Tampa Retreat Explores the Bonaventure Journey

HNP Communications Franciscan World

TAMPA, Fla. — Fr. Andre Cirino, OFM, and Josef Raischl, SFO, will explore a “Journey of the Human Person into God” during a retreat March 20 to 29 at the Franciscan Center here. 

The eight-day retreat takes participants through Bonaventure’s soul’s journey with prayerful experiences, explanations and liturgies. 

The Franciscan Center is a center for spiritual renewal and is committed to the mission of Christ in the spirit of St. Francis. Its mission statement reads: “Amidst the beauty of God’s creation, all people are welcome to come for personal and spiritual renewal.  It is staffed by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, N.Y.”

Fr. Andre lectures at the Franciscan International Study Center in Canterbury, England, and has conducted pilgrimages to Italy, Czech Republic, England, Spain, France and Germany. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Immaculate Conception College, and a master’s in counseling from West Virginia University. He attended the Woodstock School of Theology. His ministerial experience includes parish work, Franciscan formation, high school education; Fr. Andre is a SFO spiritual assistant. He also worked at the Little Portion Retreat House for the poor in Bronx for eight years.

He is co-author of the book Teens Encounter Christ and he edited a journal on the writings of Francis, In the Womb of the Cave. With Fr. Raischl, he published an anthology on Franciscan solitude, The Journey into God: A Forty-Day Retreat with Bonaventure, Francis and Clare; and numerous other books. 

The cost of this retreat is $675 for a single room, or $585, double. 

For more information, call 813-229-2695 or visit the center’s Web site.