THINK ABOUT DOING A GUIDED RETREAT FOR THE NEW YEAR AS YOU GO ABOUT YOUR DAY-TO-DAY
MONDAY, JANUARY 26 TO FRIDAY, JANUARY 30
YOUNG ADULTS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 20 AND 35
ENGLISH, ITALIANO, ESPAÑOL, GAEILGE
FRANCISCAN FRIARY, ADAM AND EVE’S, 4 MERCHANT’S QUAY, DUBLIN 8
FR. GEARÓID Ó CONAIRE OFM
REDISCOVERING THE SPIRITUAL DIMENSION: FINDING GOD IN ALL THINGS
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- A FRIAR MEETS WITH EACH PERSON ON RETREAT ONCE A DAY FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES (WHENEVER THE PERSON IS AVAILABLE – EARLY MORNING, LUNCHTIME OR AFTER WORK)
- THE RAW MATERIAL OF THE RETREAT ARE THE GOSPELS AND THE EVENTS OF ONE’S LIFE DURING EACH OF THE DAY’S OF RETREAT
- THERE IS NO CHARGE. IF IT IS A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE, INVITE OTHERS TO DO SOMETHING SIMILAR
CONTACT DETAILS: (FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER)
GEARÓID ofm: 087.6543022 / EMAIL: [email protected]
REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (LIMITED NUMBERS) AND BEFORE JANUARY 24, 2014
Testimonies of Participants in Advent Retreat, 2014
“I had never done a retreat like this before, yet I enjoyed it so much and got so much out of it. Every day I was surprised in a new way by God. It was a real time of grace for me. I loved that I still stayed at home and went to my work, and yet my day was so different as a result of taking part in this retreat. I learned to relate to God in a new way, and as result I experience and recognise his presence in my day in way that I was not able to do so before. God has entered my life in a new way; I have found a new joy in my work and in myself. Something real and dynamic took place on this retreat, I’m not quite fully able to explain but I highly recommend this retreat to any young person who is open and is looking to encounter God in their lives, or maybe just looking for a sense of purpose or even looking to be happier in themselves. My words to anyone who is considering the retreat would be: You only live once, you have nothing to lose only to gain from it.” Claire – a teacher
“Mid way through 2014 I set a goal, that by the end of the year, I would come to know and understand the almighty God that I was praying too. Along this journey, I came across more questions than I could find answers too, which on occasion made me question my faith and my whole belief system in a religious way. Then, unexpectedly, the opportunity for an hour a day, working week long retreat arose. Maybe it was a coincidence, but I like to think it was faith. Over the course of the week, I came to know, understand and more importantly love our God and saviour. Thanks to the retreat, an awful lot more in life makes sense. I view things from a different perspective and I feel more at one with The Lord. Daniel – 27 years old.
“I didn’t expect it to change my life, but reflecting and looking for ‘the more’ is actually always a kind of a formation. It’s a good and very individual way to reflect about oneself and one’s desires in life. It’s an adventure and very individual journey toward ‘the more’ everyone desires. And the best thing is: You won’t be alone on it, so there’s no danger to get lost.” Kathi Sperrer – 23 years old student of RE.
“My advent retreat experience is very beautiful, unique, intimate, and very personal. It’s a unique personal encounter with God that I’ve learned to live my life in a more interior perspective and a deeper inner silence. But what fascinate me most is that the retreat is one on one, as if, it was fashioned to my very unique being, to my very interior self alone. It was indeed awesome. The Franciscan Friar Priest is so holy that for the five consecutive days of the retreat meeting with him, I felt that I was talking to God Himself in a very private manner through his chosen priest. Chosen for me for the retreat, and maybe for you as well. I encourage everyone to have the same retreat and learned a glimpse of Franciscan spirituality which is very indeed beautiful to me and to everybody. God’s Love for each one of us is so uniquely boundless and all we have to do is to discover it in this life and be amaze the beauty of it.” Adam – 32 years old.
Having any kind of retreat every so often is very good as it provides an opportunity to come closer to the Lord and ourselves. We can discover our needs, weaknesses and strengths, which perhaps in ups and downs of life we are normally not able to perceive. What distinguishes this retreat from others is that one does not have to get away from everyday life to have a moment of encounter with the Lord. We can take advantage of the strength which this gives to make every action an offering to God. Rodrigo Stüven, Argentina