Greetings of Peace from Saint Francis Retreat Centre
The warmth in the sun is stronger now as the days slowly lengthen. At night the moon has been particularly beautiful this week, a bright golden globe lighting up the night sky spilling light into our corridors of darkness. We live in a very beautiful, and amazingly magnificent world. I have included the Psalmist thoughts on God and Creation, you may see it under Reflections on this Website.
We have had a number of people using our buildings in these winter months and our new heating system is ‘working a treat’ as many grateful residents testify to the added warmth of our buildings.
Sadly we needed to farewell one of our wonderful staff Ali Foreman who returns to Indonesia after completing his Phd. We wish him and his lovely family well as they settle back home again. Some of our staff have succumbed to winter ailments which have been particularly bad this year, thankfully we are just about all on board again. Our Friars continue to work hard with Community and Church commitments on top of the other calls upon their time. We are grateful for each other and the service we try to provide for all who come here.
I am looking forward to an influx of women this weekend as we gather for the annual Women’s Retreat. This year our theme is ‘The Hospitality of God’ . It has been wonderful to discover how important hospitality is to God and how it permeates all of God’s thinking and planning since the beginning of time down through the ages until this present time.
On a practical matter, may we remind you that we have implemented changes in the food we offer. We have been providing a normal selection of food with a vegetarian option. People with special diets now need to cater for themselves. If you would like to find out more about this please contact our office administrator – firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Centre sometime in the near future. If we can help you in anyway please feel free to contact us by phoning 09 625 6651 or emailing email@example.com Thanks
We include this in case you missed it last month:
Sadly our long time friend and colleague Glanton (Jim) Monaghan died on 16 January this year. Many of you will remember him for his depth of insight, wise guidance and cheerful disposition, along with his many other great attributes. We have included the eulogies from Jim’s funeral for you to read, as well as our tributes to him. He was a remarkable man who accomplished much, and was supported by his wonderful wife Rosella. double click to read : Glanton (Jim) Monaghan tribute and eulogies 2018
May you be Blessed as you continue your journey with God. On behalf of our Franciscan team … Betty
P. S. We also value your prayerful support. If you would like to contribute towards the cost of all the building changes please contact Fr Anthoni Selvaraj or Br Philip Jeffares at: firstname.lastname@example.org and one of them will respond to you. Thanks