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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!!

Aug. 18, 2018: Saturday Morning Book Club

Saturday Morning Book Club

Join us in August as we discuss Pope Francis: Life and Revolution: A Biography of Jorge Bergoglio by Elisabetta Pique.

Since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in 2013, countless books have been written to help the world understand this deeply complex yet simple servant of God. What sets Pope Francis: Life and Revolution apart from all other biographies of Pope Francis is the careful research and original investigation behind it, along with the fact that it is written by an internationally respected journalist—Elisabetta Piqué—who has remained close to the Pope since first meeting him back in 2001.

Pope Francis: Life and Revolution reveals a man consistent in his beliefs and actions. He is a spiritual leader unwavering in his love for God, whose inner joy and peace move him—and can inspire us—to serve the least, the last, and the lost.

Arrive ready to discuss the book on August 18, 2018. 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: August 18, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Sep. 13, 2018: Senior Day

Senior Day: September 13, 2018

Buddhism and Islam: A Catholic Perspective
with Isabel Fernandez, PhD

What are the major tenets of Buddhism and Islam, and how can we better understand these beliefs as Catholics? This Senior Day will provide a view of Buddhism and Islam in a way that will strengthen your Christian faith.

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: Building 300

Prices:

General Admission $15.00

Date: September 13, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Sep. 18, 2018: Spirituality Series

May He Make of Us an Eternal Offering to You: A Eucharistic Spirituality

with Fr. George Nursey

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

A native Floridian who grew up in Orlando, Fr. George Nursey is the tenth of eleven children. He is a “late vocation” who was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 2013 and is currently assigned as Parochial Vicar at Most Precious Blood parish in Oviedo FL.

Before deciding to answer the call to priesthood, Fr. George worked in various occupations ranging from truck driving, jewelry sales, repair, and manufacturing, bartending, teaching, research, and editing. Fr. George holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from Rollins College, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, a Master of Divinity from St. Vincent DePaul Regional Seminary, and a Doctorate in Theology from The Catholic University of America.

The two great loves of Fr. George’s life are his priesthood, and surfing, which he does whenever nature and his priestly ministry allow.

The title for this program comes from a phrase in Eucharistic Prayer III. Fr. George will begin with a brief discussion on the biblical concept of sacrifice, then move on to explain how Christ fulfilled the true notion of sacrifice as a self-gift to God, and how that sacrifice is made present and effective for us in the Eucharistic sacrifice. Finally, Fr. George will discuss developing a spirituality of self-offering to God and others that embraces and grows out of our participation in the Holy Eucharist.

        Please try to attend this inspiring talk given by a priest from our own Diocese.

 

Time: 7:30pm-9pm

Location: St. Francis Hall

Price: Free Event

Date: September 18, 2018

Available Spaces: 75

Sep. 25-Nov. 6, 2018: Ignatian Book Study

Join us for a 7 week book study as we dive into "Praying with Ignatius of Loyola" by Jacqueline Bergen and Marie Schwan, CSJ.  This book integrates the life of Ignatius with principles of spirituality and offers an entry point for the reader through quotations, reflection questions, poetry, and prayer inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius.

This book study will be on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm.  Cost includes all materials.

Prices:

General Admission $25.00

Start Date: September 25, 2018
End Date: November 6, 2018

Available Spaces: 30

Sep. 26, 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.

September 26, 2018

Prayer Box

 with Tony Deal

Project information will be announced soon.

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: September 26, 2018

Available Spaces: 20

Sep. 27-Nov. 1, 2018: First Responder Mission, Response, Renewal

Are you a first responder? Do you ever feel fatigued or exhausted from going from one crisis to the next? Do you find difficulty concentrating at times when you’re at work? If so, you may be experiencing what is called Compassion Fatigue.

Dr. Charles Figley calls compassion fatigue a “disorder that affects those who do their work well” (1995), and it is a common experience among many helping professions. Join other dedicated nurses, police officers, physicians, social workers, fire fighters, and support workers in order to re-charge. Connect with others who share your experience!

