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San Pedro Center - Retreats and Programs

In order to accommodate the needs of our guests, we close registration for retreats and programs the week before they are due to begin. After that you must phone the office at 407-671-6322 for the possibility of accommodating a late registration. Thank you for helping us to serve you better!!

Oct. 24, 2018: Art & Soul

Getting creative is good for the soul! Bring your friends and your favorite bottle of wine to one of our monthly two-hour classes, and enjoy step-by-step instruction with our enthusiastic and experienced local artists. Each month, a local artist will guide you in making a one of a kind creation, all while focusing on a particular aspect of our Catholic faith. The artwork and crafts change each month, from DIY projects to charcoal, acrylic and watercolor! Our artists will guide you through the process and offer a faith reflection or challenge each month.

October 24, 2018

St. Francis Silhouette Card

 with Tony Deal

On October 24, in honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi earlier in the month, we will create St. Francis Silhouette cards. Tony Deal will guide you step by step as you create four cards, each with the silhouette of St. Francis. This project is good for beginner and seasoned artists alike!

This is a family friendly night! Bring your I.D., choice of wine, and we'll provide the glasses. You must be at least 21 to consume alcohol (beer or wine only) in the studio. Participants under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Sorry, no observers allowed.

Location: Main Hall Art Room

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Prices:

General Admission $25.00

Date: October 24, 2018

Available Spaces: 20

Oct. 26-28, 2018: Franciscan Retreat

Retreat facilitator is Fr. Vianney Cunningham, TOR.

This weekend retreat will have several lectures accompanied by discussions and resolutions on how to carry out this gift of Francis, influencing the world today.

Commuter- $90
Double Room-$185
Private Room-$260

Check in begins at 4pm on Friday, October 26th in the Administration Building. The retreat begins with dinner at 5:30pm and concludes with 10am Mass on Sunday, October 28th. Cost includes all meals, beginning with dinner on Friday through breakfast Sunday.

Prices:

  • Commuter ($90.00) + 4.00%
  • Double-Shared Room ($185.00) + 4.00%
  • Private Room ($260.00) + 4.00%

Start Date: October 26, 2018
End Date: October 28, 2018

Available Spaces: 49

Nov. 1-4, 2018: Franciscan Hermitage Retreat

A silent retreat guided by Franciscan Fr. Vianney Cunningham, TOR and
Jeanne & Tony Walter, Members of the Secular Franciscan Order.

San Pedro Center offers opportunities for an experience of Franciscan Hermitage deeply rooted in the Franciscan tradition.

Francis would withdraw to a hermitage or place of solitude in order to be with the Lord. In silence he would spend time praying.

If you would like to experience this rhythm of solitude and quiet, you are invited to attend this retreat. After an orientation and talk on the Franciscan way of life on Thursday evening, the retreatant begins two and a half days of silence. Each day begins with Eucharist. The Divine Office is recited communally throughout the day and evening, and personal time with the Lord is spent in rest, personal prayer and enjoyment of the grounds & chapel.

This retreat is limited to eight retreatants and fills up quickly.

The retreat begins at 6:00pm Thursday evening and concludes with 10:00am Mass on Sunday. Please eat dinner prior to arriving Thursday evening.

**Please Note: a $50 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your registration. You will not be registered for the event until this deposit is made. Payment should be made in full two weeks prior to event.**

Prices:

Private Guest Room $350.00

Start Date: November 1, 2018
End Date: November 4, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Nov. 3, 2018: Faith Fit Enrichment Retreat

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Faith Fit Enrichment Retreat

**This Retreat is for Diocesan School Staff**

This Faith Fit Enrichment Retreat is for those in the Faith Fit Enrichment program in the Diocese only.  This can serve as the retreat requirement for Faith Fit Enrichment for catechists to finish a level.  During this retreat participants will reflect on their own personal faith journey, using St. Peter the Apostle as a guide.

Registration begins at 9:30am and the retreat begins at 10am.

