VOLUNTEER WEEK | July 24 - 28, 2020

Come, discover the simplicity and alive-ness of prayer, work, rest, and meals grounded in joyful community! 

We will hold Volunteer Week in July, as usual, but the number of participants will be limited to fifteen overnight guests. Most of these guests will be assigned to a suite; those who are not assigned to a suite will be assigned to a specific restroom and shower room near his or her room. No one else will share this restroom and shower room with the assigned guest. By assigning restrooms and shower rooms in this way, we can facilitate proper distancing for all of our guests, while still enjoying each other’s company (from a distance!) and digging into lots of great volunteer projects.

Volunteers will be able to choose from a variety of projects – from dusting to vacuuming to picking up brush in the woods and lots of tasks in between – that will help us get the house whipped back into shape for the fall retreat season! Volunteers will be able to take meals and worship together, as long as proper social distancing is observed. Seating in both the refectory and the chapel will be arranged in a way that makes it easier for all to observe proper social distancing.

Volunteer Week will start on the afternoon of Friday, 24 July and wrap up after lunch on Tuesday, 28 July. Please note that these dates are a bit later in the month than originally planned. The new dates make it easier for us to ensure that everyone staying with us before, during, and after Volunteer Week can enjoy proper safety and comfort. If you’d like to join us for Volunteer Week, please contact Cecilia Gruetzmacher at ceciliag@sarcenter.com or 715-443-2236 ext 139.

Guests will be asked to wear a mask or cloth face covering in common areas except at mealtimes. We strongly encourage each guest to bring his/her own face covering; however, a limited number of masks will be available for those who do not have their own.   

Anyone interested in attending Volunteer Week should contact Cecilia Gruetzmacher at ceciliag@sarcenter.com

 

 

 

EMBRACING THE NOW IN THE MIDST OF A PANDEMIC | July 31 - August 2, 2020

EMBRACING THE NOW IN THE MIDST OF A PANDEMIC

                                     

Uncertainty.  On-going uncertainty may be the biggest psychological challenge we face collectively and as individuals as we continue to live with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uncertainty stemming from a threat to our own health and the health of our loved ones. Uncertainty due to the impact the pandemic has had on our personal finances and the economy at large. Uncertainty regarding the short-term and long-term impact on daily life. All of this uncertainty has lead many of us to feelings of stress and grief overwhelm, thereby testing our ability to cope and embrace life as it is in the present moment.

The focus of this workshop is to integrate and heal your internal COVID-19 experience as a way to help foster a sense of inner security and peace in the midst of the on-going challenges of COVID-19. Together we will explore activities that honor grief and loss, identify symptoms of stress depletion, and learn resilience-building strategies and tools that provide a sense of strength for dealing with whatever the future holds.
 
Update: This Workshop will be facilitated virtually via Zoom video conferencing. Handouts and materials will be provided.
Schedule | Friday, July 31 from 6- 8 p.m.; and Saturday, August 1 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Space is limited to 15 participants! Register early! | Cost $50

To register for this retreat, call 715-443-2236, e-mail info@sarcenter.com,

BECOMING THE BELOVED DISCIPLE OF JOHN’S GOSPEL | August 21 - 23, 2020

 

BECOMING THE BELOVED DISCIPLE OF JOHN’S GOSPEL

| 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.

 

 

Guests will be asked to wear a mask or cloth face covering in common areas except at mealtimes. We strongly encourage each guest to bring his/her own face covering; however, a limited number of masks will be available for those who do not have their own.

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.

Note  Fr. Dan’s retreat is FULL and registration is now closed.
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.

Guests will be asked to wear a mask or cloth face covering in common areas except at mealtimes. We strongly encourage each guest to bring his/her own face covering; however, a limited number of masks will be available for those who do not have their own.

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 info@sarcenter.com, or click here.

SERENITY RETREAT: The Journey and the Dream | October 2 - 4, 2020

  The 12 Steps will take us on a journey that leads to our dream of living a life in recovery. This retreat will help participants make that journey. Our weekend together coincides with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4. St. Francis, much like persons in recovery, experienced an emotional wringer. Although he was not an alcoholic, he expressed what he could see, feel, and wish to become as he came out on the other side of that wringer. His journey and his dream are known as “Perfect Joy.” Our Program talks about something similar to Francis’ “Perfect Joy” on page 164 of the “Our Vision For You” story in the Big Book of AA. We share what it was like before recovery and what it is like now. We see, feel, and wish to become “happy, joyous, and free” through our transformation with the 12 Steps. This retreat will use group talks, a healing service, guided and movement meditations, music, chair chi / yoga, stretching, nature time, and 12 Step meetings to help all participants journey towards the dream of joy.

