The Wisdom of Saint Francis

Online Retreat

with Reverends David Wallace & Simon Ruth de Voil

Four session series: 

July 8th, 11th, 15th & 18th 

2 - 3:30 pm ET

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St Francis online retreat (Scholarship fee)
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Four session online retreat with Rev David Wallace and Rev Simon Ruth de Voil.
July 8, 11, 15, 18, 2PM – 3:30PM Eastern Time

This webinar will be hosted on Zoom. All sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

Once you register, you'll receive class links and confirmation by email. It may take up to 48 hours to receive the confirmation email.

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Four session online retreat with Rev David Wallace and Rev Simon Ruth de Voil.
July 8, 11, 15, 18, 2PM – 3:30PM Eastern Time

This webinar will be hosted on Zoom. All sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

Once you register, you'll receive class links and confirmation by email. It may take up to 48 hours to receive the confirmation email.

This webinar will be hosted on Zoom. All sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend live.

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Four session online retreat with Rev David Wallace and Rev Simon Ruth de Voil.
July 8, 11, 15, 18, 2PM – 3:30PM Eastern Time

This webinar will be hosted on Zoom. All sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

Once you register, you'll receive class links and confirmation by email. It may take up to 48 hours to receive the confirmation email.

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What to Expect

  • An exploration of the wisdom of Francis and Clare of Assisi, with focus on the meaning and relevance of their teachings in our own lives.
  • Experiential and contemplative practices illuminating Franciscan spirituality through poetry and song (visio and audio divina).
  • In-depth discussion and teaching from both facilitators, with space for sharing and reflection from participants.
  • Four live 90-minute Zoom gatherings (2 - 3:30 pm Eastern Time). All sessions recorded for later viewing. You are welcome to join the retreat even if you can't attend all sessions live.
  • Additional resources will be provided to continue your learning between sessions. Homework is always optional, but encouraged to deepen your personal exploration.

Retreat Sessions

Session I: Canticle of Creation 

The whole world is our cloister.” - St Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

In the Franciscan worldview, the Christ can be found everywhere. Nothing is secular or profane. You don’t really “get” the Christ mystery until body and spirit begin to operate as one. Once you see the material and the spiritual working together, everything is holy. The Christ is whenever and wherever the material and the spiritual co-exist—which is always and everywhere! Everything is already ‘christened’; any anointing, blessing, declaring, or baptizing is just to help us get the point.” Richard Rohr, OFM, Franciscan Mysticism: I AM that which I Am Seeking

Session II: Anam Cara — The Soul Friendship of Clare and Francis 

A person without a soul friend is like a body without a head” Attributed to St Brigid of Kildare (451-525)

Place your mind before the mirror of eternity.
Place your soul in the brilliance of glory.
Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance.
And through contemplation allow your entire being to be transform into the image of the Godhead Itself.
So that you too may feel what His friends feel
and taste the hidden sweetness
the God has reserved for his lovers.” - St Clare of Assisi (1197-1253)

Session III: Lady Poverty 

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  — Matthew 5:3, NIV.

You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you, there’s more of God and God's rule. — Matthew 5:3, The Message.

Francis's radical poverty was glossed over, deemed impossible or quietly rejected by most of the male followers ... only Clare and her sisters found a way for the radical life of Francis to be actually lived with freedom and joy.” Fr. Richard Rohr, Eager to Love

Session IV: The Holy Fool 

Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things . . . When you are left alone, pray. Love to throw yourself on the earth and kiss it. Kiss the earth and love it with an unceasing, consuming love.”          — Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 -1881)

Presenters

Simon de Voil

Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister, trained to be a sacred presence outside the conventions of traditional religion. As a sacred musician, spiritual mentor and worship leader he incorporates chant, ritual, poetry, storytelling, and mindful practice to create a space for profound connection and sacred witness. Simon provides music for worship, ceremony, and prayer in a wide variety of churches and non-religious spiritual communities. He particularly loves to create music for meditation, healing services, and rites of passage.

Simon is also an experienced workshop and retreat leader, drawing on 19 years of study, training, and practice that grew from his time living and working in Iona Abbey. Although influenced by many traditions, Simon’s spiritual path and teaching is deeply rooted in Celtic Christianity, the wisdom of the earth, and in the Scottish land where he’s spent most of his life.

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