Love Will Steer Me True: A Crash Course in Intergenerational Conversation on Faith @ Franciscan Life Process Center - Lowell Campus
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Do you know a 20, 30, or 40-something person who is no longer attending church? Studies estimate that 83% of this age group are missing from the pews.

Do they even want to talk about it?

Jane Knuth and her daughter, Ellen Knuth, authors of Love Will Steer Me True: A Mother and Daughter’s Conversations on Life, Love, and God, (Loyola Press, 2014) talk about learning from young Catholics who are not in the pews. Topics include “How not to pray for a 20-something.” “Participant vs. Member” “If they aren’t in the pews—where are they?” “Worry and prayer are not the same thing.” “Intolerant of intolerance.” “In good standing vs. In good progress.” And “Taking faith to disaster zones.”


Jane Knuth

Jane writes a monthly column for The Good News, the newspaper of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, and co-writes a column for a local newspaper, (coincidentally named Good News) with her daughter Ellen. She and her husband, Dean, volunteer in local food distribution efforts. They live in Portage, Michigan.

In 2011, Jane’s first book, Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25 Cents at a Time, was awarded first place from the Catholic Press Association for Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith. Thrift Store Graces, her second book was published in 2012. She and her daughter Ellen, released Love Will Steer Me True: A Mother and Daughter’s Conversations on Love, Life, and God from Loyola Press in November 2014.

Ellen Knuth

Ellen Knuth returned to the USA after 5 years in Japan. Having already been an English teacher, a singer in a rock band, a dairy princess, a MC, a newspaper columnist, and a university relations manager for a study- abroad company, she now works as a headhunter for a multinational firm in the Detroit area.  She travels extensively, writes occasionally, and sings constantly. Love Will Steer Me True is Ellen’s first book.


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.

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