Two 2019 Interprovincial Retreats Announced

HNP Communications Friar News

Two interprovincial retreats focusing on brotherhood are being offered early next year. Friars from all the OFM provinces in the United States are invited to participate in the gatherings that are scheduled for Jan. 14 to 18, 2019, at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Feb. 4 to 8 at San Pedro Retreat Center in Winter Park, Fla.

Both retreats, which begin on Monday and conclude on Friday, will be led by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, the writer and globally-recognized ecumenical teacher.

Fr. Richard, a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province, aims to “create the spiritual space in which friars can listen to issues and speak about them in a contemplative faith-filled way,” according to an informational flyer. “His teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy – practices of contemplation and self- emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.”

Information about Fr. Richard can be found on the website of the Center for Action and Contemplation, which he founded 30 years ago.

Friars are asked to register for the retreats before Dec. 21, according to Br. Bruce Michalek, OFM, chair of the USA OFM Retreat Committee, who said “both retreats will likely fill up quickly.”

To register for either retreat, friars should complete the registration form on the flyer and mail it with payment to the supplied address. Information about the retreats can be obtained from Br. Bruce at

The retreat sites have long histories – both established in the 1950s – and are close to major cities. The Franciscan Renewal Center is roughly 14 miles  from the Phoenix airport and San Pedro Spiritual Development Center is approximately 14 miles from the Orlando, Fla., airport.

Over the years, a variety of interprovincial events have been held throughout the country. They include the recent gathering of friars professed under 10 years and the annual Juntos Comos Hermanos, as well as educational and fraternal gatherings.

The interprovincial retreats have been held for nearly three decades, Br. Bruce said.

— Compiled by Jocelyn Thomas

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