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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!!

Dec. 19, 2018: Family Night

December 19, 2018
6pm-8pm

Join us for our Annual Live Nativity Featuring:
Live Animals, Christmas Carols, Food & Holiday Treats, Christmas Crafts,
and Presentations of the Live Nativity throughout the evening.
Cost is free, with food and treats for sale!

Price: Free Event

Date: December 19, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Jan. 10, 2019: Senior Day

Exploring Prayers of Different Faiths

with Dr. Isabel Fernandez, Ph.D.

As Christians, we pray to God as “Our Father.” How does this differ in the prayers of other religions? This Senior Day will explore the prayers of different faiths and how they can impact our own Catholic faith journey.

Dr. Isabel Fernandez is the Director of Mission Effectiveness for the Office of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Orlando. She is responsible for oversight of Catholic identity, campus ministry, religion curriculum and the professional development of faculty and catechists in matters of religion and faith formation. For 15 years, she has been involved in various aspects of catechetical formation of children and adults as a Director of Faith Formation for and a facilitator for catechist formation.

Dr. Fernandez is an adjunct professor for Saint Leo University, where she teaches courses on World Religions, and Loyola New Orleans; she graduated from the University of Dayton in Ohio (PhD. In Theology) and Florida State University (M.A. in Religious Studies). She lives in East Orlando with her family and awesome dogs.

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: January 10, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Jan. 15, 2019: Spirituality Series

Spirituality Series: The Theology of Conflict

with Heidi Peckham

        As we continue with San Pedro Center’s Spirituality Series, we are thrilled and honored to welcome Heidi Peckham as our next guest speaker.

As parish ministers who engage in the religious language of community, love and acceptance, we can be startled, dismayed and often overwhelmed by conflict!  Very often, our first response is to AVOID conflict.  This is the exact opposite of what our faith traditions calls us to do.  Sometimes our fear of hurting feelings causes more problems than what we like to think of as courtesy.  There are tools we can learn that assist us in our honesty and enable others to be honest in return thereby building stronger and healthier relationships.

Come and laugh and learn about conflict:  A positive definition.  Learn what tools you need to overcome conflict and move into friendship.  And recognize the tools needed to move beyond conflict to solve problems and build community.

Heidi J. Peckham, LMHC, received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida in 1997 and gained her clinical experience working with young parents, teaching them effective parenting.  Ms. Peckham went to work for the Diocese serving Bishop Dorsey as the Director of Family Life.  She was appointed Secretary of Pastoral Ministries by Archbishop Wenski.  She retired in 2014 and has maintained a limited private practice as she continues with her first love of promoting good mental health through community education.

Ms. Peckham’s wealth of knowledge of our Catholic faith and our traditions combined with her clinical knowledge and experience makes all her presentations both informative and affirming.  Her specialty is Emotional Wellness and teaching us that all our emotions have a purpose, including anger.  Heidi’s presentation style and good humor makes for easy listening and fun filled learning.  Bring your note book, sense of humor and your neighbor, you will be glad you did.

 

Time: 7:30pm-9pm

Location: St. Francis Hall

Price: Free Event

Date: January 15, 2019

Available Spaces: 78

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: 33

Jan. 19, 2019: Saturday Morning Book Club

Elijah in Jerusalem: A Novel by Michael D. O'Brien

Elijah in Jerusalem, the long-awaited sequel to the acclaimed, best-selling novel Father Elijah: An Apocalypse, is the continuing story of the Catholic priest called to confront a powerful politician who could be the Antichrist foretold in the Bible.

A convert from Judaism, a survivor of the Holocaust, and a participant in the founding of Israel, Father Elijah was for decades a monk on Mount Carmel, the mountain made famous by his Old Testament prophet-namesake. In the events of the preceding novel, the Pope commissioned Father Elijah to meet the President of the European Union, a man rising toward global control as President of the soon- to-be realized World Government. Recognizing in the President a resemblance to the anticipated Antichrist, the Pope asked Father Elijah to call the President to repentance, a mission that ended in failure.

In this sequel, now-Bishop Elijah, wanted for a murder he did not commit, tries again to meet the President. Accompanied by his fellow monk Brother Enoch, he enters Jerusalem just as the President arrives in the holy city to inaugurate a new stage of his rise to world power. This time Elijah hopes to unmask him as a spiritual danger to mankind. As the story unfolds, people of various backgrounds meet the fugitive priest, and in the encounter their souls are revealed and tested.

Elijah perseveres in his mission even when all seems lost. The dramatic climax is surprising, yet it underlines that God works all things to the good for those who love him.

Arrive ready to discuss the book on January 19, 2019. We'll meet in the Administration Building Conference Room, from 9:30am to 11:30am. The San Pedro Center Book Club is led by Fr. Blase Romano, TOR.

If you are unable to get this month's book at your local library, Amazon always has “gently used” copies for sale for a very reasonable price.  Please register online or call the San Pedro Office (407) 671-6322.  This is a free program but, as always, donations are humbly accepted.

Price: Free Event

Date: January 19, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Jan. 30 & Feb. 1, 2019: Mental Health First Aid

We are thrilled to have you join our Mental Health First Aid course on 01/30/2019 and 02/01/2019! To register for the course, please visit the offsite registration page here: https://tinyurl.com/y97rx8wo and enter your Course ID 00103256. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation notification on the portal.

Training Location:

January 30, 2019 in St. Francis Hall

February 1, 2019 in St. Augustine Building

Prices:

General Admission $60.00

Start Date: January 30, 2019
End Date: February 1, 2019

Feb. 7, 2019: Senior Day

Topic: To Be Announced

with Fr. Blase Romano, TOR

Join us for Senior Day on February 7th!  Topic information will be published soon.

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: February 7, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Feb. 14-17, 2019: 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:

  • Deposit ($50.00) + 4.00%
  • Full Registration ($350.00) + 4.00%

Start Date: February 14, 2019
End Date: February 17, 2019

Available Spaces: 8

Mar. 14, 2019: Senior Day

Topic: To Be Announced

with Larann Wilson

Join us for Senior Day on March 14th!  Topic information will be published soon.

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: March 14, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Mar. 15-17, 2019: Lenten Retreat

A Weekend Lenten Retreat with Fr. Vianney, TOR.

Our annual Lenten Retreat will draw you closer to God in this Lenten season.

Check in begins at 4:00pm in the Administration Building. The retreat begins with dinner at 5:30pm on Friday and conclude on Sunday after the 10:00am Sunday Mass. Talks will be followed by sharing with others on retreat and by periods of silence.

In addition to Eucharist, Saturday and Sunday, there will be an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

**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:

  • Deposit ($50.00) + 4.00%
  • Commuter ($90.00) + 4.00%
  • Double Room ($185.00) + 4.00%
  • Private Room ($260.00) + 4.00%

Start Date: March 15, 2019
End Date: March 17, 2019

Available Spaces: 45

Mar. 19, 2019: Spirituality Series

Topic: To Be Announced

with Sr. Rosemary Finnegan

        As we continue with San Pedro Center’s Spirituality Series, we are thrilled and honored to welcome Sr. Rosemary Finnegan as our next guest speaker.  Topic information will be published soon.

 

Time: 7:30pm-9pm

Location: St. Francis Hall

Price: Free Event

Date: March 19, 2019

Available Spaces: 78

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: 31

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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