Coming November 2018
Storying Francis: An Extended Retreat With Francis of Assisi & “We Who Were With Him”
Presented by David A. Elliott
While taking the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, I repeatedly wondered: does a Franciscan extended retreat exist? A retreat that invites the Franciscan-inspired retreatant to move from story to life and life to story.
In 2017 – 2018, I offered our third presentation of this unique Franciscan alternative: Storying Francis:
An Extended Retreat with Francis of Assisi & “We Who Were with Him.” And in 2018-2019, I will be joyfully collaborating with San Damiano offering this full extended retreat. We invite you to join us for these 8 monthly weekends, from early November through early June!
Even in these early days of its evolution, Storying Francis is meeting a growing need for lay Franciscan spiritual practice. It is described by retreatants as “inspiring,” “life-changing,” “richness and depth.” “Filled with passion, conviction, and beauty. “Storying Francis brought me closer to Jesus through St. Francis, and together they’ve opened my eyes to God’s presence in everything!” “On the way to Francis, I discovered my soul.”
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.
Required pre-registration conversation: we discuss mutual expectations, program content, dates, and whatever else you’d like to know about! Contact David A. Elliott (retreat author & guide) to schedule your conversation: 916-215-0191. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.