The Franciscan Spirituality Center is a sacred place of peace and hospitality for those seeking spiritual renewal, personal and professional growth, healing, transformation and deeper self-awareness. We are dedicated to supporting anyone in their search for God, meaning and wholeness. We invite you to explore our many offerings: individual and group compassionate listening, daylong programs, guided and preached retreats, mind-body-spirit classes, opportunities for creative expression, meeting room space for organizations, hermitage stays and an innovative training program for spiritual directors. No visit is complete without a stop in our fabulous Sophia Bookstore or well-stocked lending library. Staff is also available for off-site workshops, presentations and programs. Come as you are. Everyone is welcome. Peace and all good!

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    The Journey of Advent

    Join us Saturday, December 10, or Monday, December 12, for a time of reflection and hope. Only $10.

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    Contemplative Living

    THE SERIES CONTINUES. Explore how we can practice contemplation through our everyday experiences, using the writings of Thomas Merton and others. Meets November 2, 16, 30; December 14.

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    Biblical Spirituality for Spiritual Directors

    CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY! John McHugh leads this November 18-19 continuing education program designed especially for spiritual directors who want to deepen their use of Scripture in spiritual direction sessions. This is not a repeat but rather an extension of the weekend in biblical spirituality he presents for the FSC's Spiritual Direction Preparation Program. Limited spots available!

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    Icon Writing: Jonah and the Whale

    PLAN AHEAD FOR NEXT SUMMER: Learn the sacred art of Byzantine iconography under the expert guidance of Phil Zimmerman. Registration is open for our July 2017 retreat. We'll be painting Jonah and the Whale.

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    When Life Throws You a Curveball

    How do we keep from striking out when life throws us the curveballs of unexpected and often devastating changes. Tom Roberts leads this November 11-13 retreat to practice mindful and compassionate acceptance.

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    Courage to Live: Healing from Grief

    Anyone in need of a safe space to learn healing skills and share their experience of grief and loss is invited to this new retreat October 28-29.

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    Icon Writing: The Holy Face

    SPRING RETREAT: Registration is now open for our May 2017 iconography retreat led by Phil Zimmerman. All levels of painters are invited to participate!

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    Art as Prayer

    No previous experience painting with watercolors is necessary to join this monthly art-as-a-spiritual-practice group led by the talented Mary Thompson. The next session is Monday, November 21.

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    Women's Christmas: An Epiphany Celebration for Wise Women

    We are celebrating the tradition of Women’s Christmas and the Feast of the Epiphany with our own special event on January 4, 2017. Treat yourself to an evening of new friends and traditions, plus a meal and gifts!

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    Family Advent Celebration

    Bring the kids and reflect on Advent, enjoy games and refreshments, and make a Jesse Tree on Saturday, December 3. Only $25 per household.

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    Advent Weekend of Solitude

    Give yourself (or someone else) the gift of a Weekend of Solitude in the midst of holiday busyness, December 9-11.

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    At the Center newsletter - November/December 2016

    IN THIS ISSUE: Check out our new issue for special opportunities for spiritual directors, programs to celebrate the Advent season and to survive the holidays, plus more nature journaling, mindfulness and contemplative offerings.

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    Anticipating the Holidays: Finding Freedom from Holiday Pain and Stress

    In this November 19 workshop, we will examine how to loosen ourselves from our unrealistic expectations and encourage self-compassion during the holidays.

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    Tea & Poetry

    You are cordially invited to an enchanting afternoon of tea, poetry and friendship during our second annual fundraiser for FSC scholarships, Saturday, January 21, 2017, with guest presenter Marci Madary.

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    Sacred Space/Artful Living: November Trees and Intuition

    Join us November 11-12 for guided journaling, simple artistic practices and silent time in nature as we connect to our inner selves and the world around us.

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    Mindfulness Practices for Stress Reduction

    Greg Lovell's monthly series is back! Join us the third Tuesday of the month to practice mindfulness and reflect on your experience with others. No previous experience necessary. Come to all sessions or attend as you can. Next session: 5:30-6:30 p.m. November 15. Only $10!

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Upcoming Programs & Retreats

Courage to Live: Healing from Grief
October 28, 2016 7:00 pm
October 28-29 Healing from grief is not a journey that is complete in a few months or... Location: Franciscan Spirituality Center
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Courage to Live: Healing from Grief
October 29, 2016 9:00 am
October 28-29 Healing from grief is not a journey that is complete in a few months or... Location: Franciscan Spirituality Center
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