Special Events

A Day for Myself with God

October 9, 2019 9:00 AM – 4:00PM

Bring a Brown Bag Lunch  – Coffee and Tea  Available      Freewill Offering is Welcome



As Summer turns into Autumn, treat yourself to a day of quiet in the serene surroundings of Monocacy Manor dressed in all its autumnal glory! Enjoy a stroll by the creek or through the woods. Bask in the silence, spend time with yourself and the Lord. The Renewal Center and Chapel will be available to you all day. Registration is requested.

UN International Day of Peace

September 21

Interfaith Service: 7:00 PM

White House Chapel

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.

Health & Welness Seminars

 6:45 – 9:00 PM   

Offering per session: $25 

Deposit per session: $15        

Gena Tallarico is a health and Wellbeing Services expert.  She has over 25 years of experience working with many fortune 500 companies such as Mars, Incorporated, Air Products, CIGna, Hershey foods and Mack Trucks to name a few.  A Registered nurse and Occupational Health Specialist, Gena also holds a Master’s in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University.  Her passion revolves around developing and implementing successful health and wellbeing strategies that measurably improve population health and human performance.  She has led healthcare services professionals in business and industry to provide successful team-based health and wellbeing outcomes, and has taught Communications at the college level.


October 9: Living Life Fully  – The Resilience Advantage Workshop from HeartMath

All of us wish to live our lives to the fullest. Join us for a workshop that will take a look at the science behind the connections of our mind, body and spirit. Using a biotechnology tool from HeartMath, we will examine our ability to understand these important connections, thereby increasing our potential to enjoy a healthy and full life.

Facilitator: Gena Tallarico, Rn. Ma. COHN-S, a HeartMath Certified Provider









Health & Welness Seminars

 6:45 – 9:00 PM   

Free Will Offering



November 14: Young & Alive…
Expanding our awareness of well-being in Youth

Bethlehem Health Bureau Director Kristen Wenrich and Kathy Halkins, Supervisor of Health Services for the Bethlehem Area School District, will join St. Francis Center for Renewal to discuss the real-world issues surrounding the health of our children in the Lehigh Valley community.

They will share updated information on issues of concern, what is currently being done to improve the data, find solutions, and discuss with us opportunities to make a difference.

If you have children or grandchildren, and/or have interest in the topic of helping children thrive to reach their full potential, please join us for an interesting evening with local experts who can raise our awareness and spark ideas for how we can help kids in our area THRIVE!


Honoring the World Day of the Poor

November 18

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 5th 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.

Simply Prayer with Lunch

Grace …and  a Loose Thread

December  3, 2019
9:00 AM -Noon

June Doncsecz – Recently retired as the Administrative Assistant for the Diocese of Allentown and as Receptionist for the Chancery Office, June is wife of Deacon Michael Doncsecz, Permanent Deacon and full-time Pastoral Minister at Queenship of Mary Parish in Northampton. When she isn’t involved 24/7 in the life and work of the Church, June enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Zoey and Grover. Their silliness keeps her grounded!

The Master Mender – Only he can repair the frayed edges of the fabric of our lives. A short, personal witness of a life torn, without Christ, to the beautiful tapestry of grace that can only be found in him.


Offering: $35 Deposit: $15
Includes Lunch

Time, Talent, Treasure

Prayer Service & Reception

January 4, 2020

Prayer Service: 11:30 am

Convent Chapel

Followed by lunch in the Retreat Center dining room


A Lenten Day for Myself with God


          April 1, 2020      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Bring a Brown Bag Lunch  – Coffee and Tea  Available 

Freewill Offering is Welcome    



As we come to the close of the Lenten Season, enjoy a day of quiet in the serene surroundings of Monocacy Manor! Enjoy a spring stroll by the creek or through the woods. As we prepare for the Holy Days, bask in the silence, spend time with yourself and the Lord. The Renewal Center and Chapel will be available to you all day. Registration is requested.


Healing the Earth –

                        Our Common Home

 A Call to Action ~

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

          April 20, 2020      

9:30  – 11:30 AM  or  7:00 – 9:00 PM

Both sessions will cover the same topics.

Registration is required.

Freewill Offering is Welcome.    


Session Topics and Speakers: 
Why Laudato Si` and Why Should We Care? 
Marie North, Laudato Si` Animator, Certified Sustainable Building Advisor                             
Non-Profit Energy Saving Agreements –
Shannon Crooker, Director, Program Related Investments, Sustainable Energy Fund and
Brian Hillard, Technical Specialist, Sustainable Energy Fund  
Watershed Management 101- The How and Why of Storm-water Concerns – Nathan Pritchard, Watershed Specialist, Northampton County Conservation District                                                                             
Educator Track:
Project Learning Tree Curriculum for Schools –

Lauren Forster, Environmental Educator, DCNR, Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, and

Helene Hartman, Grades 7 and 8 Science Teacher, 
St. Thomas More School  

Francis of Assisi was called. Pope Francis was called. If you are reading this, YOU are being called to respond to the whispers and cries of our Earth and her poor and vulnerable communities.

Sustainability, storm-water runoff, water quality, single-use plastics, energy efficiency. With limited time, staff, and funds are there benefits for your faith community in addressing these topics? Yes, for you, your faith community, and, as it turns out, for Earth and its poor and vulnerable communities.
This workshop is for pastors, faith leaders, advisory council members, teachers, school administrators, and interested members of your community. Local speakers, handouts, displays, and video will offer information and action items for attendees.
Municipalities are required to address storm-water runoff, and some are introducing storm-water management fees. How does your property impact our surface waters, and how can you manage it in a water-friendly way? Leaky and drafty buildings can affect your heating and cooling budgets and contribute to greenhouse gases. Is renewable energy a solution for your community? Evaluating and minimizing waste from your daily activities, worship services, and special events saves money and resources and will improve water quality locally and in our oceans.
The Educator Track will offer an introduction to the PA State Park Teacher Workshops and education programs for schools. It will provide an overview of the Project Learning Tree Curriculum and introduce participants to the Green Schools Investigations with a focus on the Water Investigation. A local teacher will share her experiences working with the curriculum and PA State Park resources.
There will be time for Q & A, and discussion on engaging your faith community going forward.



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


M-F: 9am - 4pm