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St. Francis: Journey of a Resilient Warrior

February 9 @ 6:00 pm - February 11 @ 6:00 pm


Fr. Conrad Targonski, Greg Masiello and Rev. Dr. Bill Reese

A Franciscan Retreat for Veterans and Service Members

This retreat is designed to offer active-duty service members and veterans healing insights from one of the most beloved but misunderstood saints, St. Francis of Assisi.

Most people don’t know that St. Francis was a soldier and a prisoner of war who faced hardships and challenges before undergoing a profound religious experience. In untangling the paradox of his life, this retreat will explore how the call of the warrior intersects with the call of spirituality.

The group will examine, from various perspectives, the challenges confronting veterans in light of the life of a saint who rose out of the ashes of combat to become an icon of peace. With this in mind, we will look at the life of St. Francis as portrayed in the book The Journey and the Dream by Fr. Murray Bodo, OFM, PhD.

FEE: This retreat is provided at no cost to veterans and service members due to generous donations from various community organizations and private individuals. There are no commuter options for this retreat. To register or if you have questions, please contact Linda MacLeish at macleishlinda@gmail.com. Please be sure to indicate in your registration email your special needs, such as if you have a service dog, C-PAP equipment, need an ADA-accessible room, or have other physical limitations.

(Note: the underlying cost of the retreat is $300 per person. If you would like to donate to support a veteran’s attendance in the future, please contact Victor Jaimes, Co-Manager of Faith in Action Ministry, at vjaimes@thecasa.org).

Sign Up By Thursday, Feb 8, 2024 at 4:00pm


February 9 @ 6:00 pm
February 11 @ 6:00 pm
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Franciscan Renewal Center
(480) 948-7460
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Franciscan Renewal Center
5802 E Lincoln Dr
Scottsdale, AZ United States
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(480) 948-7460
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