Retreat & Discern

Discovering Spiritual Gifts

Sat, June 17
9am - 1:30pm (light lunch included)
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Serra Room
Limited space. Registration required. Suggested donation $25.
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Discovering Spiritual Gifts is an opportunity to explore and begin the process of discovering God's call in your life. Through sacred Scripture, we know that each of us has Spiritual Gifts. In this half-day workshop, we'll learn:

  • What are Spiritual Gifts, and how do I know what mine are?
  • How can I recognize whether a Spiritual Gift is at work in my life?

Come and discover ways to understand and recognize your Spiritual Gifts! Our facilitator will be Deb Richards, a writer, spiritual director, and SoulCollage® Facilitator.  She serves as Director of Faith Formation at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church in Des Moines.


Called & Gifted Workshop 

June 2 (7-9:30 pm) and June 3 (9-4 pm)
Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Parish, Ankeny
Limited space. Registration required. Free will offering.
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Those who complete the Called & Gifted™ workshop will take the Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory and Called and Gifted Workshop logowill learn:

  • The role of every Catholic and of the local parish in the mission of the Church to the world.
  • The critical role of charisms in the life and service of other lay Catholics and in the life of the parish or Christian community.
  • The signs and characteristics of 24 common charisms.
  • How discerning and using your charisms can change your life and the life of others, your parish, and the world.

The workshop is part one of a three-part discernment process. Sessions are offered at various times and locations throughout the year. Questions? Contact Faye Akers, or (515) 223-4577 . 


Christ Renews His Parish 

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) is a retreat movement that has been active at St. Francis since 1998. These retreats are rooted in the Sacraments and prayer, and offer participants the opportunity to explore and share their faith with fellow parishioners. 

Fall 2017

Men's Retreat: Sept 16-17
Contact: Dan Wilcox,


Women's Retreat: Sep 23-24
Contact: Jackie Wallin,

Spring 2018

Men's Retreat: Feb 24-25
Women's Retreat: March 3-4

Fall 2018

Men's Retreat: Sept 15-16
Women's Retreat: Sep 23-24