2015 January - June
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Franciscan Center

Jan _ June 2015

Program Calendar

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Franciscan Center

The Franciscan Center offers an environment of peace, simplicity and hospitality for all those seeking spiritual renewal. We welcome people from all faiths to come and find acceptance, peace and healing and to listen to God amidst the beauty of creation.

The Center is a private, non-profit retreat house staffed by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY and dedicated laity who are assisted by loyal volunteers in carrying out their ministry. Throughout the year, various professional retreat directors assist the staff in offering group programs and private retreats. The Center also is available for groups wishing to host their retreat or meeting here.

Our mission: In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, we welcome everyone who seeks spiritual growth through a deeper relationship with God in a place of peace, community, healing and joy.

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Disillusioned Disciples

Wed, April 1, 5:30pm – Sat, April 4, 9:00am

Father Anthony Carrozzo, OFM These final days of Holy Week, we will focus on the disciples, so many of whom were disillusioned with Jesus and uncertain where to turn as well as on those who remained faithful to him with hearts deeply saddened yet strangely hopeful. What was the difference? And where do we fall in this group of disciples as we witness the suffering of Christ in today’s world? Reservations by March 27. Fee: $240.00 (3 nights) $230.00 Religious; $135.00 commuter.


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Upcoming Programs and Events

HOLY WEEK RETREAT: Disillusioned Disciples

Wed, April 1, 5:30pm – Sat, April 4, 9:00am

Father Anthony Carrozzo, OFM

Pilgrimage into the last Third of Life

Wed, April 1, 10:30am – 12:00pm
7 Gateways to Spiritual Growth book will be used during the sessions How shall we spend our God-gift of an extra three decades? 60 and beyond offers significant challenges. We use scripture-based mediations and reflection that are essential to living life with purpose. We will reflect and discuss facing aging, living with limitations, prayer and contemplation, loss and suffering and leaving a legacy. Donation $15.00 per session. Sr. Annie Dougherty, OSF; D.Min


Women's Book Circle

Wed, April 1, 7pm – 9pm
Join with other women for a monthly discussion of stimulating, interesting books. No registration necessary. Fee: $5


Special Hosted Retreat - open to all! The People of God: A Sacred Prism
An Interfaith Conference to Celebrate the Unity and Common Life We Share in the Holy One

Sunday, April 12, 5:00 p.m. through Tuesday, April 14, noon

Details and registration: Sacred Prism Flyer and Tampa registration

The Joy: The Heart of It All; Joy of Evangelization
Wed, April 15, 10:00am – 11:30am
"Joy is the most evangelizing aspect of faith" (Pope Francis). Using events from the life of St. Francis of Assisi, excerpts from the encyclical The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis, and reflections on everyday lived experience, participants will explore the meaning of true joy and how its manifestation draws others to God. April 15: The Joy of Evangelization; presenter: Sr. Jeanne Williams May 13: Deepening Our Joy; presenter: Patricia Livingston Fee: $15 Please register within three business days prior to each session.
Conscious Contact Mini
Wed, April 15, 5pm – 8pm
Where there is hatred, let me bring love… We have only to look at the evening news to know that there is hatred in our world. And do we find it closer to home, too. This mini retreat will look at love of which we are capable that is greater that any hatred. We remember that we need only ask and God will make us channels and instruments of peace! The program includes a presentation by Sister Cathy, time for quiet, discussion, a delicious meal that you don’t have to prepare, and time for prayer. For anyone interested in 12 Step Spirituality. Come early and enjoy the grounds. There is usually a Mass at 4:00 PM on Wednesday at the chapel at St Elizabeth Covent for those who would like to attend. For anyone interested in 12-step spirituality, the retreats include presentations, discussion, time for quiet, an evening meal and prayer. Fee: $30/session, includes dinner. Please register within three business days prior to each session to reserve seating.


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Directed Retreat

June 23 (5p.m) -

June 30 (1p.m.)

During the silent directed retreat, participants meet daily with a spiritual director. The rest of the day is spent participating in daily Mass, time for prayer and contemplation, walking the grounds or labyrinth, creating art, listening to music and resting.

Space is limited. Early Registration is advised! Fee: $445. Please RSVP by June 6 to reserve your space.


Earth Day - Celebration creations - Kids Event

Sat, April 18, 10am – 1pm
Reflecting on the Poem: Canticle of the creatures. Kid-friendly crafts and stories about St. Francis of Assisi. What did St. Francis have to do with rabbits, birds and fish? What did he call the Moon, the stars and the sun? Bring a brown bag lunch.


Earth Day - Celebration creations - Adult Event

Sat, April 18, 3pm – 6pm

Grown-up friendly stories and conversation about St. Francis of Assisi. What was his experience of the Created world and what does it have to say to us, today? $5 suggested donation, light refreshments served. Join us for mass at 5pm


Upcoming Summer Retreat: “Living in the Steps”

July 24, 25 & 26, 2015

Pinellas Traditions Intergroup invites you to the Fifth Annual OA Franciscan Center Retreat
Three days of fabulous speakers on the steps, crafts, the usual Pinellas Pizazz, serenity and peace on the river
The beautiful Franciscan Center Campus (3010 PERRY Ave., Tampa, FL 33606)
Friday, July 24, (check-in starts at 4 p.m.) to Sunday, July 26, 2015.

Please see the flyer for information on cost and registration.

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