Join us for a 6 week series in which you will:

  • Learn how to recognize the signs of compassion fatigue
  • Learn about your own fatigue
  • Learn how to respond to your fatigue
  • Improve your ability to serve others well

Learn ways to manage compassion fatigue so that you can reduce risk of clinical errors and, most importantly, be better able to serve your clients. This group will keep you doing what you do best…helping others.

Next Session: September 27-November 1, 2018
When: Thursdays at 7pm
Cost: $150 for 6 weeks
Location: San Pedro Spiritual Development Center

Prices:

General Admission $150.00

Start Date: September 27, 2018
End Date: November 1, 2018

Available Spaces: 15

Oct. 1-5, 2018: Priests' Retreats

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October 1-5, 2018

with Fr. Cecilio de la Cruz

EN ESPAÑOL

Nacido en España el 21 de noviembre de 1934, de una familia católica. El Señor en su bondad me hizo percibir desde temprana edad su llamada vocacional. Entre al Seminario Escolapio a los 14 años y cursado el bachillerato hice el noviciado y de continuación, tras el primer compromiso de entrega al Señor, realice los estudios de filosofía y teología. También hice el magisterio eclesiástico confirmándolo en validez civil.

Mi misión sacerdotal, desde 1959, se ha desarrollado fundamentalmente en la línea formativa del discernimiento y acompañamiento a jóvenes en las diversas etapas de su formación, tanto en nuestras casas de formación, como en el seminario diocesano de San Juan Puerto Rico.

En el año 1982, fui elegido provincial para la provincia de Aragón por seis años. Por tanto, tuve la oportunidad de iniciar una fundación misionera en Camerún, Africa en el año 1987.

Teniendo la oportunidad de haber dado numerosos ejercicios espirituales a religiosos (as), así como también a sacerdotes diocesanos de San Juan, Ponce y Mayagüez, en Puerto Rico. Esta misión espiritual me llevo a Brasil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia y Costa Rica.

Por otra parte, el mismo misterio de formador ha supuesto la asistencia a cursos de espiritualidad en (Carmelitano de Roma e igualmente a la Universidad Pontificia Salesiana, también en de Roma por un año). Exigencia permanente pero agradecida al Señor, para dar a los demás lo que previamente uno está recibiendo del Señor en abundancia.

Desde 1991 estoy en Puerto Rico a donde llegue al ofrecerme voluntariamente ante la escasez de sacerdotes.

Mi misión enfre los jóvenes y la gente, en general me lleva a personalizar encuentros, retiros, entre otros, por el Reino de Dios.

**Priests' Retreats are open to religious and diocesan priests serving within the Diocese of Orlando.**

Prices:

  • Commuter ($330.00)
  • Private Guest Room ($545.00)

Start Date: October 1, 2018
End Date: October 5, 2018

Available Spaces: 47

Oct. 3, 2018: Franciscan Celebrations-Transitus

For centuries Franciscans have celebrated the death of Saint Francis on this day.  The Ritual is called the Transitus.  It is a simple ceremony of prayer, story telling and thanksgiving.  The participants are invited to relive the final hours of the Seraphic Saint and to share in the hospitality of the Franciscan Fraternity.  All lovers and followers of Francis are invited to attend at 7 PM in Mary Mother of God Chapel followed by a reception in Building 300.

Price: Free Event

Date: October 3, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Oct. 7, 2018: Blessing of the Animals

Bring your pet to San Pedro Center on October 7th at 3pm for a special blessing in the Franciscan tradition!

