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.

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For the Year of St. Joseph (includes printable prayer service and St. Joseph bookmark)

Pope Francis Announces Year of St. Joseph for 2021 (45 min.)

Individual viewing- on YouTube unless otherwise noted

To access the following on your smart TV, simply press the microphone on your Comcast Xfinity remote and read the title, ending with “on YouTube.”

St. Paul’s Forum: Circle of Love. Praying with the Rublev Icon. Ann Persson. St. Paul’s Cathedral (48 min.) Fast Forward to 14 min. for a beautiful contemplative exercise on the Trinity. There are also wonderful thoughts for Pentecost on the Holy Spirit.

God, Evolution and the Power of Love, Part 2.1. Ilia Delio  (57 min.) Center for Christogenesis. Fast Forward to 16 min. 56 sec. to bypass an initial Q & A section.

2017 LCWR Outstanding Leadership Award Presentation to Constance Fitzgerald, OCD. Carmelite Monastery of Baltimore (44 min.) Fast Forward to 30 min. 53 sec. for a superb segment on the Trinity.

What Does It Take For Someone To Convert To God? Richard Rohr, OFM (1 ½ hrs.) (N.B. This is based on Rohr’s book The Divine Dance and is really great on the Trinity.)

How The Church Can Combat Racism And White Privilege. Bryan Massingale, SJ (25 min.)

Discovering St. Joseph. Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J. (57 min.)

Why St. Joseph Is The Saint We Need in 2021. Fr. James Martin, SJ (6 ½ min.)

St. Joseph- Protector, Part 1.  Fr. Richard McAlear, OMI. (25 min.)

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

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

Universal Christ by Richard Rohr, OSF. (60 min.)

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

Prayer Aids

A Lord’s Prayer for Justice. Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Under the Weeping Beech. Prayer video from the Jesuit Retreat House, Wernersville, PA

Pencil Preaching by Pat Marrin  

MinuteMeditations Franciscan Media

On-line retreats

Pricing Legend for Retreats and Programs listed below

$: 20-50 Dollars

$$: 50-100 Dollars

$$$: 100-200 Dollars

$$$$: 200+Dollars

Day programs, weekend and longer retreats

Mother Boniface Spirituality Center, Northeast Philadelphia

Come and Rest Awhile –July 25-31. Choose a private, or directed/guided retreat. The retreat begins with supper on Sunday, July 25, and ends with Mass and brunch, on Saturday, July 31. Guided/Directed Retreat: $500.00– Private Retreat: $450.00 Click here for details and registration


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 is offering 6-8 day summer retreats for Lay women and men, Religious women and men, Priests, and anyone desiring to deepen their relationship with God. ($ – $$$$)

“Fervor at our Fingertips: The Practice of Joy in the Consecrated Life”  DIRECTED RETREAT: June 22-29, 2021 Villa Pauline

Directors: Carol Makravitz, SCC, Teresa Skierkowski, SCC

The focus of this retreat is a person’s relationship with God. Scripture, prose, poetry and other materials are offered for prayer and reflection. Retreatants will have the opportunity to meet daily with a spiritual director. Daily Eucharistic Liturgy and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available. This six-day Ignatian directed retreat is an invitation to reflect on how we are meeting God in our prayer and in our life experiences.

PREACHED RETREAT: July 16-23, 2021 Villa Pauline Facilitator: James Croghan, S.J. PREACHED RETREAT: August 7-14, 2021 Villa Pauline Facilitator: Rev. Daniel Issing, C.S.C.

For more information about these retreats and their cost contact: Call 973-738-4266 Sister Marie Pauline, Director


Francis House of Prayer Allentown, New Jersey 08501

(approximately 35 miles from Philadelphia/1 hour by car)

THE SAYINGS OF ST. FRANCIS DE SALES. (in person or Zoom) Friday, June 11 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM We will reflect on the sayings of St. Francis de Sales and enter into the beauty and simplicity of the Salesian tradition. One of the warmest and most sympathetic strands in the tapestry of Christian spirituality, the Salesian tradition is a treasure many Christians have yet to discover. In our time together, we hope to experience not only its richness, but also its application in our daily lives. Donation: $25 with lunch; Zoom $20.


Cranaleith Spiritual Center. Somerton Section of Philadelphia.

June 16 – Online @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, “Once upon a Time:” Imaginative Stories to Enrich Scriptural Prayer Ever since Jesus started telling stories, these four words, Scripture, Imagination, Stories, Prayer, belong together. How do they or how might they enrich your spiritual life? This is the question we’ll explore in three interactive sessions. Each session stands independently, even as they build on one another. Come to one or more, as you are able. $20 – $45

Current Online Offerings

up to-$$$$  Directed and Private Retreats


Retreat Centers at a Distance

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