At the request of the presenter, this retreat will be open to both AA and Al Anon members. St. Anthony’s January Serenity Retreat will be open only to recovering alcoholics.

Lori Kieffer, OFS, is a dedicated volunteer and Secular Franciscan who has helped to facilitate 12-Step Serenity Retreats at St. Anthony’s for several years. She has been a member of Al-Anon, Adult Children of Alcoholics, AA, and Overeaters Anonymous. She worked in Alcohol and Drug Recovery in Marshfield for eight years as an RN, until the unit closed in June of 2013. Lori is still active in working with patients and families who struggle with alcohol and addictions, while also working as a cardiac nurse.

Kathy Rundle, a certified 2000RYT yoga instructor registered with the Yoga Alliance, teaches a variety of yoga and fitness classes at the Marshfield Clinic Health System YMCA, including chair and gentle yoga, chair chi, and chair exercise. She also assists clients with personal training.

Space is limited to 20 participants! Register early! | Cost $200
Check in begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, followed by supper at 6:30. The retreat concludes after the noon meal on Sunday.

Don’t forget that volunteer opportunities and scholarships are available to help cover the cost of this retreat. Please contact St. Anthony’s for details.

Guests will be asked to wear a mask or cloth face covering in common areas except at mealtimes. We strongly encourage each guest to bring his/her own face covering; however, a limited number of masks will be available for those who do not have their own.

 

A TIME TO HEAL: A Retreat for Those Left Behind by Suicide | October 16 - 18, 2020

When a spouse or significant other, child, relative, friend, work colleague, or even an acquaintance dies by suicide, a trail of unanswered questions and pain remains. This uncertainty and sorrow make it difficult, if not seemingly impossible, for those left behind to grieve and to find healing. The grieving process will be addressed at this retreat through an exploration of the spiritual, theological, and psychological dimensions surrounding death by suicide. Participants in this retreat will have opportunities to engage in quiet reflection as well as to make connections with others who have lost a loved one to suicide. Prayer services, including a service of remembrance and healing for those who have been lost to use, will also be part of the weekend.

Catherine Kuschel, M. Div, MAC, LPCC, LADC, is a licensed mental health therapist and drug and alcohol counselor in the State of Minnesota, where she works at a residential treatment facility for women suffering from the co-occuring conditions of drug addiction and mental illness. She has experience working with persons o both sides of the suicide issue: those who have attempted and survived, and those who have been left behind by someone who died by suicide. Catherine is also an ordained minister in the Episcopal Church, serving a small congregation in New Richmond, WI, and is a trained spiritual director.

Space is limited to 10 participants! Register early! | Cost $200

Check in begins at 5 pm on Friday, followed by supper at 6:30. An opportunity to attend Catholic Mass will be provided on Saturday evening, and an ecumenical worship service will be conducted on Sunday morning. The retreat concludes after the noon meal on Sunday.

Guests will be asked to wear a mask or cloth face covering in common areas except at mealtimes. We strongly encourage each guest to bring his/her own face covering; however, a limited number of masks will be available for those who do not have their own.

To register, call 715-443-2236, e-mail info@sarcenter.com, or click here.

SILENT THEME RETREAT: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff in Our Lives | November 13 - 15, 2020

Separating the Wheat from the Chaff in Our Lives: Upheaval, Deep Listening, New Paths – theme retreat presented by Lee Ann Niebuhr, Rita Simon, Elizabeth Schusssler, and Deacon Mike Harvey


We have all been moving through dramatic and incredbily challenging times this year. Perhaps this upheaval in our “normal” lives has called you to reevaluate what is really important in your life and what, at the core, really matters. Let us explore how the gift of dark times, when we are drawn to go deeply into silence with deep listening, allows the Spirit to lead us to new life and transformation.

This retreat will be offered in November (13th – 15th), January (29th – 31st, 2021), and March (26th – 28th, 2021, Palm Sunday). The March retreat is for women only.

At all three sessions, check in begins at 5 pm on Friday evening, followed by supper at 6:30. The retreat concludes after the noon meal on Sunday.

All sessions are limited to 21 participants! Register early! | Cost $200

Guests will be asked to wear a mask or cloth face covering in common areas except at mealtimes. We strongly encourage each guest to bring his/her own face covering; however, a limited number of masks will be available for those who do not have their own.

To register, call 715-443-2236, e-mail info@sarcenter.com, or click here.

WOMEN'S RETREAT: Happy - Not Stressed - Holidays | November 20 - 21, 2020

‘Tis the season of joy – and stress!                                     

