming of Jesus into our lives, our homes and our world.

Presenter:Sr. Theresa Ahern, M.S.B.T.has served our Community in various ministries including religious education and retreat work.

Fee:Free Will Offering

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

January 2015

ADORATION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

Monday, December 5th

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

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 Ciorraserves 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

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

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

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

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 7-9

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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