Using a series of watercolors painted by Sister Doris Klein, CSA, this retreat will invite participants to explore the stories of several New Testament women who encountered Jesus at significant junctures in their life journeys. We will pray with these women who were tenderly touched by the Holy One and meet the Jesus who, without judgment, can lead us to a place of balance and integration, and healing and wholeness by
honoring the unique gift of who we are: God’s work of art (Eph 2:10).
This retreat will be led by Clare D’Auria, OSF who is on the staff at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, PA. For half of her 50 years in ministry, she served in retreat work, offering directed and conference retreats as well as workshops in Franciscan spirituality throughout the U.S. She also served on the staff of the Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs, leading pilgrims through the holy sites in Assisi and Rome. Her other ministerial experience has included congregational and provincial leadership, secondary and collegiate education, and a variety of administrative roles within and outside her congregation.
[Important note: There are two options for retreatants: a 5 day or a 7 day conference experience. As this is the annual conference retreat for the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis who sponsor of the Chiara Center, the desire was to hold a seven-day conference. We realize that not all are able to commit that much time, so our presenter has planned the retreat in such a way that those who choose to attend only the five days will be provided with a well-integrated experience.