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.”

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

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)

PRACTICING THE PRESENCE OF GOD: THE MYSTICISM OF POTS AND PANS (in-person or zoom) Tuesday, May 18 9:30am – 1:00pmThis morning retreat will help us recognize God’s Presence and action within and around us as we go about our ordinary tasks. Living in an awareness of God’s presence is a cure for the loneliness and distractedness of our times and helps us to “Pray always.” You will receive Brother Lawrence’s classic, The Practice of the Presence of God for good summer reading. Donation: $35, with lunch and book; Zoom $20.

THOUGHTS MATTER (zoom only) Thursday, May 20 7:00 – 8:00pm “My thoughts make all the difference in my world.” Believe it or not, we have the ability to choose our thoughts. This freedom is essential to our spiritual well-being and emotional health. This evening retreat will help us learn to notice our thoughts as they arise and choose to accept them or replace them. With prayer and practice, we can choose our thoughts receive a mind at peace, stilled and available for conscious thinking at will. Donation: $10, includes materials.

Cranaleith Spiritual Center. Somerton Section of Philadelphia. Offering evenings of contemplative prayer and a grief support group during the month of April.

St. Joseph: Carpenter, Dreamer, Foster Father, Saint (on-line) May 15 9:30am – 11:30am  Although Joseph does not speak a word in the Gospels, he is a powerful figure in the Catholic religious imagination and patron of the “hidden life,” moving Pope Francis to proclaim 2021 a Year of Saint Joseph. In this retreat, we will meditate on the life of Joseph using creative stories, artistic renderings, and Scripture… $25

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