St. Francis of Assisi: The Embodiment of Peace, Love, and Joy

On the first day of our retreat, we will reflect on the ways St. Francis and St. Clare embraced poverty, peace, prayer, respect for all people and care of all creation. You will receive a booklet of photographic images of sacred places in Assisi and surrounding areas that were of great importance to St Francis, St. Clare, and their followers. These sacred places still draw a multitude of pilgrims from around the world, government,  religious leaders and others who seek to walk in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare.

We will begin on the second day of our retreat by reflecting on the “Canticle of the Creatures” a poem of praise written by St. Francis. Afterwards, we will venture outdoors to meditate, walk in the beautiful natural surroundings and soak in the magnificence of God’s creation. We will gather rocks, feathers, leaves, and other objects for creating a communal nature mandala. We will end our retreat with a video of Friar Alessandro singing the Peace Prayer in the magnificent Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. 


Joanne Jacovec
Joanne is a Third Order Secular Franciscan (OFS). She has served as Minister and Formation Director for the Secular Franciscan Fraternities in Winston-Salem and Raleigh. Joanne volunteers at Catholic Parish Outreach, Oak City Cares, and offers retreats for OFS fraternities, parishes and other groups.

Dorothy Pennell
Dorothy is a trained spiritual director/companion who honors all faith traditions and enjoys helping others to become aware of the presence of the Holy in their lives. She is especially interested in working with those who are seeking to grow spiritually and those who have been hurt by the church.

Jane Motsinger
Jane is a calming presence who practices the art of Holy Listening. She is a Spiritual Director at Well of Mercy and has led many spiritual retreats.  She is a graduate of Hesychia School for Spiritual Direction.

Cancellation Policy

Well of Mercy is a ministry of hospitality and healing sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

Retreat Dates:
November 2@ 2PM-November 4@ 1:30PM

Cost: $280