Ah! Brothers and Sisters, God's face is the face of a merciful Father who is always patient. --Pope Francis
Meeting the Christ of Faith and the Jesus of History
September 17, 2018
Father James Martin, SJ
Father 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.
OFFERING: $35 DEPOSIT: $20
6:45 – 9:00 pm
What Does God See & Love in Me that I Don’t See & Love?
October 16, 2018
Msgr. James Reichert, MDiv
Msgr. James Reichert, MDiv
Born and raised in Allentown, Msgr. Reichert was ordained in 1971. Assistant in many local parishes, he was pastor at St. John Baptist, Sacred Heart, Reading and, most recently, at St. Rocco’s, from which he retired in June 2017.
As we take a deeper look at our self we hope to discover the self that God created.
Let us try to understand and love ourselves as God made us.
“I am someone who needs to matter to myself and to God.”
In Search of Guidance
Dreams & the Journey of the Soul:
(From Mythology to Spirituality)
November 14, 2018
Dr. Micah Sadigh
Micah Sadigh, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Cedar Crest College. He has published extensively in the area of sleep medicine.
Since the dawn of civilization, dreams have played an important role in nearly every culture, particularly from a religious perspective. In this
Mystery in Broad Daylight
January 23, 2019
Carole C. Chuk
Carole C. Chuk is the former Director of the Office of the Catechumenate and Assistant Director of the Office of Worship of the Diocese of Allentown. She also served in parish ministry in the Diocese.
Carole has presented sessions for liturgical ministers, deacons, catechists, teachers, parents, RCIA candidates and teams, and women’s groups at both the parish and diocesan levels. She has also been a speaker for several events hosted by the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding, Muhlenberg College, where she serves on its Planning Committee.
How are we claimed by the Mystery that unfolds in the liturgy?
During this “Twi-light” retreat we’ll “shine a light” on our experiences,
savor the memory, and ponder its meaning-
so that we might more fully live out its vision.
St. Francis: Creation’s Voice
February 1, 2019
Sr. Barbara DeStefano, OSF
& Sr. Marguerite Stewart, OSF
St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), founder of the Franciscan order, was an itinerant preacher, an incurable troubadour, a lover of God’s Creation, who called all that God created his sisters and brothers. He and his followers were characterized by their way of life – one of poverty, simplicity, and joy. Today Francis is known as the patron saint of ecology and the environment, as well as a model of peace and nonviolence. This evening we will look, together, at how the values of this great saint are especially poignant in today’s world.
Gaudete et Exultate – Rejoice and Be Glad
On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World
February 13, 2019
Sr. Nancy Iampietro, CPS
Sr. Nancy Iampietro, CPS, MA, Currently the provincial secretary for her order, Sister ministers in the US and internationally. A trainer of spiritual directors and formators, she gives conferences and workshops in spiritual direction, formative spirituality, discernment, religious life, charism, vows, renewal, etc. Sister taught at Regina Mundi Pontifical Institute in Rome and for ten years was the Superior General in Rome for The Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood.
Together we will explore Pope Francis’ Letter calling each of us to Ordinary Holiness: a practical way for our time. He frames holiness as Jesus’ desire for us “not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence; to acknowledge our failings and keep moving forward; to recognize the saints next door; to discover who we were created to be as our mission in life. Forge in us, Pope Francis prays, the personal mystery, that image of Jesus that we carry, so that we can reflect Christ in the world!!
“A Pilgrimage Called Life”
April 30, 2019
Sr. Barbara DeStefano
Sister Barbara has ministered at St. Francis Center for Renewal for 30 years – – and as Director for 5 years. Sister has given many spiritual presentations at the Center – as well as in the diocesan parishes over those years. She has ministered for 6 years as the Director of Liturgy at the Catholic Community of St. Matthias Parish in Somerset, NJ. Sister has a BA in Theology, and MA in Religious Studies, and Certification in Liturgy and Liturgical Formation.
Each of us has a story – our own personal story. It is, in a way, unique … and yet, somehow also universal. There are the happy memories and the difficult ones, those that put smiles on our faces and those that still hurt. Yet, our lives, “WHO WE REALLY ARE”, is a result of all of our experiences, our relationships, our gifts and challenges, our successes and our failures, our countless good days and bad ones.
This evening we will look at our own personal autobiographies in the light of a noted international author Brennan Manning, who has shared his personal life openly, honestly and freely, and has helped countless people to find grace and peace in THEIR story.
An Evening with Bishop Alfred Schlert
May 22, 2019
Bishop Alfred A. Schlert
Bishop Alfred A. Schlert was born to Alfred and Marylou Schlert in Easton on July 24, 1961. Educated at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Elementary School, Easton and Notre Dame High School, Easton, he prepared for the Priesthood at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, the Pontifical Roman Seminary, Rome, and St. John Lateran University, Rome. He was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena, Allentown on September 19, 1987, by The Most Reverend Thomas J. Welsh, Second Bishop of Allentown.
As a native son of the Diocese of Allentown, Bishop Schlert has served in a variety of pastoral experiences: Assistant Pastor, High School Professor, College Chaplain, Vice Chancellor, Secretary to the Bishop, Vicar General, and Pastor. All of these assignments greatly formed Bishop Schlert in his Priesthood. He was appointed the Fifth Bishop of Allentown by Pope Francis on June 27, 2017. He was ordained a Bishop and installed as the Fifth Bishop of Allentown on August 31, 2017. He is the first native son of the Diocese of Allentown to be ordained Bishop of Allentown.
Choices: The Hinges of Destiny
Offering: $15 per session/ 4 sessions for $50
Includes coffee & pastry
Nina Marie Corona, MA, CRS
March 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2019
6:45 ~ 9:00 PM
Nina Marie Corona, MA, CRS is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Fordham University. She possesses a Master of Arts in Spirituality from Loyola University, and she also studied graduate theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and LaSalle University. Nina is also an adjunct instructor at Villanova University’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies.
You may learn more about Nina by visiting her website: www.ninamariecorona.com
What better way to prepare for Lent and grow closer to Jesus than to contemplate on his life and the choices he made during his time on earth? Join us as we walk alongside Jesus of Nazareth and consider the radical choices he made at pivotal moments in his life.
Just as Jesus’ choices reveal much about who he is, our choices reveal who we are. We will also reflect on our own choices and discern if our decisions are authentically Christian.
Each evening will include lectures, meditations, private contemplative activities, music (including live music!), and more!