St. Francis
Retreat Center
February/March 2022 Offerings
"The spiritual life does not remove us from the world
but leads us deeper into it." Henri J.M. Nouwen
Suggested donation is listed on retreat description;
Don't let financial hardship keep you from participating.
If you need a partial or full scholarship,
please email to register.
Rebuilding Trust
an online retreat
The Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault
February 21-25, 2022

Online suggested donation: $150
The Prophetic Voice of the Homeless
the Rev. Phillip Chryst
March 4-7, 2022
This retreat is for those who have been homeless
and what they have from that experience they wish to pass on to others.
Directed Ignatian Retreat
March 7-11, 2022
online AND in-person
Respond to God’s invitation to refresh, renew,
and deepen your relationship
with God through an Ignatian Retreat…
now both online and in-person.
In-Person Suggested Donation: $450
Online Suggested Donation: $250
In-Person Lenten Mini-Retreat
with Susan Schorsten, HM
& Gay Rowzie, HM
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
in the Clare Boothe Luce Library
at Mepkin Abbey

Bring your own bag lunch - registration $20

Deep Calls to Deep:
Mysticism, Scripture, and Contemplation
an online lecture with
Chad Thralls
Monday, March 14, 2022
7:00-8:30 pm Eastern Time
suggested donation: $20
 Howard Thurman and the Contemplative Foundations
of Sacred Activism
an in-person AND online retreat
with Lerita Coleman Brown
March 18-21, 2022

in-person suggested donation: $400
online suggested donation: $50
A mystic, theologian, and author of several books, Howard Thurman (1899-1981) possessed the uncanny and prophetic ability to make a connection between contemplation and the scrutiny of one’s inner life with social justice work. During this day of learning and reflection, we will journey through the life and work of this great sage from young contemplative to prominent religious and spiritual leader who promoted the common unity of all of God’s holy creation.

Photography and Contemplation Retreat with Sr. Susan Schorsten, HM
March 21-25, 2022
suggested donation: $450
Photography can stimulate our imaginations, our curiosity, and our creativity. . .and it can lead us to prayer. . .
deeper reflection and contemplation, wonder and awe.
This retreat is about the process, not the product.

Participants are asked to bring a journal, a simple camera, and/or your phone if it has a camera.
Immerse yourself into a serene and motivating environment for expanding your knowledge in Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gong and Chinese Kung Fu at the Mepkin Abbey Retreat Center! Whether you are a beginner or advanced, you will leave the experience rejuvenated and equipped with valuable tools for cultivating wellness and health in your day
to day life.
The retreat is facilitated by Billy Ilderton and Yan Agrest, who have more than 20 years of teaching experience, and excel at providing the highest quality Martial Arts instruction. Highly skilled massage therapists will be onsite for retreatants interested in the opportunity for deeper relaxation and wellness.
March 29, 2022
7:00-8:30 pm Eastern Time
suggested donation: $20
Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, are increasingly non-religious, as are other emerging younger generations. A trend that has been dubbed the “rise of the nones” from Pew Research has painted a narrative of disaffiliation and loss for religion. However, there is another story alive in younger generations’ spirituality: a search for meaning, a longing for community, and a deepening in ways of life centered on perennial wisdom and experiential transformation. In this session, we will explore these broader trends, hear stories of millennials who are seeking out monasticism as a balm to their generation’s yearnings, and share models of monastic communities that are evolving alongside these realities. After initial presentations, we will open up for discussion and Q&A.