Curious about spiritual direction? Wondering what it is? Join us at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 10, for a free informational session to learn more!

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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    Finding God in All Things

    The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in Daily Life: All those who are interested in exploring various spiritual practices and ways of praying to help discern the fingerprints of God in their life are invited to journey with us during this nine-month retreat experience.

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    Finding the True Hero of Your Story

    This August 18-20 retreat with Theresa Washburn is open to all types of writers in all stages of learning the craft. We will write to connect with a fictional hero as well as the one that dwells within each of us.

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    Contemplative Practice Through Picture-Taking

    It's not about what we see but rather about how we see. This one-day retreat led by Tom Roberts on Saturday, July 8, is a delightful blend of mindfulness/contemplation/meditation, photography and haiku. No photographic experience or fancy camera equipment necessary! Take on the “beginner’s eye” and discover fascination and beauty inherent in the small and deceptively trivial patterns, colors and textures that surround us.

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    Running as Sacred Time

    Ordinary runs can become amazing opportunities for spiritual growth. Join us Thursday mornings in July as we integrate new insights into our running practice.

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    Gospel Questions for John McHugh

    Here's your chance to hear explanations about confusing Gospel passages from Bible scholar John McHugh! Submit your questions ahead of time, and he'll answer as many as time permits during a special evening presentation Tuesday, August 22.

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    Icon Writing: St. Simeon the Godbearer

    Just added for 2017: Learn to paint this stunning icon of St. Simeon holding the Christ Child during our December 3-9 retreat with master iconographer Phil Zimmerman. No experience needed!

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    Icon Writing: Jonah and the Whale

    Learn the sacred art of Byzantine iconography under the expert guidance of Phil Zimmerman, July 9-15, as we paint Jonah and the Whale. A few seats are still open!

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    At the Center newsletter - July/August 2017

    Summer programs and retreats include Running as Sacred Time, Contemplative Practice Through Picture-Taking with Tom Roberts, Gospel Questions for John McHugh, Singing Bowls at Sunset, Icon Writing: Jonah and the Whale, Eco-Love summer camp for adults, a new writing retreat with Theresa Washburn, a new support group for caregivers, Sacred Family: Mindful in Nature, Sip & Paint: Angels Among Us and more!

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    Eco-Love Nurturing Your Human Nature with Creation

    AUGUST 7-11: Come get your hands dirty and have lots of fun as we make new connections between spirituality and ecology during this summer camp for adults.

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    Sacred Family: Mindful in Nature

    Kids ages 4 to 12 and their adult family member are invited to join us August 12 to explore the sacredness of life in nature, led by Jan Wellik.

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    Singing Bowls at Sunset

    Tom Roberts leads this special evening Tuesday, July 11, out at the Villa on St. Joseph Ridge to experience the power and beauty of traditional Tibetan singing bowls outside as the sun sets on the ridge.

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    Sip & Paint: Angels Among Us

    We are teaming up with local art studio Creative Canvas and Board for a spirited evening of reflection, painting and wine sipping on August 3. No artistic experience necessary!

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    Caregivers Support Group

    Are you in need of support as you care for a parent or spouse? Anita Dahlby leads this new group for caregivers of older family members on the third Monday of the month.

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Upcoming Programs & Retreats

Mindful Meditation
July 1, 2017 8:00 am
This open group allows you to find support, energy and discipline for your meditation practice... Location: Franciscan Spirituality Center
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Depressed Anonymous
July 3, 2017 5:30 pm
Depressed Anonymous is a 12-step group where people dealing with depression can generate positive... Location: Franciscan Spirituality Center
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