When Francis Met Clare

Friday, October 2, 2020 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

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Beginning in 1212 when Clare left her home to follow the ways of Francis of Assisi, Francis and Clare began a special relationship and shared a common spirituality that undergirded the founding of their religious orders.  Yet in 1958, Pope Pius XII named St. Clare the Patron Saint of Television and in 1979, Pope John Paul II named St. Francis the Patron Saint of Ecology.  What do television and ecology have in common? 

In celebration of the Feast of St. Francis, we invite you to join us for a retreat that celebrates the relationship of Francis and Clare and looks at the spirituality that joins these two together.  During this Day Apart, you will discover a common spiritual practice of Ecology and Television and learn the myths and the truths behind the spiritual companionship Francis and Clare.

With time for personal reflection walking the grounds of Rolling Ridge, and corporate time of sharing and video interaction, you will find your spirit refreshed and challenged by these medieval saints whose connection with each other and the Earth still inspires hearts today.

PLEASE NOTE:  This is a Day Apart ONSITE event.  It begins at 9:30am and runs to 3:30pm.  There is a lunch break at 12:30 and luncheon is served in the lakeside gallery dining room, following all MA STATE recommendations and safety precautions.  Masks and Social Distancing are REQUIRED as well as completing a COVID19 Questionnaire. There is a maximum number of 12 participants in order to maintain safe distancing.  This program is NOT offered ONLINE.

About the leader(s)

Lawrence Jay

As the Executive Director of Rolling Ridge, Lawrence works in partnership with the staff to ensure that the guest experience at the Ridge is top quality.  He also partners with retreat leaders to provide excellent programming at the Ridge, and is available to speak about the ongoing ministry and historic mission of Rolling Ridge as a place of rest, retreat, and transformation.  An ordained American Baptist pastor, he is a graduate of UCLA, Golden Gate Seminary, Franciscan School of Theology, and American Baptist Seminary of the West.  Eco-spirituality is his passion (and was his doctoral dissertation), encouraging everyone to live into the fullness of our connection with nature, God, and all people.