North Jersey Franciscan Center Offers Advent Programs

HNP Communications Franciscan World

RINGWOOD, N.J. – The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia are sponsoring several advent programs at its retreat center in northern New Jersey. The events will be held at the Franciscan Spiritual Center at Mount Saint Francis in Ringwood, across the street from the Province’s Holy Name Community skilled nursing home.

Dates and themes of the programs:
►Nov. 30 – Dec.  2:  Advent Retreat Weekend
Directors:  Annette Lucchese, OSF,   and Rosemary Napolitano, OSF

►Dec. 1, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.: “Come to the Stable with Francis of Assisi”
Presenter: Matthew Cola, OSF

►Dec. 5, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.: “Encore: Come to the Stable with St. Francis”
Presenter: Matthew Cola, OSF

The spiritual center has been renovated recently. A new chair lift was added to the Madonna Center to give access to second floor accommodations. This was made available through funds raised by the 2007 golf outing. Through the efforts of the Knights of Columbus at Holy Name’s St. Mary Parish in Pompton Lakes, N.J, a gazebo has also been erected in memory of St. Francis Clare Verderosa, OSF, according to the center’s fall newsletter. 

Information can be obtained by calling the center at 973-962-9778 or A description of the facilities and programs is available on the center’s Web site.