The Journey Within

The Journey Within
Friday, January 26 (7-9pm)
Saturday, January 27 (9am-4pm)
Morning refreshments and lunch provided Saturday
Includes closing Mass on Saturday
St. Francis of Assisi Church
Parish Hall and Sanctuary

You're invited to participate in, "The Journey Within," a pre-Lent retreat for catechumens, candidates, sponsors, and team members involved with Becoming Catholic and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

The retreat will offer an immersion in the rich mystery of the spiritual life, the “interior life,” that deepest part of the life of faith that has to be established if faith is to endure and bear fruit.

Conference 1: "Are you not aware?" Opening the Gift of Baptism

Conference 2: The Journey Within: Seeking the Kingdom of God Within

Conference 3: The Mission: Bringing the Kingdom of God into the World

Included will be opportunities for listening, silent reflection, small group sharing, journaling, singing and making resolutions to establish lifelong habits of faith. The retreat will include special blessings for catechumens and candidates and will end with celebration of Mass.

Registration Information
Please pre-register here by Fri, Jan 19, to help with our planning for materials and food. Lunch and snacks will be provided on Saturday. Free will offering.

Retreat Director
Thomas J. Neal, Ph.D.
Academic Dean and Chair of Spiritual Theology
Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans

Dr. Tom Neal presently serves as Professor of Spiritual Theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, LA. He has a particular passion for exposing the unlimited potential of theology to offer the faithful a deeper sharing in the mind and heart of Jesus Christ. Dr. Neal has worked for twenty years in adult catechesis, retreat ministry and teaching theology in various contexts trying to make present for others the "Word made fresh."

Tom received a Masters in Systematic Theology from Mount St. Mary's University and a PhD in Religion at Florida State University. His Masters studies focused on the Orthodox theology of salvation known as theosis, and his doctoral studies concentrated on the socio-historical contexts within which late medieval mysticism flourished in Spain. His dissertation was on the Teresian Carmelite reform and the construction of ascetical identity in the writings of St. John of the Cross.

While he loves to continue his work on general topics of spiritual theology, especially inasmuch as they relate to priestly formation, Tom has dedicated much of his energy more recently to theological reflection on the vocation and mission of the lay faithful to be "secular saints" whose essential labor is to consecrate the world itself to God by faithfully living out their personal vocations in the world.

Tom, his wife, and four children live in Metairie, LA, and they love being called to be saints among Saints.


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