Special Events

Encountering Jesus:

Meeting the Christ of Faith and the Jesus of History
with Fr. James Martin, S.J.  (Skype)

September 17,  2018
6:45 PM

Facilitator: Fr. James Martin, SJ
James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, and consultor to the Vatican’s Secretariat of Communication.  He is the author of many books, including the New York Times bestsellers  Jesus: A Pilgrimage and The Jesuit Guide.


Jesus was a real-life, flesh-and-blood, human being.
Jesus is also the Son of God and the Second Person of the Trinity.
How can we understand his two ‘natures,’  human and divine?
How does the way we understand him to influence our faith?
Always inspirational and enlightening, Fr. Martin will join us by Skype for this evening retreat.
Please note: Registration is required.

UN International Day of Peace

Interfaith Service: 7:00 PM

White House Chapel

September 21,  2018

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21 each year to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. The International Day of Peace is also a day of ceasefire – personal or political.

For our annual tradition of joining in Prayer for Peace, we invite men and women of various faiths to join us for this special evening prayer service devoted to Peace. Join us as we celebrate an interfaith hour of prayer, reflection and song, as we intercede with our loving God for the gift of peace among all of God’s people.

Empowering the Girl-Child to Fall in Love with Self

October 13 & 20, 2018

FACILITATOR: Sharon A. Brown, educator and experienced facilitator, has worked at Lehigh University, Moravian College and Theological Seminary, and the College of New Jersey. Sharon has held key administrative positions in academic support, student retention, institutional diversity and multicultural affairs. She has taught at undergraduate and graduate level and lectured on such topics as social justice, equity, girls and women’s issues.
Sharon co-authored “Digging Below the Surface: Uncovering Microaggressions as an Act of Atonement” published in Bridging the Gap between Bible and Practical Theology, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018.

9:30 AM – Noon  Includes Lunch
Offering: Youth: $15 per session;  Parent/Youth: $25 per Session. Deposit: $15

October 11th is designated by the United Nations as The International Day of the Girl Child – a day focused on raising awareness of the issues that girls face around the world, while empowering them to reach their highest potential.

This two-part seminar, aimed at teen girls and/or their parent(s), will engage participants in an interactive discussion about “falling in love with self.” We know that girls are often vulnerable to the pressures of societal ills and can look for love in all the wrong places. Our discussions will focus on helping girls avoid falling prey to those “ills” and engage them in a journey that will educate them about protecting their mind, body and spirit. Our topics for discussion will include self-esteem, abuse (physical and mental), sexual misconduct, and love. Our hope is that this seminar will inspire participants to lay claim to their innate power and be guided from within.

Healing our Wounds from the Inside Out

with Author Paula D’Arcy

November 9, 2018      7:00 PM

Paula D’Arcy, a writer, retreat leader, and conference and seminar speaker, travels widely in the United States, Canada, and abroad. She is also President of Red Bird Foundation, which supports the growth and spiritual development of those in need as well as those invested in the opening of the heart and the healing of this world.

A deeper look at the way we are all living our lives.
What happens when we stop believing that change will only happen “out there,” and begin to realize that we are the world, and healing begins from the inside out.

Special Liturgy Celebrating 70 Years of Faithful Service

with Celebrant Bishop Alfred Schlert; Homilist Father Patrick Lamb

October 7, 2018   11:00 AM

Honoring the World Day of the Poor

November 18, 2018

Psalm 34, “This poor one cried out and the Lord heard.”

“We can ask ourselves, how is it this cry, which reaches all the way to God, is unable to penetrate our ears and leaves us indifferent and impassive?” Pope Francis

Food collected at the 4th Annual Holiday Craft Fair will be delivered to the needy. Please join us in our effort by donating grocery store gift cards or canned goods.

A Day of Adoration

November 27, 2018

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin at 10:00 AM the Convent Chapel.

We will close with Benediction at 3:00 PM.
How very grateful we are, as we remember and celebrate our 70 years of dedicated service to God’s people in providing an oasis of peace where all can come to pray and be with God. 2018 was certainly a year to look back and rejoice at the goodness of it all. This year has also been an opportunity to look ahead with HOPE. We look forward to seeing what the Holy Spirit has in store for this wonderful place, it’s heart-felt ministry, and the many members of our family who call St. Francis Center home!
Please join us for a day of Adoration in Thanksgiving.

St. Teresa of Calcutta

Her lessons of love and true devotion to our Blessed Mother

December  4, 2018
9:00 AM -Noon

Susan Conroy made her first trip to Calcutta to work with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in 1986. In 1987, at the request of Mother Teresa herself, Susan stayed in the Order’s convent in the South Bronx, New York, in contemplation of the religious life. Susan did not enter the Order, but in 1991, she once again returned to Calcutta to work with the Sisters among the dying destitute She and St.Teresa kept in touch until her death in 1997. Before being called Home to God, St. Teresa gave Susan permission to write a book about her experiences.

Join us as we enjoy a return visit from Susan Conroy. Susan will share her personal experiences of serving the poorest of the poor in Calcutta, with St. Teresa of Calcutta. She will speak about the lessons of love she learned from her first hand and about the Saint’s earnest devotion to Our Lady, whom she called the “Cause of our Joy.”

Offering: $35 Deposit: $15
Includes Lunch

Time, Talent, Treasure Prayer Service & Reception

January 5, 2019

Prayer Service: 11:30 am

Convent Chapel

Followed by lunch in the Retreat Center dining room

Peace and all Good! We Would Love to Have You Visit Soon!


M-F: 9am - 4pm