Greetings of Peace from Saint Francis Retreat Centre
Another year is well under way, in fact its nearly February. Today it is raining, steady soft welcome rain after days of sunshine, the earth will be relaxing.
Liston College will bring their teaching staff for a retreat tomorrow, so today’s quietness will be replaced by busyness with the intention of preparing their staff for a new year by prayerfully reflecting on their role as teachers in this changing and challenging world of ours. Its a good way to start.
Two of our friars, Fr Anthoni Selvaraj and Br Philip Jeffares will be attending a Definitary Council meeting in Singapore next week. Br Michael Goh and Br Peter Dalton will be here as well as our amazing staff who work hard to ensure things are running smoothly.
We offer a number of retreats through our programme (see Retreats) and will begin with a Time Out Day on Ash Wednesday 6 March, Easter will be later this year. In the meantime you are very welcome to contact us to make a booking for a private retreat, one for your group, or Time Out Day.
Thank you for your prayerful support and encouragement. If we can help you in anyway please contact us 09 625 6651 or email@example.com
In case you missed this news of our Celebration last year I will leave it for another month.
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 share stories of their part in our Franciscan story. Family members of Br Francis Erni, Fr Lucian Armstrong and friends of other deceased 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 in spite 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.
You are most welcome to have a look at Br Philip’s Annual letter to helpers and benefactors of the Friary. As well as focusing on this important day of Celebration it focuses on other aspects of our friars work. Please click on the link. http://AnnualNewsletter2018pdf
Fr Anthony Malone ofm, Michael Wood MP, Bishop Pat Dunn, Fr Anthoni Selvaraj ofm, Hayden Kingdon DRS St Peter’s College.
P. S. 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.