Event Details

Advent Retreat: Caring for Jesus–Caring for One Another in Times of Uncertainty

December 6, 2024 3:00 pm
Darleen Pryds, Ph.D., Presenter
Laura Woodworth-Gibson, Presenter
Check-in on Friday is from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Dinner is served at 7:00 PM. First Session on Friday evening around 8:00 pm. The retreat concludes with lunch at noon on Sunday.

Cancellation policy
Overnight or Multi-day/weekend retreats: $50 fee. Day Retreat: $20. Fees may be applied to future retreats. The fees may be waived in event of extenuating circumstances. Contact Kateri at 925-837-9141 x315.

Details Price Qty
Shared Room (per person)show details + $320.00 USD  
Commuter + meals (no bedroom)show details + $250.00 USD  
Private Roomshow details + $350.00 USD  

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About the Event

A retreat for caregivers (and all of us are caregivers). Jesus is still in Mary’s womb during Advent and then he gets born into the womb of nature, where all of the natural world welcomes God and praises God. This culture of care is born in a time of great uncertainty. This is the model our faith gives us to be present with one another and with all of the natural world to welcome God among us.

How do we respond to uncertainty? Can we find the capacity to care even when there is uncertainty. This retreat offers space and time to cultivate a sense of care for yourself, for those close to you, and for our world. Through experiential meditations, collaborative talks, and liturgical prayer we will engage in caring for one another as we wait in anticipation of the incarnation and our encounter with Jesus in our midst. 

About the Presenter(s)

Darleen Pryds, Ph.D.

Darleen Pryds, Ph.D. is a professor of spirituality and history at the Franciscan School of Theology and the acquisitions editor at Franciscan Media. She has published widely on lay Franciscan spirituality and offers retreats and talks widely throughout the Franciscan world. In her spare time she is a hospice caregiver and enjoys hiking with her husband and their dog.

Laura Woodworth-Gibson

Laura Woodworth-Gibson is a frequent contributor to San Damiano Retreat, and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree at Franciscan School of Theology.

Laura Woodworth-Gibson has been a Cantor and Music Director specializing in liturgical music since 1975. She has served in various parishes across California and Tennessee, most recently at Mission San Luis Rey Parish in Oceanside, CA. A regular contributor at San Damiano, Laura graduated from Aquinas College in Nashville, TN, and is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the Franciscan School of Theology. She now resides in Rockland, Maine.