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Men’s Summer Retreat @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Jul 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Men’s Summer Retreat
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Lowell Campus

Men, please join us on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 for the Men’s Summer Retreat.

Arrival/check in time is between 8:00 – 9:00 am.  Coffee and donuts will be available.

Msgr. Gaspar (Gus) Ancona will be the principal presenter.  The day will include

  • Welcome and opening prayer
  • Morning prayer with meditation
  • Presentation, followed by quiet, walk, or reflection
  • Presentation
  • Penitential service with homily, followed by individual Confession and absolution
  • Closing Mass with homily

The registration fee is $50.00 which includes lunch and is payable at the time of registration.

For those who wish transportation for Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Grand Rapids, coffee, juice,and a car ride will be available from the IHM parking lot at Burton and Plymouth Streets to bring you to the Center and return you to IHM.  Cars going to the Center will leave at 8:00 SHARP.  You will be able to make these arrangements when you register.

You may register in three ways:

  • Click here to register online and pay online OR to register online and mail your payment.

(Here’s the link:

  • Mail your check and registration information (name, address, phone number, parish and retreat date 7/19/17) to

Retreat Coordinator
Franciscan Life Process Center
11650 Downes St. NE
Lowell, MI  49331

Checks should be made payable to the “Franciscan Life Process Center” with a note “Men’s Retreat 7/19/17.

Your Retreat Committee Coordinators

Fred Braun                            Richard Hansknecht               Roger Knape

Steve Dykema                       Dick English                          Patrick Quinn

Joe Tierney                            Dr. John Stepanovich             Carl Rinke

Deacon Ed Harwood              John Knape


Awareness, Gratitude, and Imagination: An Ignatian Writing Day for a Healthy Soul with Vinita Hampton
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 4:30 pm

Awareness, Gratitude, and Imagination:  An Ignatian Writing Day for a Healthy Soul with Vinita Hampton

Through a variety of writing exercises, group discussion, silence, movement, and time alone, participants will experience sharpened awareness of God’s presence in daily life. They will explore multiple aspects of gratitude and use imagination as a prayer, and a playful way to ask, “What’s next?”  This retreat begins on Friday night  6:00 pm and ends at 4:30 on Saturday.

Vinita Hampton Wright has been a book editor in the religion market for 26 years. She is the author of numerous books, including Days of Deepening Friendship, The Soul Tells a Story, The Art of Spiritual Writing, and the novel Dwelling Places.

Cost: $240 includes presentations, room, snacks Friday evening, continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Attendees are encouraged to stay at the Center to enjoy a time away from the responsibilities of daily life; however, guest rooms at the FLPC are optional.