Prices:

General Admission $30.00

Date: November 3, 2018

Available Spaces: 27

Nov. 7 & 9, 2018: Mental Health First Aid

We are thrilled to have you join our Mental Health First Aid course on 11/07/2018 and 11/09/2018! To register for the course, please visit the offsite registration page here: https://tinyurl.com/MHFAnov2018 and enter your Course ID 00103252. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation notification on the portal.

Prices:

General Admission $60.00

Start Date: November 7, 2018
End Date: November 9, 2018

Nov. 8, 2018: Senior Day

How to Climb the Mountain Now

with Sr. Maria Teresa Acosta, SCTJM

Join us on November 8, 2018 for a spiritual reflection on the ‘universal call to holiness.’ This calling is ongoing and continues at any stage in life, no matter where we are at. Sr. Maria Teresa, SCTJM will lead the morning, discussing “How to Climb the Mountain Now.”

Sr. Maria is a professed religious sister in the Community of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. As part of their Marian Charism, the Community is always ready and totally available, like Our Lady, to go in haste to bring the love and life of Christ to all hearts. Sr. Maria currently lives and serves at Annunciation Catholic Church in the Diocese of Orlando.

Coffee and danish are served at 9:00 am.  The program begins at 9:30 am followed by lunch.  Mass ends the day!

Time: 9:00am-1:30pm

Location: St. John the Apostle (Bldg. 300)

Prices:

General Admission $15.00

Date: November 8, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Nov. 16, 2018: Building Rededication

Celebrate with us on November 16th at 11:00am as Bishop Noonan rededicates the St. Augustine, St. John the Apostle, and St. Thomas Aquinas Buildings, which were recently renovated.  Reception to follow.

Price: Free Event

Date: November 16, 2018

Available Spaces: 38

Nov. 28, 2018: Art & Soul

Getting creative is good for the soul! Bring your friends and your favorite bottle of wine to one of our monthly two-hour classes, and enjoy step-by-step instruction with our enthusiastic and experienced local artists. Each month, a local artist will guide you in making a one of a kind creation, all while focusing on a particular aspect of our Catholic faith. The artwork and crafts change each month, from DIY projects to charcoal, acrylic and watercolor! Our artists will guide you through the process and offer a faith reflection or challenge each month.

November 28, 2018

Advent Project

 with Tony Deal

As we look to the coming of our Lord at Christmas, we will create our own ornaments to remember the reason for the season! Join Tony Deal on November 28 as he guides you in creating customized ornaments for your family or loved ones. This project is good for beginner and seasoned artists alike!

This is a family friendly night! Bring your I.D., choice of wine, and we'll provide the glasses. You must be at least 21 to consume alcohol (beer or wine only) in the studio. Participants under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Sorry, no observers allowed.

Location: Main Hall Art Room

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Prices:

General Admission $25.00

Date: November 28, 2018

Available Spaces: 20

Dec. 5, 2018: Priests' Advent Gathering

Priests Only: Priests' Advent Gathering

"They all ate and were satisfied." (Matthew 15:37)
Diocese of Orlando Priests' Day of Reflection at San Pedro Spiritual Development Center
with Fr. Charlie Smiech, OFM

Ordained in 1981, Fr. Smiech has enjoyed over 25 years in retreat ministry. He is well versed in Catholic Tradition and Franciscan Spirituality, offering deep spiritual guidance to assist groups and individuals mature in their faith. As a worldwide traveler, Fr. Charlie honors world religions as well as a multitude of cultures. He is “contemplative by nature.” However, his message is full of life and joy.

He received his Masters of Divinity from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, New York. He continued his studies in spirituality and preaching at St. Michael’s College, Toronto, Ontario, and Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. Most recently, he studied at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas and St. Bonaventure University, New York. From 1999-2006 Fr. Charlie served as spiritual director and guardian at St. Francis Retreat House in Easton, PA. Then in 2006 was appointed Director of Temporary Professed Friars in Chicago at the Franciscan House of Studies for a term of 8 years.

Presently, Fr. Charlie resides at the Franciscans Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington D.C. He is Spiritual Director for Priests and Religious within the Archdiocese of Washington. In addition of being on staff at the Monastery, he is spiritual advisor to Pilgrimages to the Holy Land.

