Retreat center plans 50th anniversary events

| February 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

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• Evening Series on Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’ : Wednesdays March 2, 9 and 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. — This evening series will focus on Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si’ ”. Speakers will explore the pope’s perspective on how to share and care for our “common world.”

On March 2, Brother Bob Roddy, Franciscan Retreat Center director, will look at “Laudato Si’ ” in the context of other papal encyclicals: How does Pope Francis remain within the tradition of papal teaching and how does he break new ground?

On March 9 and 16, Sister Joan Mitchell will examine the text and ramifications of “Laudato Si’ ” and invite participants into a conversation about the encyclical. Sister Joan, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is a founding editor of Good Ground Press; she blogs and edits the weekly faith-sharing magazines Sunday by Sunday and Spirit for Teens.

Refreshments will be available at the end of each evening.

The retreat center’s historical displays “Seasons of the Spirit — 50 years of Finding Peace” will be available for study throughout the building as well.

• Labyrinth presentation, April 20, 7 p.m., and installation, May 14, 9 a.m. — Labyrinth designer Lisa Moriarty from Stillwater to offer a photographic presentation on the history of labyrinths, a centuries-old aid for meditative prayer, how they differ from mazes, and how they are used as a spiritual prayer practice. Installation is planned for a nine-circuit labyrinth on the retreat center grounds, for which volunteers are sought: (952) 447-2182.

• Homecoming Tent Event – Mass on the Grass – July 17, 11 a.m. — Open outdoor Mass, followed by events and activities. Summer open house features returning friars, directors, employees, retreatants and friends of the retreat center, plus chicken dinner, family activities, tours of the retreat center, live music, face painting, bounce house and more.

• Evening Series on the Pope Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy: Wednesdays Oct. 12, 19 and 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

• Christmas Open House: Dec 15, 6:30-8 p.m. — Luminaire lit walk through the winter woods, bonfire, apple cider and treats from Edelweiss bakery of Prior Lake. More than 5,000 lights on buildings and trees.

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