About the Event
If we have learned nothing else through the Covid-19 plague it is that life is unpredictable and uncertain. Francis and Clare of Assisi also lived in difficult times, and their challenges inspired them to simplify their lives and faithfully rely on God’s support. They struggled, and experienced trauma, but then found joy through their contemplative practices and deeper connection to a Cosmic Christ.
This weekend retreat is dedicated to exploring the lives of Francis and Clare, but even more importantly translating what we can learn from these two saints to deepen our own faith journey. Leadership begins with how we lead our lives, and our decisions radiate and influence others in our family, larger community, and beyond.
The weekend begins on Friday evening with a welcome reception, dinner, and then a short session setting context for Francis and Clare’s world, its similarities and differences from our own, followed with evening prayer.
People are not born saints, but as Thomas Merton wrote, “For me to be a saint means to be myself.” Saturday begins with an exploration of how Francis and Clare became saints. Afternoon and early evening sessions unpack six tenets based on what we can learn from Francis and Clare for leading our own lives. Sunday Mass is celebrated late afternoon followed by dinner, and then Evening Prayer caps off our day together.
A final Sunday morning session addresses how we can carry forth what we have learned through our time together. All sessions include discussion, prayerful reflection exercises, as well as the sharing of experiences and ideas for living more joyful Gospel-inspired lives.
If you prefer making your reservation by phone or any question, please contact kateri at 925-785-9850. Thank you!
About the Presenter(s)Pauline Albert, PhD
Pauline J. Albert PhD, an experienced business leader, university professor, and devoted student of Francis and Clare. Her study of Francis and Clare was the basis for her doctoral dissertation in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. She also holds an MBA in Finance and Multinational Enterprise from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages from Emory University. Over the last ten years, Pauline has led numerous workshops, retreats, and courses focused on mission integration and modern-day leadership based on the lives of Francis and Clare of Assisi. Most recently, she served as the curriculum director for The Padua Program: Foundations for Mission Leaders and Officers in Franciscan Institutes. Pauline lives in Oracle, AZ where she is working on a book about Francis and Clare’s leadership.