The holiday season can be a whirlwind of shopping, gift-giving, family gatherings, and parties and activities, beginning right after Halloween and lasting through the end of the year. While this season is meant to – and can – bring feelings of spiritual renewal, love, and cheer, it can also herald a season of stress, sadness, and a sense of being unable to cope. Indeed, the American Institute of Stress indicates that 80% of us feel overwhelmed, depleted, and “blue” during the holiday season. 

Through the exploration of tools for spiritual and physical renewal that are both easy to learn and easy to use, this retreat will prepare you to let go of stress so that you can more fully experience the love, joy, and renewal of the holidays. We’ll focus on intentionally relaxing, slowing down, and quieting the body and mind! And we’ll learn techniques for navigating holiday activities and family gatherings with spiritual light, grace, and inner ease. Retreat activities will include a guided meditation on eating an entire meal (including dessert!) mindfully to help you learn to skillfully avoid holiday overindulgence. We will also have an opportunity to make blessing beads that will remind each of us of the light we want to embody and shine forth during the holiday season and throughout the year! 

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 www.elizabeth-lewis-coach.com

Space is limited to 20 participants! Register early! 

Cost $105 | Check in begins at 5 pm on Friday, followed by supper at 6:00. The retreat concludes at 4:30 on Saturday afternoon. 

Guests will be asked to wear a mask or cloth face covering in common areas except at mealtimes. We strongly encourage each guest to bring his/her own face covering; however, a limited number of masks will be available for those who do not have their own.

To register, call 715-443-2236, e-mail info@sarcenter.com, or click here.

 

ADVENT DAY OF PRAYER | December 6, 2020
WORKSHOP ON JIM WALLIS' BOOK "Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus" | December 11 - 12, 2020
NEW YEAR'S EVE AND DAY RETREAT | December 31, 2020 - January 1, 2021
SERENITY RETREAT | January 1 - 3, 2021
SILENT THEME RETREAT: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff in Our Lives | January 29 - 31, 2021

Separating the Wheat from the Chaff in Our Lives: Upheaval, Deep Listening, New Paths – theme retreat presented by Lee Ann Niebuhr, Rita Simon, Elizabeth Schusssler, and Deacon Mike Harvey


We have all been moving through dramatic and incredbily challenging times this year. Perhaps this upheaval in our “normal” lives has called you to reevaluate what is really important in your life and what, at the core, really matters. Let us explore how the gift of dark times, when we are drawn to go deeply into silence with deep listening, allows the Spirit to lead us to new life and transformation.

This retreat will be offered in November (13th – 15th), January (29th – 31st, 2021), and March (26th – 28th, 2021, Palm Sunday). The March retreat is for women only.

At all three sessions, check in begins at 5 pm on Friday evening, followed by supper at 6:30. The retreat concludes after the noon meal on Sunday.

All sessions are limited to 21 participants! Register early! | Cost $200

Guests will be asked to wear a mask or cloth face covering in common areas except at mealtimes. We strongly encourage each guest to bring his/her own face covering; however, a limited number of masks will be available for those who do not have their own.

To register, call 715-443-2236, e-mail info@sarcenter.com, or click here.

EVENING FOR LOVERS | February 14, 2021
THE LANGUAGE OF THE EMOTIONS | February 19 - 20, 2021
A TIME TO HEAL | March 12 - 14, 2021
SILENT THEME RETREAT: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff in Our Lives | March 26 - 28 (Palm Sunday) 2021 (Women Only)

Separating the Wheat from the Chaff in Our Lives: Upheaval, Deep Listening, New Paths – theme retreat presented by Lee Ann Niebuhr, Rita Simon, Elizabeth Schusssler, and Deacon Mike Harvey


We have all been moving through dramatic and incredbily challenging times this year. Perhaps this upheaval in our “normal” lives has called you to reevaluate what is really important in your life and what, at the core, really matters. Let us explore how the gift of dark times, when we are drawn to go deeply into silence with deep listening, allows the Spirit to lead us to new life and transformation.

This retreat will be offered in November (13th – 15th), January (29th – 31st, 2021), and March (26th – 28th, 2021, Palm Sunday). The March retreat is for women only.

At all three sessions, check in begins at 5 pm on Friday evening, followed by supper at 6:30. The retreat concludes after the noon meal on Sunday.

All sessions are limited to 21 participants! Register early! | Cost $200

Guests will be asked to wear a mask or cloth face covering in common areas except at mealtimes. We strongly encourage each guest to bring his/her own face covering; however, a limited number of masks will be available for those who do not have their own.

To register, call 715-443-2236, e-mail info@sarcenter.com, or click here.

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