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The Retreat Experience

A retreat is an important part of our spiritual formation. It is a time to draw back from our routine and get refreshed and revitalized. Retreats allow you to spend more time in prayer and contemplation for rekindling and deepening your relationship with God.  At the FCJ Centre, we have a broad list of retreats, in-person or online, all year round. 

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Extended Take a Break

Silent Directed Retreat

Director (s): 

Sr. Ann Marie Walsh, fcJ

Date:

A Take a Break Weekend Retreat will offer you time to experience a personally directed prayer experience that follows the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius while listening for God’s personal word spoken through the Sacred Scriptures. You will have time for quiet prayer and reflection and also meet daily with a Spiritual Director to help unpack the experience and for further prayer suggestions.
Why not take this opportunity to reset direction in your spiritual life, listen for God’s desire for you, become more aware of God at work in your life or open yourself to other moments of spiritual growth? If this sounds appealing, the silent, directed Take a Break Weekend Retreat is for you.

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Take a Break

Silent Retreat

Director (s): 

Sr. Ann Marie Walsh, fcJ

Date:

A Take a Break Weekend Retreat will offer you time to experience a personally directed prayer experience that follows the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius while listening for God’s personal word spoken through the Sacred Scriptures. You will have time for quiet prayer and reflection and also meet daily with a Spiritual Director to help unpack the experience and for further prayer suggestions.
Why not take this opportunity to reset direction in your spiritual life, listen for God’s desire for you, become more aware of God at work in your life or open yourself to other moments of spiritual growth? If this sounds appealing, the silent, directed Take a Break Weekend Retreat is for you.

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Weekend Retreat: Waking Up to a New Normal - Nov 2021

Director (s): 

Cherie Tetz

Date:

We are most certainly
Waking up to A new normal
Let’s begin again ….
life has changed .. we have changed … our world has changed …
the ground beneath our feet has shifted ….
and yet … maybe in some ways, we are simply awakening to what was and always has been true …..
As we journey on … what might it be like to take a little time out to listen …. To listen to our own inner voices, to the “what is” of our lives, and to the Divine within us and within all of creation?

This weekend retreat will offer space for listening and conversation and reflection. A space to remember together the joys and the sorrows of all we have lived in these past months. A time to reflect on what it might mean to move forward into all of the “not knowing” with some intention and with a sense of God’s/Love’s presence, in us, and with us.

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Advent Ignatian Retreat in Everyday Life

An Ignatian Online Group Retreat

Director (s): 

Sr Ann Marie Walsh, fcJ. Karen Wold

Date:

For people who desire to deepen their spirituality with daily prayer, reflection and weekly spiritual conversation in a small group, we are offering an Advent Ignatian Retreat in Everyday Life. This retreat is inspired by and rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and based on the work of Joseph Tetlow, SJ.

This retreat meets Strategic Plan Objective #2, in the section under “Program”: “To offer a variety of opportunities for people to deepen their spirituality with reflection, prayer, ritual, spiritual accompaniment, education and culture by offering a variety of retreats, giving opportunity to experience the now in the context of human and spiritual development.”

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My Joy Lies in Being Close to God

An Advent Twilight Retreat

Director (s): 

Sr. Ita Connery, fcJ

Date:

This Advent retreat invites us to open ourselves to the meaning of JOY. Where is joy to be found and how can we enter into God’s pure joy in creating us and sustaining us and the whole universe in being.

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Epiphany Weekend Retreat

Director (s): 

Sr. Ann Marie Walsh, FCJ

Date:

The Epiphany celebrates Jesus’ manifestation to the Gentiles. The Light of the World has come. The true light that enlightens every man and woman has come into the world. Jesus has come for every person. How wonderful to have time to reflect on this gift! This weekend provides time for some input, reflection, and prayer in a silent retreat experience.

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Living in the “What Is” of our Lives - Jan. 28, 2022

Director (s): 

Cherie Tetz

Date:

This weekend will be a contemplative retreat about “waking up” and living into the “what is” of our real and ordinary lives. Our time together will be spacious and filled with invitations to slow down and listen. To listen to our lives, to our innermost selves, and to the God of Love who is as near as our very next breath.

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ONLINE Take a Break Weekend: Jan. 28-30, 2022

Director (s): 

Patricia Harasym

Date:

The Take a Break weekends provide a silent retreat experience in a brief form. Over the weekend, you will have personal prayer and reflection time in your own comfortable private room, in the beautiful surroundings of our chapel and on our beautiful well-groomed grounds. A daily meeting with a Spiritual Director will help you to unpack your retreat experience and offer further prayer suggestions. It is a golden opportunity to deepen your personal relationship with God and to discover anew how much God loves you! Delicious meals prepared in our kitchen and snacks are provided on the Saturday and Sunday morning. The retreat concludes after lunch on Sunday. There is free parking at the Centre. Why not take this opportunity to reset direction in your spiritual life, listen for God’s desire for you, become more aware of God at work in your life or open yourself to other moments of spiritual growth? If this sounds appealing, the silent, directed Take a Break Weekend Retreat is for you. Register now.

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New Mom’s Respite (Afternoon Series) - Feb. 5, 2022

Navigating Change and Building Resilience

Director (s): 

Sr. Ger Curran, FCJ, and Suzanne Clease

Date:

Moms who gave birth during the pandemic experienced unusual and unpredictable stresses due to isolation, and lack of social support. Dreams of creating a social network for their baby and themselves while on a maternity leave suddenly evaporated. This program aims to build resilience and fosters community. Mom’s will have an opportunity to explore new ways of coping and to re-imagine a way forward.

These 3-hour afternoon sessions will occur 3 times during the year and will include tea, treats conversation and creative expression. Each session is independent, and participants can sign up for one or all 3.