Friars Invited to Inter-Provincial Retreats

HNP Communications Friar News

NEW YORK — Four Midwest Franciscan provinces are hosting two inter-provincial retreats in the coming months, exploring aging and where the Order is headed.

The two retreats, given by the provinces of Sacred Heart in St. Louis, Mo., St. John the Baptist in Cincinnati, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Franklin, Wis., and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Albuquerque, N.M., are open to friars of all OFM provinces.

“The Next Steps … Our Franciscan Journey”
The 2010 Inter-provincial Retreat is scheduled for Jan. 4 through 8 in Las Cruces, N.M., and is called “The Next Steps … Our Franciscan Journey.”

Brother Bill Short, OFM, past president of the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif., will speak on “Where is the Order Leading Us, as a Result of our General Chapter 2009?” The retreat takes place at the Holy Cross Retreat House.

“Growing Old Gracefully”
Senior friars age 60 and up are invited to “Growing Old Gracefully,” held Nov. 9 through 13 at San Pedro Center in Winter Park, Fla. Friars will hear Father Dismas Bonner, OFM, of Sacred Heart Province, and Father David Crank, OFM, of St. John the Baptist Province, discuss the various issues facing senior friars.

Retreat participants will explore how their body changes, when to stop driving, and the positive aspects of the “golden” years, among other topics.

Registration fees range from $385 to $460, depending on the retreat. For more information, contact Father Bruce Michalek, OFM, inter-provincial retreat committee chair, at 505-980-9409.

Information about the 2010 Inter-Provincial Retreat is being mailed to HNP friars this week.