St. Francis Retreat Center
Contemplative Connect
Online Retreats
 July 2020 Offerings
" The spiritual life does not remove us from the world
but leads us deeper into it." Henri J.M. Nouwen
July Online Retreats
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 mepkinguestmaster@gmail.com to register.

Entering the Heart of Christ:
Christianity as Participatory Mystery
with the Rev. Matthew Wright


June 30,July 1 & 2
Mid-Morning Retreat
Suggested Donation $60
The Rev. Matthew Wright, M.Div is an Episcopal priest and Pastor
of St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church
in Woodstock, NY; in addition,
he is a writer and retreat leader working to renew the Christian Wisdom tradition within
a wider inter-spiritual framework.
He is a student of Cynthia Bourgeault and a teacher ... 
Toward a
Post-Pandemic Reclamation of
Church & Country
Featuring the writings of
Br. Don Bisson & Fr. Joseph Kerrigan

A Virtual Retreat with
Father Guerric

July 3-4, 2020
Meet The Authors
Brother Don Bisson, FMS is, first and foremost, a spiritual director and is widely respected as a specialist in the training, formation and supervision of spiritual directors. 
A Marist brother based in Esopus, New York, he has graduate degrees in liturgy, spirituality, and transpersonal psychology, and earned his Doctor of Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion specializing in Spiritual Direction and Jungian Psychology. With more than 90 live audio recordings available, Brother Bisson is internationally recognized for his lectures, workshops, and retreats on the interrelationship of Christian spirituality and Jungian psychology. He is a man committed to “walking the talk.” 

 Fr. Joseph Kerrigan is currently a Postulant at Mepkin Cistercian Abbey, Moncks Corner. He was born in Plainfield, New Jersey. He is a priest of Metuchen Diocese and has faculties with the Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn.
Monday Evening
Speaker Series
July 6, 13, 20, 27
7:00-8:30 PM ET

Suggested Donation: $60
includes all speakers' presentations

SESSION ONE: JULY 6
Transpersonal Hope
with Br. Don Bisson, FMS
Don Bisson, a Marist Brother, focuses his main ministry on the formation of spiritual directors. His passion is in the Dialogue between Jung and Christian Spirituality .
SESSION TWO: JULY 13
Toward a Contemplative Reformation
of Parish Life:
Discerning the Movement of the Spirit and Embodying the Movement of Prayer
with the Rev. Stuart Higginbotham
Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Gainesville, GA and Editor of Contemplation and Community :
A Gathering of Fresh Voices for a Living Tradition
SESSION THREE: JULY 20
What is Spiritual Direction?
with The Rev. Jennie C. Olbrych
Jennie C. Olbrych, D. Min., is persuaded that the ancient practices of Spiritual Direction and contemplative prayer are continuing paths to lively relationship with God. She is a retired Episcopal priest who has served the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina for thirty plus years. She also has a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. Jennie currently serves as Priest Associate at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Charleston SC.
SESSION FOUR: JULY 27
Dedicated Suffering:
A Way to Respond to Covid-19
with Jane M. Thibault, MA, MSSW, PhD
Jane Thibault is clinical professor emerita of droppable-1592423089098 geriatrics and gerontology in the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Louisville, KY, where she taught for 35 years. She also has served as an adjunct faculty member for the UofL School of Social Work and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She is currently a consultant for aging issues, specializing in the psychological and spiritual dimensions of later life. A writer and trained spiritual director, she provides spiritual mentoring, workshops, and short retreats for adults and their caregivers and also for religious communities.
Author of: A Deeper Love Affair: The Gift of God in Later Life, 10 Gospel Promises for Later Life, Pilgrimage into The Last Third of Life
Mini Weekend Online Retreats
sessions are:
Friday 7:00-8:30 PM ET
Saturday 10:00-11:30 AM ET & 1:00-3:00 PM ET
Suggested Donation: $60
Contemplative Ecology
in this Time of Need
with Br. Aidan Owen
July 10-11, 2020
Br. Aidan Owen, OHC   is the guestmaster and groundskeeper at Holy Cross Monastery, an Episcopal Benedictine monastery in New York's Hudson Valley. He writes and teaches on the intersection of Christian contemplative spirituality, ecology, and craft. When he's not overseeing the Monastery's guest ministry, you'll find him hiking or quilting.
Hildegard of Bingen:
Wisdom for Today
July 17-18
with Marjory Zoet Bankson
Bankson is an author, working potter, and seasoned spiritual guide from the Church of the Saviour (CoS) community in Washington, DC. Her books, Call to the Soul and Creative Aging present a spiral template for discerning call at every stage of life. Marjory chairs the CoS Council, publishes their quarterly newsletter, Callings, and curates the CoS website, inwardoutward.org. Her sermons are available at seekerschurch.org.
Meister Eckhart
and the Breezes
from the East
with Fr. Brian Pierce
Fr. Brian Pierce is an Itinerant Preacher from Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Martin de Porres and the author of We Walk the Path Together, which explores the exciting link between Thich Nhat Hanh and Meister Eckhart