What past retreatants say about their experience with
The Journey Into God:
Bonaventure "Journey" Retreat gives us a new foundation for reclaiming the
riches of our Franciscan spiritual theology in service of evangelical life. Our
sisters find the immersion in an experiential exploration of the way of
Franciscan prayer an extraordinary personal and communal experience.
Bypassing the purely intellectual and philosophical approaches, Andre and Josef
lead us into the "Journey" in a truly Franciscan spirit of simplicity and
delightful discovery. Pointing out all along the way the signs of God's love and
their meaning they help us to see, taste and feel God, creation and ourselves in
a new light. These two spiritual teachers seem to have touched the heart of
Bonaventure's message, the wisdom which Francis' life revealed to the Seraphic
exciting to learn that the universal journey to God was available to me with the
Franciscan flavor of the Itinerarium. Andre and Josef's presentations and
liturgies moved me along with Francis' footsteps. Clare's contemplative spirit
helped to enlighten the way that I feel God, through Bonaventure's great work,
desires for me--the journey toward peace.
Bonaventure's all good, supreme good God moves from the speculative realm of
theology to that of a felt, known experience as Andre and Josef steep their
wayfarers in sensual and reflective experiences that direct them on their own
"itinerarium" into their God. It is a wonderful opportunity for any serious
This is the most holistic, inclusive, all-encompassing
retreat I have ever experienced, incorporating body, mind, spirit, movement, the
arts, visuals, audio, symbols and rituals. The progression from day to day was
married couple we found this retreat to be spiritually enlightening and
The finest retreat I’ve ever
A spiritual experience of a lifetime. I have studied
Bonaventure’s Journey into God, but this time I
A profound journey into God;
a journey with God; a journey into and with the whole community of life.
The retreat is far more than a mechanical
chapter-by-chapter explanation and interpretation of Bonaventure’s text; it is a
living experience that immerses the retreatant in the Seraphic Doctor. You
might think of it as theology for the non-theologian.
Journey into God retreat was a true journey within my soul as well as a journey with others to God.
St. Bonaventure’s explanation of how he understands
humankind as an image of God
opened up a new world of healing and peace for me.
This retreat has had a tremendous effect on my life.
André and Josef,
thank you for all you put into making this a very worthwhile week for me.
I’ve been blessed.
This experience of
Bonaventure’s Journey into God
has been amazing. The realization that “only God is good” and that my
responsibility is to use my God-given gifts every day of my life will carry
me forward on my own personal journey.
This retreat has
taught me in a new way to see Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and Life to the
Father, who is All in All!
Thank you so much. I am so glad that I took part
in this retreat. Through it I came to know the vestiges of God through my
senses—taste, touch, hearing, smell, and sight. Also through the memory,
intellect, and will, Christ is the center of my life who is Supreme Good,
totally good, and Holy. I praise and thank God. I begin my
Journey into God with hope, love,
into God has opened new doors to me on how to view God and on how to
pray to God. Father André and Josef have taken the complex writings of St.
Bonaventure and explained them in simple terms. Thanks to them both! Now the
I was delightfully
surprised with the participative style Josef and André consistently employed
during the Journey into God. They
created situations that were reflections of daily life—thus this retreat
flowed out of and into daily living. In other words, the daily connection is
here. The retreat affirmed that God is Good.
A kaleidescope of prayer,
input, readings, experiences, music, and celebration where I explored and
re-discovered God-on-the-Journey! This retreat points to making a difference
in my life.
Thank you for opening up
the Journey for me. Clear and
very understandable presentations and beautiful liturgies paved the pathway
cannot adequately tell you how much this retreat means to me. Every page of
the Journey into God by St.
Bonaventure is filled with inspiration. Josef and André gave an authentic
and timely teaching straight from their hearts and brought life to a writing
that a novice like myself would not have accomplished alone. I look forward
to re-reading it with great delight! The retreat opened my heart to
Franciscan spirituality. What a gift!
Journey into God retreat, so ably
led by Fr. André Cirino OFM and Josef Raischl OFS, is a sensual and
spiritual journey that focuses the whole body, mind, and spirit on the
wonder that is God around, in, and beyond us, and it leaves us panting for
more. This Journey draws you into
explorations of Franciscan spirituality and an ever-deepening relationship
with God. While focusing on Bonaventure, our gifted guides opened up the
whole canon of Franciscan literature inspiring us to grow ever-deeper in our
relationship with God and explore the grandeur of Franciscan spirituality.
This retreat lives in the heart and soul long after it has ended. The seeds
have been planted, the roots have begun to take hold and the tender shoot
has emerged. It is now up to us to nurture the bud and bring it to flower.
This Journey gives us the tools
we need for a life-time of growth. Thank you!
blessing to plumb the depths of Bonaventure’s spirituality with André and
Josef. Their insights, explanations, and music linger in my thoughts and
prayers. It certainly has been a blessing to experience our
Journey into God.
God’s gift of understanding was a special blessing
for me during this experiential
Journey into God retreat, creatively and masterfully presented. The “God
of surprises” is delightfully present in the morning and evening prayers.
experience of Bonaventure through this retreat was a powerful one! The
creative incorporation of study, prayer, ritual, liturgy, and sharing
brought the Seraphic Doctor alive for me and has enriched my spiritual life
now and for years to come. Thank you
My thought on
this retreat is that you gave me back my soul. It had been stepped on and I
did not understand how to resolve the situation. Today chapter six gave me
my answer. You also allow me to understand Bonaventure. I am grateful to
both of you. I, too, would have liked to be outside in nature, but the
weather did not help. But maybe God wanted us inside, looking out. Pax et
The spiritual journey within has always greatly
drawn me. I came here hoping to nurture my desire. These days of retreat
have not been disappointing—I leave with a renewed and deepened spirit and
with new light for my Journey into
God. I’m grateful—really grateful!
holistic, healing, freeing experience that focuses on the goodness of God
and opens one to the Presence of God in creation and ourselves! This
experience guided me to see God in ever new and deeper ways! It is a
renewing of my journey of life.