Greetings of Peace from Saint Francis Retreat Centre
It is cold today. Winter has arrived and if the forecast is anything to go by we are in for even colder days and nights…but we can’t complain we have had a very mild autumn and the seasonal changes are so akin to our lives…the ebbs and flows, ups and downs, darkness and light they all help us to appreciate the difference when it arrives.
Two of the trees fallen in March have been cut up for firewood or used to be part of the new prayer labyrinth on the back lawn. What remains is a place for reflection. The daffodils flower as they have always done, around the base of the trunk. The are such happy reminders of the continuance of life.
Everything is quiet here, but it hasn’t been the case over the last few weeks as staff have been busy rearranging things to make way for some new beds, which have been really appreciated by our residents. We still need to replace a few more, but its a start.
The friars are busy with many calls upon their time. I have just taken Fr Anthoni to the Airport – he is off to Wellington for a Religious Leaders meeting. Br Philip has been to a funeral of someone who used to come and help out at our Taize evenings and is a friend of the friars. Br Peter takes life easier these days, but still helps when he can, his last major assignment was pruning the hydrangeas. Br Michael leads retreats and helps with the running of the Centre, while Fr Arul is busy with the St Terese Parish. Each day has a different call upon their time and energy. We are grateful to God for them and the input they have into our lives and many who come here, and in the wider community.
On a practical matter, may we remind you that we have implemented changes in the food we offer. As from the beginning of March 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 – email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com and one of them will respond to you. Thanks