LIVING THE BEATITUDES | May 1 - 3 , 2020
As Jesus went around the whole of Galilee, proclaiming the Good News of God’s presence and mercy and laying hands of healing, Jesus saw/sees us hurting. He asks what is needed for our healing and wholeness –the wholeness of the Body of Christ.  He goes up the hill, sits down and speaks to us the way WE are to bring The Good News and healing to one another.  He teaches us the Beatitudes. Mt: 4:18-5. Come explore how our “be-attitudes” give us the empowerment of our Baptism, to receive healing within ourselves in order to bring hope and healing in our world.

Sr. Roselyn Heil, FSPA,  is well-versed in the art of revealing unexpected beauty, joy, and insight in the world around us, drawing upon her Franciscan charism, her work as a chaplain, and her experience as a park ranger and naturalist to see the world from a different perspective and to share her vision with others. Don’t miss out on this celebration of joyous, beautiful life!

Terri is a retired social worker whose focus was the elderly and disabled adults. She is a trained spiritual director with an active practice. Terri lives in Wisconsin Rapids.

Cost $200 | Registration begins at 5 pm on Friday, followed by supper at 6:30.  The retreat concludes after Mass and the noon meal on Sunday.

To register, call 715-443-2236, e-mail, or click here.




PERSONALITY STYLES: Personality as Expression of Spirit | May 29 - 31, 2020
Why is it easy to communicate with some family members and even strangers, but not others? What personality traits and emotional characteristics make for good leadership? In what way is personality an expression of Spirit? How can I more often express my best Spiritual intentions / self during times of challenge? 


These questions lie at the heart of the Personality Styles workshop. Participants in this workshop will seek answers to these questions and more by investigating personality styles and types in the context of spiritual archetypes – psychological patterns of inner friends and foes that live within us and express themselves, for better or for worse, in our interactions with others. This workshop will help participants recognize, understand, and respond appropriately to their own and others’ personality traits or emotional characteristics. Through discussion; writing; guided meditations; and more, we will explore several facets of personality-as-spirit, including the following topics: our own patterns or archetypes; strategies for skillfully coping effectively with challenging people in work and home environments; and how to bridge the gap between your Spiritual intentions and the fulfillment of those intentions.


Elizabeth Lewis is a motivational speaker, personal development coach, grief support specialist, and spiritual counselor whose areas of expertise include resilience building, forgiveness facilitation, healing art and writing, and trauma healing. Recognizing that there is no “one-size-fits-all” path to wellness and a sense of wholeness, Elizabeth has pursued extensive training and certification in diverse approaches to resilience, healing, and growth. Elizabeth also draws on her personal resilience and experience in overcoming trauma to help her clients find their own best path to wellness. For more information on Elizabeth and her work, visit

Cost: $200|Registration begins at 5 pm on Friday, followed by supper at 6:30. There will be an optional 11:30 am Mass on Sunday, and the retreat will conclude after the noon meal on Sunday.

To register, call 715-443-2236, e-mail, or click here.

SERENITY RETREAT A Journey to the Center: Steps 1,2, and 3 | June 5 - 7, 2020

The theme of this retreat will be presented through the idea of home being a place within. A time of retreat is a home-coming. Coming home to oneself is a special gift; it’s that place or space where you experience that feeling of belonging. In this time of retreat, we will reflect on our relationship with a power greater than ourselves – the God of your understanding – and the feeling of belonging evoked by that relationship. The retreat will be presented within the principles of 12-step spirituality, using handouts as well as visual and audio tools. There will be talks based on the presenter’s lived experience and times for group and individual reflection and prayer. Going forward from this retreat, my hope for you is to feel rested and refreshed in your home within.

Presenter Candace Bahr is a recovering alcoholic / addict. The 12-step spiritual program is her blueprint for living! She is committed to sharing her experience, strength, and hope, so that it will help others to know that healing and transformation are possible. She is retired from a 25-year career in Mental Health, AODA, and Trauma-Based Treatment Services. She was trained and licensed with the state of Wisconsin. Candace is the founder of Inner Wind, LLC, which is a multicultural community-based wellness program that teahces mind/body self-care practices to individuals and groups through workshops, days of reflection, and retreats. Her education in mind/body work was with Fox Valley School of Massage, Capasitar International, and UW Madison. Candace has a certification in Spiritual Direction from the FSPA program in La Crosse, WI. She intends to be of service to others as a spiritual companion on an individual / group basis and within the retreat setting.

Cost: $200. Scholarships are available |Registration begins at 5 pm on Friday, followed by supper at 6:30. The retreat concludes after Mass and the noon meal on Sunday.


To register, call 715-443-2236, e-mail, or click here.


As we follow the grooves of our present lives, we often don’t tune in to our bodies and our minds. We may find ourselves wondering what happened – how did I lose the music of who I was? We may find ourselvs out of touch with our changing bodies as we move out of youth and ultimately into later life. In a culture that values appeareances and keeps us rushing, we may wonder how to be at home in our ordinary bodies.


