Coming October 2018
Storying Francis: An Extended Franciscan Retreat
presented by David Elliott, MAMC
While taking the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, I repeatedly wondered: does a Franciscan extended retreat exist? Inviting the Franciscan-inspired retreatant to move from story to life and life to story?
In Spring of 2018, we conclude our third presentation of this unique Franciscan alternative: Storying Francis: An Extended Retreat with Francis of Assisi & “We Who Were with Him.”
Even in these early days of its evolution, Storying Francis is meeting a growing need for communal lay Franciscan spiritual practice. It is described by retreatants as a journey of “inspiring,” “life-changing,” “richness and depth,” “filled with passion, conviction, and beauty.”
Without medieval scholasticism? Especially without medieval scholasticism!
After all, why just read about Franciscan concepts when you can live into Francis’ inexhaustible stories? Gently set the books aside, friend, and treat yourself to 8 months of Franciscan storytelling, contemplation, and conversation.
There are, of course, dynamic academic influences. The spiritual writings of Thaddée Matura, OFM. The prophetic feminist storying of Darleen Pryds, Ph.D. The Franciscan historical insights of André Vauchez. The challenging Franciscan studies of Jacques Dalarun. And that wealth of Franciscan story and history, Francis of Assisi: Early Documents.
We draw on these sources and we story them deeper. By imaginative encounters, by embracing the arts, and by prayer, we become more who we are: Franciscan pilgrims of a storied time and space.
In 2018–2019, San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville, CA will be offering this full extended retreat, experienced over 8 monthly weekends, from early November through early June! Please join me at San Damiano on October 5 for a preview of the “Once Upon a Saint” experience. This one-day retreat will give you a taste of what to expect and help discern if you are called to participate in the extended retreat
Join us. In peace and all good.
Retreat Guide: David A. Elliott, MAMC, pursued non-Gospel poverty as a street performer and storyteller. After editing the award-winning Way of St. Francis, David graduated from the Franciscan School of Theology, and completed studies at the Mercy Center Spiritual Direction Institute. Since then, he’s practiced retreat direction, presentations, and writing. He and his wife Lisa live in Sacramento and recently launched Following Francis—a faithful fool’s guide to perfect joy.