Price: Free Event

Date: October 7, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Oct. 8-12, 2018: Priests' Retreats

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October 8-12, 2018

with Fr. Ray Chase

Rev. Ray Chase is an ordained Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. For 26 years, Father Ray was the director of Spiritual Development for residential programs for Child and Family Services of Catholic Charities of Baltimore. In that position he developed, implemented and supervised a number of specialized experiential programs designed to address the spiritual and moral deficits and damage of latency age children in residential care due to neglect/abuse and/or emotional or behavioral problems. In addition, he developed and implemented a comprehensive, multi-level experience-based spiritual development program appropriate for children and adults with a full range of developmental disabilities. Father Ray currently serves as Pastor to St. Vincent de Paul Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

Since 1966 Father Ray has served as Program Development Consultant for Illuminations, a national art based training and awareness program on child victimization. He is presently the Chaplain for Catholic Charities where he is responsible for developing and implementing programs to address workplace spirituality for the diverse staff and programs of Catholic Charities.

Fr. Ray Chase

**Priests' Retreats are open to religious and diocesan priests serving within the Diocese of Orlando.**

Prices:

  • Commuter ($330.00)
  • Private Guest Room ($545.00)

Start Date: October 8, 2018
End Date: October 12, 2018

Available Spaces: 48

Oct. 11, 2018: Senior Day

Speaker and topic to be announced.

Join us for Senior Day on October 11th!  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: October 11, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Oct. 15-19, 2018: Priests' Retreats

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October 15-19, 2018

with Fr. Patrick Hannon

One of ten brothers and sisters, Fr. Patrick Hannon grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was taught by the Carmelite nuns in grade school, Holy Cross brothers in high school and Holy Cross priests at the University of Portland where he graduated in 1982. He was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1989. Since then, Fr. Patrick Hannon has been a high school campus minister, teacher and principal. He has worked in an inner city parish and a house of hospitality ministering to the homeless. In 2008, he began working at the University of Portland, first teaching theology, and for the past three years teaching in the English department. Fr. Patrick Hannon has four collection of essays published, all focusing on Catholic spirituality. His most recent collection of essays, Sacrament: Personal Encounters with Memories, Wounds, Dreams, and Unruly Hearts (Ave Maria Press), was released three years ago. Fr. Patrick is an avid Oakland A’s and Golden State Warriors fan; he enjoys playing poker, the occasional microbrew beer, and writing. He also enjoys film, books, and spending time with my huge (50 nieces, nephews, grand nephews and nieces!) family and friends.

Fr. Patrick Hannon

**Priests' Retreats are open to religious and diocesan priests serving within the Diocese of Orlando.**

Prices:

  • Commuter ($330.00)
  • Private Guest Room ($545.00)

Start Date: October 15, 2018
End Date: October 19, 2018

Available Spaces: 42

Oct. 22-26, 2018: Priests' Retreats

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October 22-26, 2018

with Fr. Kevin MacDonald

Fr. Kevin MacDonald, C.Ss.R., is a Redemptorist priest from Woburn, Massachusetts, about ten miles north of Boston. He entered the Redemptorist missionary order after attending Boston College and playing seven years of professional baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and overseas in Holland and Australia. He is a member of the Boston College Hall of Fame.

Ordained in 1991, he has worked as a parish priest in Dominica, New York, Boston, St. Lucia, and the Virgin Islands. He is currently in residence at the Redemptorist Community of Sacred Heart in New Smyrna Beach, Fl., as he preaches parish missions full-time. He is greatly looking forward to the retreat Oct. 22-26.

Fr. Kevin MacDonald

**Priests' Retreats are open to religious and diocesan priests serving within the Diocese of Orlando.**

Prices:

  • Commuter ($330.00)
  • Private Guest Room ($545.00)

Start Date: October 22, 2018
End Date: October 26, 2018

Available Spaces: 56

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

Project information will be announced soon.

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: 57

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: 8

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: 35

Nov. 8, 2018: Senior Day

Speaker and topic to be announced.

Join us for Senior Day on November 8th!  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: Building 300

Prices:

General Admission $15.00

Date: November 8, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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

Project information will be announced soon.

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. 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

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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