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Fri, 22 Jul


6 Whitewash Head Road

Francis and Clare: Saints of Assisi

Weekend Silent Retreat led by Anthony Williams OFS

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Francis and Clare: Saints of Assisi
Francis and Clare: Saints of Assisi

Time & Location

22 Jul 2022, 7:00 pm – 24 Jul 2022, 1:00 pm

6 Whitewash Head Road, 6 Whitewash Head Road, Scarborough, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand

About the event

Come join Anthony Williams OFS at Sister Eveleen House for a weekend silent retreat based on St Francis and St Clare of Assisi. This retreat is a perfect time for anyone wanting an introduction to the lives of Saints Francis and Clare. To be immersed in their individual spiritual gifts and to experience their time as medieval saints whose messages of simplicity, compassion, and the care of all creation are still relevant in our world today.

The retreat will include a regular rhythm of contemplative prayer, shared meals, teaching on St Francis and St Clare, as well as time for personal prayer and reflection. Spaces are limited so book early to avoid missing out. 

To register please book a 'ticket' below. You'll be invoiced for a $60 deposit after registration.  The full price of the retreat will be due closer to the time of the retreat (ignore the fact that it says the cost is $0).

Dates: Jul 22, 7pm - Jul 24, 1pm (approx)

Cost (including all meals): $240

If you wish to attend, but the cost is prohibitive for you, please contact the House Director (Eddie) to see how we might assist you.

Location: Sister Eveleen Retreat House, 6 Whitewash Head Road, Sumner, Christchurch.

About the facilitator: Anthony Williams is a long-time professed member of the Catholic Third Order of St Francis (Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis). Having been professed in 2005, he subsequently served as Formator for the New Zealand Fraternities for a period of three years. He believes that spirituality is innate and when one searches for a spiritual practice, you will know without any uncertainty when you have found your particular one. That is what happened when he came across St Francis. Anthony lived and worked at the Cistercian Monastery in Kopua, Hawkes Bay, for a period of 6 years where he experienced a life of contemplation, silence, liturgy, and community. Anthony obtained a Diploma in Religious Studies and Spirituality from the Diocese of Christchurch in 1990 and has since compiled many documents on St Francis and Franciscanism that have been distributed widely and used by the New Zealand Fraternities. He is now semi-retired and lives in Christchurch.

About Sister Eveleen Retreat House: Sister Eveleen Retreat House (SERH) is a spiritual haven nestled among the native trees on Scarborough Hill. It is owned by the Anglican Diocese but is run ecumenically. It was bequeathed to the church by Sister Eveleen who asked for it to be used as a 'house of spiritual help and prayer.' Please note that there is no parking on Whitewash Head Road. You will need to park down by the waterfront and walk to the house. Assistance can be provided if required.

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact Eddie: (ph) 022 563 6879 (e)


  • St Frances Retreat ($240)

    You will be invoiced after registration (ignore the 'Free' bit next to the ticket )

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