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St. Francis and St. Claire Retreat

Friday, October 2 - Sunday, October 4

When St Francis kissed the leper his life changed. Healed by God, he knew it was his task to offer God’s healing to everyone, especially the poor, the lost and the voiceless.  Using prayer, reflection, and ritual, our days together will explore how followers and admirers of St Francis can continue to live and announce the compassion of God to one another and to all those we serve.

Presenter Rev. Jack Rathschmidt, a Capuchin Franciscan Friar, holds an M.Th. in spirituality from the Weston College School of Theology and a Ph.D. from Fordham University in Historical Theology. Presently a traveling preacher and teacher, he has served as the Provincial of the Capuchins and helped form young Capuchins for more than 30 years. Fr Jack has spoken in more than 70 dioceses in the United States, Asia and Africa, and hundreds of retreats, parish missions and workshops.  Fr. Jack publishes a daily blog http://brjackspreachingministry.blogspot.com/ and, with Gaynell Cronin, coauthored  Rituals for Home and Parish. (Paulist, 1996),The Blessing Candles (St. Anthony, 2000) and Nurturing Today’s Children,  (Liguori, 2002), and Doorways to Holiness, (Paulist Press in 2006).


Friday, October 2
Sunday, October 4
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Graymoor Spiritual Life Center
(845) 424-2111


40 Franciscan Way
Garrison, NY 10524 United States
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All rooms are single occupancy. The above retreat costs $275 per person. Fees include all content of our retreat, the two overnight stays and all meals starting with Saturday’s breakfast and ending with lunch on Sunday. The Center has vending machines with snacks and beverages but you are welcomed to bring your own and store them in our guest lounge refrigerators located on the fourth floor. Towels, linens and one pillow per bed are provided and bathrobes are recommended for shower use. Please bring your own alarm clock, any extra pillows and toiletries you may need. Arrivals can begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday evening. The retreat ends after Sunday’s lunch which begins at 12:15 p.m. If you plan to arrive later than 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, please call the retreat center in advance and let us know to expect you.

Pre-registration is required as retreats are limited in number of participants. The deadline for registration is one week before the retreat. A non-refundable $150 deposit per person is due at the time of reservation and is non-refundable or transferable. Full payment is due one week prior to the retreat.