Retreats and Workshops
St. Francis’ Document on Solitude
© photo: Jona Raischl, 2013
St. Francis’ Document on Solitude
From the earliest days of his conversion, Francis sought God out in the caves surrounding Assisi in order to commune with God in silence. When the first brothers joined him, he continued this practice. An opportunity is offered to experience solitude in much the same way Francis did with the early friars.
Workshop on the Office of the
Both Francis and Clare prayed the Office of the Passion, she frequently and he daily, and yet, among Franciscans down through the centuries, the Office of the Passion seems to have fallen almost completely into disuse. This Little Office has been published in a prayer-book format, containing a literal translation and commentary for meditation, a poetical-inclusive translation for prayer, with music and art to accompany the text. Communities wishing to introduce their members to this Franciscan treasure can do so by contacting André.
"My community and I received deep insight
into Francis' personal prayer and his understanding of the mystery of
the Incarnation when praying, singing and studying the Office of the Passion
with André Cirino."
Journey Into God
This retreat is an exploration of the content of this classic work of spiritual theology written by St. Bonaventure. The retreat seeks to recover this oft-neglected source of Franciscan spiritual wealth. Each day of the retreat is dedicated to one of the chapters of the JOURNEY offering a balance of instruction on the text, periods for reading and personal prayer and community participation in eucharistic liturgy, morning and evening prayer. The liturgical and para-liturgical prayer is especially designed by the presenters to disclose the profound themes in a contemporary experience. Andre and Josef presented this unique retreat experience in Italy, Canada, the Philippines, the United States and England.
Bringing Forth Christ:
The theme of
this retreat is spiritual motherhood. The doctrine of
spiritual motherhood invites us, men and women alike, to fashion our
spiritual lives on the model of Mary, Mother of Jesus and image of
the Church, and to develop the maternal element in our nature.
Spiritual motherhood sets free the living and life-giving forces
within us and fosters the loving and caring side of our nature which
is the antidote to every form of violence.
The Prayer of St. Francis
and St. Clare
This retreat is dedicated to examining the prayer
experience of Francis and Clare and incorporating that experience
into our own lives. Five approaches to Franciscan prayer
constitute this retreat’s program:
All of these forms are explored through
conferences and experiential activity.
The San Damiano Crucifix
Francis of Assisi had a decisive experience before the crucifix of San Damiano when the voice of Jesus asked him to rebuild the church. The first day of the retreat explores the significance of this icon. Each of the following days centers on a theme from The Prayer Before the Crucifix. Stories from Franciscan sources as well as the writings and witness of Francis, Clare and their early companions help expand the themes of this prayer. A prominent place is given to the theological virtues of faith, hope and love which figure so prominently in this text.
A Pilgrimage of the Heart
length—6 days Presenter: André
This retreat has been developed for those Franciscans--retired or infirm brothers and sisters--unable to make a pilgrimage to Assisi. After an introduction to the city of Assisi on the first evening, the “pilgrims” travel to San Damiano, Porziuncola, Carceri, La Verna, and the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare. The retreat is built on the spirituality of place and makes extensive use of audio/visuals to make this pilgrimage retreat.
The Evangelical Life
Saints Francis and Clare walked in the footprints of our Lord Jesus Christ. They
took to heart what Jesus did and said—they lived the Evangelical Life. This
retreat focuses on five major movements of living the Evangelical Life: