Tuesday, September 26, 2023
until Thursday, September 28
Midweek Retreat for Men and Women - "In His Footsteps - A Retreat with St. Francis of Assisi"
Capuchin Retreat Center
62460 Mt. Vernon Washington, MI 48094

The word that best explains the true nature and demands of our Christian life, faith, vocation, and discipleship is “JOURNEY.” While there are numerous words to mean the various kinds of journeys we embark on, the word “PILGRIMAGE” is so dear to the followers of Christ. Pilgrimage means a pathway that leads one to an encounter with God. When we follow the Way of Christ, for He is the Way (John 14:6), He always leads to an encounter with God. The Catholic Church is known as the Pilgrim Church on earth leading the flock of Christ towards an encounter with God. And this Pilgrim Church is so blessed to have the intercession, example, and guidance of the numerous saints who have walked this pilgrimage and encountered God.

St. Francis of Assisi, the most-known pilgrim for his following of Christ both within and outside the Catholic tradition, continues to inspire and guide many more followers of Christ in their pilgrimage on Earth. His very life of Gospel simplicity and fraternity, his words of spiritual wisdom, the occasions when encountered God, and the long-standing wealth of Franciscan spirituality inspire many Christians today to follow Christ in the footsteps of St. Francis including Pope Francis.

Here is a life-giving opportunity for you to make such a pilgrimage with St. Francis by joining us for the weekend retreat with the theme, “In his footsteps – A weekend retreat with St. Francis of Assisi.” By delving into our Franciscan tradition, we will explore the spiritual insights of St. Francis during key events of his conversion like kissing the leper, encounter with the San Damiano Cross, creating the Christmas Crib, meeting the sultan, and composing the canticle of creatures. This will enlighten you to recognize God’s presence and guidance in whatever step you are taking right now in your own journey of following Christ.

If your heart is inspired to be part of the retreat experience at Capuchin Retreat Center, reach out to us anytime. May the Lord give you peace.