Retreat Centers Offer Ways to Discover ‘Richer Life and Living’

Maria Hayes Franciscan World


Mount St. Francis in Peekskill, N.Y.

Are emotions our friends or our foes?

Sr. Danielle Marie Baran, a Sister of the Resurrection, will address this question through prayers and reflection during a retreat this month at Mount St. Francis in Peekskill, N.Y. The retreat will explore the four basic emotions — anger, fear, sadness and happiness.

“This is an invitation to discover anew these ‘stepping stones’ to a fuller and richer ‘life and living’ that God desires for each of us,” according to the event’s description.

A detailed itinerary about the Oct. 18 retreat is available in a flyer. Interested participants are asked to RSVP by Oct. 10 to Sr. Laura Morgan by calling 914-737-3373. A donation of $25 is suggested.

The program at Mount St. Francis, located on the Hudson River between New York City and Poughkeepsie, is one of several being offered by Franciscan retreat centers in the Northeast. At St. Francis Retreat House in Easton, Pa., for example, the staff is offering a variety of lively programs.

From Oct. 17 to 19, participants are invited to explore the idea “It’s a Gift to Be Simple.” The men’s and women’s retreat will focus on the phrase “We are called to live simply so that others may simply live,” an idea that reflects the spirit of St. Francis, the writing of Dorothy Day and the leadership of Pope Francis. This program, led by Jeanne Hunt, will cost $165. To register, contact the center at 610-258-3053 ext. 10.

The retreat center also invites people to attend “Pre-Christmas With the Franciscans” from Dec. 20 to 21. The weekend retreat will focus on final preparations for the Solemnity of Jesus’ birth. The cost is $95.

Additional information about upcoming programs at the retreat center roughly 70 miles north of Philadelphia can be found online.

Maria Hayes is communications coordinator for Holy Name Province.