As a Franciscan Friar, Fr. Charlie Smiech has and remains to preach and teach religious congregations, parish missions, retreatants, and Inter-faith conferences in Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan and throughout the United States.

**Advent Day of Reflection is open to religious and diocesan priests serving within the Diocese of Orlando.**

Location: St. John the Apostle (Bldg. 300)

Price: Free Event

Date: December 5, 2018

Available Spaces: 61

Dec. 13, 2018: Senior Day

Speaker and topic to be announced.

Join us for Senior Day on December 13th!  Coffee and danish are served at 9:00 am.  The program begins at 9:30 am followed by lunch.  Mass ends the day!

Time: 9:00am-1:30pm

Location: St. Francis Hall

Prices:

General Admission $15.00

Date: December 13, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Jan. 18-20, 2019: The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton Retreat

The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton

with Fr. Daniel P. Horan, OFM.

Thomas Merton's life was shaped by his love for St. Francis and for the Franciscan spiritual and intellectual tradition.  This retreat will inspire participants to live richer, deeper, and more justice-minded lives.

Fr. Dan is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (NY), Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and the author of several books including the award winning The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton (2014).  His latest book is titled, God Is Not Fair and Other Reasons for Gratitude (2016).  His next book, All God's Creatures: A Theology of Creation is due out in Spring 2018.

He is the author of numerous popular and scholarly articles; is a frequent lecturer and retreat director around the United States, Canada, and Europe; and has previously taught at Siena College, St. Bonaventure University, and in the School of Theology and Ministry of Boston College.

Fr. Dan currently serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Bonaventure University (NY) and the Board of Regents of the Franciscan School of Theology (CA).  He is also co-editor of the academic journal New Theology Review.  Fr. Dan previously served on the Board of Directors of the International Thomas Merton Society, as the Catholic Chaplain at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., and as a columnist for America magazine.

He received his PhD in theology from Boston College, MDiv and MA from the Washington Theological Union (DC), and a BA (Honors) from St. Bonaventure University.  In addition to several other recognitions, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Felician University (NJ) in 2015.

Commuter- $90
Double Room-$185
Private Room-$260

Check in begins at 4pm on Friday, January 18th in the Administration Building. The retreat begins with dinner at 5:30pm and concludes with 10am Mass on Sunday, January 20th. Cost includes all meals, beginning with dinner on Friday through breakfast Sunday.

Prices:

  • Commuter ($90.00) + 4.00%
  • Double Room ($185.00) + 4.00%
  • Private Room ($260.00) + 4.00%

Start Date: January 18, 2019
End Date: January 20, 2019

Available Spaces: 55

Mar. 23, 2019: Faith Fit Enrichment Retreat

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Faith Fit Enrichment Retreat

**This Retreat is for Diocesan School Staff**

This Faith Fit Enrichment Retreat is for those in the Faith Fit Enrichment program in the Diocese only.  This can serve as the retreat requirement for Faith Fit Enrichment for catechists to finish a level.  During this retreat participants will reflect on their own personal faith journey, using St. Peter the Apostle as a guide.

Registration begins at 9:30am and the retreat begins at 10am.

Prices:

General Admission $30.00

Date: March 23, 2019

Available Spaces: 35

Jun. 15, 2019: Faith Fit Enrichment Retreat

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Faith Fit Enrichment Retreat

**This Retreat is for Diocesan School Staff**

This Faith Fit Enrichment Retreat is for those in the Faith Fit Enrichment program in the Diocese only.  This can serve as the retreat requirement for Faith Fit Enrichment for catechists to finish a level.  During this retreat participants will reflect on their own personal faith journey, using St. Peter the Apostle as a guide.

Registration begins at 9:30am and the retreat begins at 10am.

Prices:

General Admission $30.00

Date: June 15, 2019

Available Spaces: 35

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San Pedro Center is the ideal place for you and your group to get away from it all featuring almost 200 acres of pristine land surrounded by Lake Howell, 48 motel style bedrooms, three conference rooms, a full dining room, beautiful chapel facing the woods, and paths.

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