Charis Retreats at St. Francis of Assisi

Franciscan and Ignatian Spirituality for Young Adults

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Life is busy, hectic, frenetic.  It can be challenging for those in their 20s and 30s as they negotiate the many transitions, challenges and obstacles life presents.  We believe that taking time off and time away is a welcome and necessary break in their lives.  Charis retreat experiences provide the practical tools of Ignatian spirituality in a community of peers, helping them to see God’s presence and work in their lives. Our retreat experiences help form connections and community that can sustain that exploration and deepening of faith for years to come.

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Moved by the Spirit: Listening to God about Life’s Decisions
November 17-19, 2017
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, north of Burlington, NC.

Decisions, decisions, decisions… our lives are full of them. From the small — reaching out to a friend, planning to go to an event — to the large — our careers, our life partners, our involvement in the community — our choices can draw us closer to God. Still, in the midst of the noise of a busy life, how can we know where the Holy Spirit is calling us? Join other young adults in learning about tools that can help prayer be a two-way conversation with God. Pause and hear where God may be calling you to go. Reflect on how you are being invited to use your gifts. Go deeper in your relationship with God to see how the Holy Spirit moves in your life so you can live into your decisions.

Founded in 2000, Charis Ministries reaches adults in their 20s and 30s throughout the country, nurturing their faith through retreats based in Ignatian spirituality. St. Francis of Assisi is a member of the Charis Partner Program.

 

What are other Raleigh young adults saying about Charis retreats?

  • “The Charis retreat team acted as tour guides, helping to map out a journey that we travel with God. The talks, small group interactions, inspirational materials, and opportunities for individual reflection helped make this weekend a beautiful stop along the path.” – Chris R., Raleigh
  • A powerful retreat that is welcoming to all. It will bring you closer to God and aid you in your transitions in ways you could never imagine. A beautiful experience. I recommend to all.” – Liza G., Durham
  • “This retreat was a chance for me to grow closer to God in a gorgeous serene setting and where I felt comfortable being myself.” – Debbie Y., Raleigh
  • “I left this retreat with new friends, and new hope as I returned to transitions I was facing in my life. I am thankful for the perspective and peace this retreat gave me.” – Justin R., Chapel Hill

Christ Alive in Our Marriage
March 3, 2018
The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi

 Pope Francis reminds us that, “[St. Ignatius] pointed out two criteria on love.  The first: love is expressed more clearly in actions than in words.  The second:  there is greater love in giving than in receiving.”

Connect with your spouse and other newly married couples, taking a step back from your busy lives and embracing the gift of uninterrupted time together. Encounter the ways in which God is active and present in your journey as a married couple. Grow in your understanding of how your marriage can be a sign of hope and love in the world.

What are other couples in their 20s and 30s saying about this retreat?

  • “My husband and I really enjoyed spending a full day together reflecting on Christ in our marriage and how we can continue to grow in our faith and share that with others.” Mathilde K., Durham
  • “Overall it was a great way to relax and reflect and get to grow deeper in my faith with my wife.” Matt K., Durham
  • “This day has been invaluable in providing a space of sharing, reflecting on and becoming grateful for all the gifts God has provided to us through our marriage. ” Siobhan R., Durham
  • “Great experience and worth the time to meet other great couples and to spend time with your spouse.” Chris D., Knightdale
  • “Being able to have a ‘marriage refresher’ and hear stories of Christ in the marriage of other couples was rewarding.” Anna D., Knightdale
  • “The Charis retreat was a powerful day of prayer, reflection, and affirmation of our marriage.” Kathryn N., Raleigh

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Life is busy, hectic, frenetic.  It can be challenging for those in their 20s and 30s as they negotiate the many transitions, challenges and obstacles life presents.  We believe that taking time off and time away is a welcome and necessary break in their lives.  Charis retreat experiences provide the practical tools of Ignatian spirituality in a community of peers, helping them to see God’s presence and work in their lives. Our retreat experiences help form connections and community that can sustain that exploration and deepening of faith for years to come.

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Ignatian Spirituality

Ignatian spirituality is a spirituality for everyday life. It insists that God is present in our world and active in our lives. It is a pathway to deeper prayer, good decisions guided by keen discernment, and an active life of service to others.

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There are lots of ways to help with a Charis retreat through St. Francis of Assisi. You can be a part of making it happen!

  • Give a peer witness talk
  • Lead a prayer service
  • Facilitate a small group
  • Coordinate registration
  • Implement marketing
  • Prepare retreat materials

We want to help you use your gifts to make our next retreat a great success. Complete the form below to contact a Charis Team Member at St. Francis of Assisi, for more information. Click Here to Meet Our Current Team

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There are lots of ways to help with a Charis retreat through St. Francis of Assisi. You can be a part of making it happen!

  • Give a peer witness talk
  • Lead a prayer service
  • Facilitate a small group
  • Coordinate registration
  • Implement marketing
  • Prepare retreat materials

We want to help you use your gifts to make our next retreat a great success. Complete the form below to contact Jason Lillis, Charis Team Leader at St. Francis of Assisi, for more information.

Charis Contact

For more information, please contact Charis@stfrancisraleigh.org.