This retreat will help participants accept the “what Is” of the aging process with kindness and compassion. Compassionate presence is about experiencing our lives as they are right now, letting go of our tendencies to try to fix who we are or to align ourselves with some ideal of who we should be. The silence of this weekend will help with this process, allowing us to settle into our present experience. We can attend to our whole selves in a way that isn’t often available in our busy lives.


Presenters: Susan Mickel, MD Ph.D., and Pamela Eyden, certified Iyengar Yoga instructor. Susan, drawing upon her education and experience in medicine, psychology, and meditation, will guide participants through the four bases of mindful meditation, helping participants settle the mind and cultivate kindness towards self and others. Pamela will guide participants through energetic and restorative stretching, strengthening, and relaxing to develop positive body awareness and to cultivate compassionate presence, joy, and a sense of play.


Cost: $200 |Registration begins at 5 pm on Friday, followed by supper at 6:00. The retreat concludes after the noon meal on Sunday.


To register, call 715-443-2236, e-mail, or click here.


VOLUNTEER WEEK | July 16 – 19, 2020
Come, discover the simplicity and alive-ness of prayer, work, rest, and meals grounded in joyful community! 

Arrival and departure dates and times are flexible, depending upon your availability. We’ll start greeting volunteers on the afternoon of Thursday, July 16th and will leave out the welcome mat until all volunteers have arrived. Group orientation will take place on the morning of Friday, July 17th after breakfast. 

The closing liturgy will take place on Sunday, July 19th at 11:30, followed by a farewell luncheon.

Overnight guests and commuters alike are welcome. Volunteer projects include deep cleaning, window washing, yardwork, office work, painting, and more.

Social activities, group exercise opportunities, and community prayer options will be available. All meals and overnight accommodations are provided; moreover, the hours that you work can be applied towards payment of registration fees for any upcoming retreats you may wish to attend at St. Anthony’s. Please plan to join us for as much of the week as you can – and bring a friend!


To register, call 715-443-2236, e-mail, or click here.




| August 21 – 23, 2020

For many years we took for granted that the “Beloved Disciple” who appears in the latter chapters of John’s Gospel is John, the Gospel writer himself. Most recent Scripture scholars have begun to question this assumption. They tell us that the “beloved Disciple” was, indeed, a real disciple who lived out his discipleship within the early Johannine community, but who is deliberately un-named, so that all disciples encountering these passages could find themselves within the words. This retreat will prayerfully linger over all these passages of John’s Gospel, in order to discover the richness they contain for a deeper following of Jesus in our own lives – in other words, to become Jesus’ “Beloved Disciple.”

Fr. Dan Crosby, OFM, Cap is a friar of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph. Fr. Dan was the Director of St. Anthony Spirituality Center for several years before the transition from Capuchin leadership to lay leadership at St. Anthony’s. He currently ministers at St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit, MI, but enjoys returning to Marathon to visit and to offer retreats at St. Anthony’s.



Please note that Fr. Dan Crosby’s Becoming the Beloved Disciple Retreat, which was originally scheduled for the weekend of April 17 – 19, has been rescheduled to the weekend of August 21 – 23. If you have already registered for Fr. Dan’s retreat and have not yet received an e-mail message or phone call inviting you to transfer your registration to the August weekend, please drop a line to Center Director, Dr. Lori Randall, to let her know whether or not you would like us to transfer your registration to the August weekend. You can reach Dr. Lori at

If you have not yet registered for the retreat, but would like to do so, please visit our website:, e-mail Dr. Lori, or call the office at 715-443-2236 on or after the 27th of April. 

Cost: $190 | Registration begins at 5 pm on Friday, followed by supper at 6:30.The retreat concludes after Mass and the noon meal on Sunday.

To register, call 715-443-2236, e-mail, or click here.

FRANCISCAN LIVING: The Spirituality of Beauty | September 25 - 27, 2020

Spirituality – identity in action – springs from the mystery of our being. To live well is to live out of an identity that “works.” From a Franciscan perspective, such an identity is grounded in beauty, for beauty lies at the heart of Franciscan spirituality. Such an identity is constantly growing in beautiful simplicity, moving like a stream that daily rids itself of toxins. This cleaning is a vital component of maintaining our identity – our spirituality – in a world filled with toxins such as hatred, prejudice, greed, and fear. Let us take time and space at this retreat to wonder and to discover together the beauty within ourselves, so we can shape a beautiful world. 


The retreat will be presented by Br. Jerome Schroeder, a Capuchin Franciscan for over 50 years. His years of ministry centered on the marginalized in the larger urban landscapes of the Midwest, the greater part of which was parish pastor and retreat ministry to the poor. He is a poet and ongoing student of the Franciscan approach to bringing life to the Gospel and the Gospel to life.

Cost: $200 | Registration begins at 5 pm on Friday, followed by supper at 6:30. The retreat concludes after Mass and the noon meal on Sunday. 

To register, call 715-443-2236, e-mail, or click here.



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