Greetings of Peace from Saint Francis Retreat Centre
We are just about in lock-down mode as the year draws to a close. Sam is mowing the lawns and the house is having a spring clean. We have two groups making their final appearance for the year. Its been a busy one for us with an even busier one ahead as more and more people discover who we are and what we have to offer.
The 8oth Anniversary Celebration of the laying of the Foundation stone on the 27th October went well as many came in support of our work here and to recap their own part in our Franciscan story. Family members of Br Francis Erni, Fr Lucian Armstrong and friends of other friars, as well as previous staff members and supporters swelled our numbers. Our Auckland Bishop, Pat Dunn and our local MP, Michael Wood added their colour to our day as did the Tongan Legion of Mary, boys from St Peter’s College, and St Terese church choir. The weather was glorious inspite of the weather forcaste which meant we could celebrate at the front of the building in the open air.
The theme running through the weekend celebration was one of Thanksgiving to God for his faithfulness in the whole process from the beginning when Australian friars came to start the small community in the late 1930s until today. The Friary was opened in 1940 with the express purpose of providing a place of quietness for people to seek God in reflective prayer.
Fr Anthony Malone ofm, Michael Wood MP, Bishop Pat Dunn, Fr Anthoni Selvaraj ofm, Hayden Kingdon DRS St Peter’s College.
St Peter’s College boys
Tongan Legion of Mary
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 On behalf of the friars, Fr Anthoni, Fr Arul, Br Peter, Br Philip, and Br Michael and all our wonderful staff I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Joy filled Christmas as God attends to your needs, the needs of your family, the community in which you live as well as the needs of our world. 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. Thank you.