Serenity, AA & Al-Anon Retreat
December 1-3, 2017
Our Serenity Retreats are for men and women who are in AA & Al-Anon.
They provide an opportunity for people who follow the 12-step program
to gather together to focus on their spiritual lives, and share their
struggles and joys in a safe and respectful context.
Living with Addiction
The late Gerald May said, “To be human is to be addicted...and to be addicted is to be in need of God’s grace.” Whether we are here because of our own addiction, or whether we are here because of a loved one’s addiction, this weekend we are going to focus on taking the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous off the pages of the Big Book and bringing them into our daily lives. How can these Steps become even more real for us?
Our 2017 Serenity Retreat will feature input by Sister Linda and opportunities for small group sharing, prayer experiences, as well as ample personal time for reading, rest and personal reflection. A Roman Catholic Anticipatory Mass will be offered on late Saturday afternoon, December 2. Retreatants may arrive as early as 3:00 p.m. with a Light Supper served at 5:30 p.m. [Those who plan on arriving in time for the Light Supper should inform the Retreat Center no later than Monday, November 27th so that we may plan accordingly. A $5.00 donation for the light supper will be greatly appreciated.] The retreat will conclude on Sunday morning at
“Many of the old understandings to which I had been addicted were stripped away, leaving a desert like spaciousness where my customary props and securities no longer existed. Grace was able to flow into this emptiness, and something new was able to grow. Fresh understandings took root, and the insights that emerged were clearer, simpler, and more beautiful.” Gerald May, Addiction And Grace.
Presenter: Sr. Linda Fischer is a member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ from Columbia, PA. For the past 10 years, she has been involved full-time in 12-step retreat ministry. Sr. Linda is a 23-year recovering alcoholic and she calls her own journey in recovery one of the greatest blessings in her life.
3:00 pm - Early Check-in (front desk)
4:30 pm - Stations of the Cross
5:30 pm - Light supper (Dining Room)
6-7:30 pm - Check-in (Front desk)
7:45 pm - Welcome and Orientation (Chapel)
Followed by Presentation I and discussion in small groups
8:00 am - Morning Prayer (Chapel)
8:30 am - Breakfast (Dining Room)
9:30 am - Presentation II (Chapel) followed by discussion in small groups
11:30 am - 6th Step Ceremony (with confessions for those who wish)
12:30 pm - Lunch (Dining Room)
Followed by leisure time to rest, walk pray, or see a staff member for Spiritual Direction
3:30 pm - Presentation III (Chapel) followed by discussion in small groups
4:30 pm - Roman Catholic Sunday Mass (Chapel)
5:30 pm - Dinner (Dining Room)
7:00 pm - Presentation IV (Chapel) followed by discussion in small groups
8:15 pm - Optional Entertainment (Marian Lounge)
9:00 am - Breakfast
10:00 am - Morning Prayer (Chapel)
Followed by Presentation V and discussion in small groups
11:15 am - Stewardship meeting
View the Serenity Retreat brochure.
A non-refundable registration fee of $30.00 per person is required and must be received in order to reserve a room. Suggested offering for our weekend and mid-week retreats is $160 (includes programs, meals and private room with shared shower/toilet.
or call us at 952-447-2182.
The Conventual Friars of Our Lady of Consolation Province are your hosts at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center. The peace and natural beauty of our facility nestled in sixty acres of woods, prairie grass and a pond beckons you from the cares of daily life to a place of quiet reflection.
Our Retreat House and Spirituality Center offers:
Home cooked meals
Read some tips on How to Make a Retreat.
Our Frequently Asked Questions page provides further information on our retreats, our facilities, and the typical donation we request for attending our retreats.
Click on How To Get Here and consult a road map for directions to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center.
Should you have further questions, please call us at 952-447-2182, contact us via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or via our website at Contact Us.