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A special "Thank you!"
Goes out to
John Michael Talbot
for giving us permission
to use his song on our
"Come to the Quiet"
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Monday, March 11, 2013

"Come to the Quiet" Retreats Scheduled for 2013


Pace e Bene! (Peace and all good!)

The Portiuncula Franciscan Hermitage and Retreat Center has currently scheduled the following

"Come to the Quiet" 2013 
Spring Retreats
Men's Retreat: May 17-19
Women's Retreat: June 7-9 

There appears to be a growing interest in the monastic life among people of all lifestyles, and no wonder! For centuries, the monastic life has provided monks and nuns with disciplines and practices aimed at helping them maintain balanced, healthy and centered lifestyles while they "prefer nothing to Christ!" But these practices are not only for monks! Join us as we explore practices such as silence, prayer, simplicity, solitude and celebration, and the benefits they have for all our lives.

Book your weekend "Come to the Quiet" retreat right away...spaces are limited!

On January 6, 2001, at the end of the Jubilee Year 2000, Pope John Paul II published Novo Millennio Inuente, his vision of dynamic Catholic life for the new millennium, calling for the whole world to reconnect with the mystical tradition, mentioning specifically Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and Therese of Lisieux. 
In our “Come to the Quiet” Retreats we try as much as possible to let these saints speak for themselves by a generous use of their own words, keeping our own commentary to a bare minimum, so as not to impede the flow of the “road maps.” We restrict ourselves just to those saints of the Western Church who have been recognized as Doctors of the Church and have made a major contribution to our understanding of the spiritual journey, the only exception to this being our Seraphic Father, St. Francis of Assisi.

When Pope John Paul II considered what was the most important legacy of the Jubilee Year 2000 that should be carried forward into the new millennium, this is what he said: “But if we ask what is the core of the great legacy it leaves us I would not hesitate to describe it as the Contemplation of the Face of Christ” (NMI 15).

The latent richness of our own Roman Catholic tradition should regain its necessary role in the world through the teaching of Repentance and Penance through prayer. Contemplative prayer naturally extends to the Eucharist, incorporating an hour of meditation before the Blessed Sacrament each week. Our “Come to the Quiet” Retreats speak specifically to people whose hunger and humility have already brought them to the point St. Paul meant when he said, “We do not even know how to pray.”

We always begin with the ancient Catholic monastic tradition of the “Jesus Prayer,” progress through Teresian Prayer (Lectio Divina), the Office of the Hours, the Rosary, and end with the Ladder of Monks; Lectio, Meditatio, Oratio, and Contemplatio representing the four rungs on that Ladder.

“Come to the Quiet”
Retreat Schedule

Friday 7:00-8:00 P.M.

            Short (15 minute) talk explaining the weekend and an explanation of the ancient Monastic practice of the “Jesus Prayer.”  This is followed by an hour of Silence where people split off individually and find a place to be by themselves. They can choose to remain in their, walk around outside, or do whatever makes them most comfortable. Everyone is invited to remain in total Silence.

Saturday Morning

            Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

            Praying the Rosary  (Become Hidden in the Wounds of the Savior ~ St. Francis of Assisi)

Saturday Afternoon

            Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

            Teresian Prayer (Lectio Divina)

            Contemplative Prayer

            Ladder of Monks (Guiggo)

Saturday Evening
            Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

            Large Group Discussion
            Into the Great Silence

Sunday Morning
            Liturgy of the Hours
            Sunday Mass at St. Sylvester's Catholic Church in Woodsfield, Ohio
            Everyone will be dismissed immediately following the Liturgy

Cost: $110.00 (includes room and meals)
Mailing Address:

Portiuncula Franciscan Hermitage
P.O. Box 114
Richmond, IN 47375-0114

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