Interprovincial Retreat in January to Feature Franciscan Scholarship

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The 2015 interprovincial retreat has been announced. The event — which features a presentation by a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph who specializes in the teachings of John Duns Scotus — will be held from Jan. 5 to 9 at Holy Cross Retreat Center, less than an hour from El Paso, Texas.

The gathering, “An Approach to Hope: The Gospels Through the Lens of Franciscan Scholarship,” is being led by Sr. Mary Beth Ingham, CSJ, a professor of philosophical theology at the Franciscan School of Theology in Oceanside, Calif. Her presentation will discuss the Franciscan spiritual trajectory of Scotus in the broadest possible strokes, said Sr. Mary Beth.

The retreat is open to friars from all OFM provinces and is being sponsored by four provinces: Assumption, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Sacred Heart, and St. John the Baptist. It begins on Monday evening and concludes Friday morning. Registration and payment are required by Dec. 20, according to an informational flyer.

This fall, friars from the three Franciscan branches — Order of Friars Minor, OFM Conventual and OFM Capuchin — are gathering at an interfamilial retreat called “A Practical and Spiritual Approach Toward a Hopeful Future.” This “seasoned friars” retreat — still accepting registrants — is being held Nov. 3 to 7 near Orlando, Fla.

Information about these retreats is available from Br. Bruce Michalek, OFM, chair of the Interprovincial Retreat Committee. He can be reached at 505-980-9409.

Jocelyn Thomas is director of communications for Holy Name Province.