Spiritual Animation

Welcome! This page is dedicated to highlighting different types of Spiritual materials to inform and strengthen our spiritual lives. Some of the offerings may be specifically geared towards Consecrated Religious Life but most will be of interest to any “spiritual seeker.” This is just the beginning and we hope to share various media recommendations such as: videos, on-line retreats and learning experiences, music, books, also links to daily/Sunday liturgies and inspirational music videos.

Pricing Legend

$: 20-50 Dollars

$$: 50-100 Dollars

$$$: 100-200 Dollars

$$$$: 200+Dollars

All LINKS below are shown in green.

Individual viewing- on YouTube unless otherwise noted

Contemplation in the Midst of Chaos Sr. Joan Chittister (14 min.)

Contemplation and Action. Sr. Joan Chittister (20 min.)

Universal Christ by Richard Rohr. (60 min.)

Prophetic Faith in the Face of Fear by Daniel P. Horan. (78 min.)

Prayer Aid-LENT

YouTube offerings:

How To Live This Lent for Others Fr. Mike Schmitz (7min.)

Sheen Talks: Fr. James Martin, SJ on The Seven Last Words. (53 min.)

Sacred Space Lenten RetreatMargaret Silf. Weekly retreat March1- April 12. From Sacred Space, Pray As You Go. Audio links with transcript.

Lent 2021: To Live Anew with Joan Chittister (Cost $)
Six brief reflections; one each week of Lent. Introducing a spiritual companion for each week. Click here for more information>>

An Ignatian Guide to Lent.  40 Days of Ignatian Spirituality
This Lent, use Ignatian Spirituality to breathe new insight into the sacred rituals of the Season. Members of the Ignatian family share videos reflecting on how Ignatian spirituality has helped them go deeper into Lenten practices. Sign up here>>

Interfaith Immigration Coalition is offering a prayer resource called Lenten Values: Springing into Action. Participants are invited to reflect on nine values that ground the work of immigration justice. Each prayer will feature a brief reflection on scripture, stories, and more. Sign up here to receive the materials once they’re ready>>

The Global Catholic Climate Movement is offering A Laudato Si Lent 2021: A Journey of Hope. Each week will feature a “mini-fast” challenge that will help all of us reduce our ecological footprint and reflect on our relationship with God and all creation. You will receive weekly reminders and ideas about how you can live this journey of ecological conversion with this movement, including opportunities to connect through retreats, webinars, and prayer services. To receive these materials click here Join Laudato Si’ Lent today>>

The Religious Formation Conference is offering Surprised by God: A Lenten Invitation to Reflect on God’s Surprising Nearness>> on Wednesday March 3, 2-3PM EST. Presented by Dr. Chrissy Zaker who will guide us to reflect on God’s movement in our lives.

Creighton UniversityDaily Lenten Reflection

Daily Meditations with Bishop BarronLenten Series

Pencil Preaching by Pat Marin  

MinuteMeditations Franciscan Media


On-Line Retreats

From Ashes to Glory: Dan Schutte (Cost: $$)
Stay at home and make a Lenten retreat on your own time with eighteen music reflection videos by Dan Schutte. Access to the videos will last from Ash Wednesday through Palm Sunday.
At the end of the retreat, you’ll have the option to join a virtual Zoom conversation with Dan and others like yourself who’ve done the retreat. Registration includes a downloadable retreat workbook/journal to help you reflect on your experience and offer you a place to keep notes if you find that helpful. To Register and for more information click here>>

On-Line Classes

Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton, Lent and Holy Week. Recurring Event (Full series $40)
Thursdays, February 18 – April 8, 2:00 – 4:00 PM / ET ONLINE EVENT VIA ZOOM
Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton is a small group experience that invites people into contemplative dialogue. The course is rooted in a series of readings from a book edited by Jonathan Montaldo and Robert G. Toth of the Merton Institute for Contemplative Living. The text explores aspects of contemplation and the meaning of contemplative living. Each week a reading from… Find out more »

Day Programs, Weekend and Longer Retreats

Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth Wernersville, PA (approximately 85 miles from Philadelphia /1.5 hours by car)

$$ – $$$$  Weekend(directed), 5 and 7 day retreats

Please note: The Retreat House will be closing August 2021

Villa Pauline Retreat and Spiritual Center Mendham, New Jersey (approximately 70 miles from Philadelphia/1.5 hours by car)

Villa Pauline Retreat and Spiritual Center offers a variety of retreats and programs to Lay women and men, Religious women and men, Priests, and anyone desiring to deepen their relationship with God. ($ – $$$$)

Francis House of Prayer Allentown, New Jersey 08501 (approximately 35 miles from Philadelphia/1 hour by car)

$   One Day Retreats

$-$$   Monthly Series

Cranaleith Spiritual Center. Somerton Section of Philadelphia 

Current Online Offerings

up to-$$$$  Directed and Private Retreats

Mercy by the Sea   Madison, CT (approximately 180 miles from Philadelphia /3.5 hours by car)

Mercy by the Sea believes in the sacred nature of the individual and all of creation. Our programs, retreats and events encourage individuals to listen into and trust the still inner voice.

up to-$$$$     Directed, Themed and Private Retreats 

$        Short, On-line Programs

Gonzaga Eastern Point Retreat House Gloucester, MA (approximately 335 miles from Philadelphia/6 hours)

$$ – $$$$       Directed, Guided and Private Retreats