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Fri, 16 Feb



St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi - a Silent Retreat

“Do not be disturbed by the clamour of the world, which passes like a shadow.” Clare of Assisi

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St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi - a Silent Retreat
St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi - a Silent Retreat

Time & Location

16 Feb 2024, 7:00 pm – 18 Feb 2024, 1:30 pm

Christchurch, 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.

If you'd like to attend but the cost is prohibitive, please get in touch as we may be able to assist you.


About the retreat 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 presently serves as the National Formator for the New Zealand Fraternities. He believes that spirituality is innate and when you search 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.


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