Genuine spirituality is not an individual pursuit but must be anchored in one’s local community. This means a constant struggle between freedom and obedience, listening and asserting oneself, possessing and letting go, clinging to stability and embracing change.
Spiritual formation is part of life, not only for monastics but also for married couples, parents, children, and members of faith communities. But formation is difficult and demands that we be accountable to others.
Led by Kathleen Norris, who believes that one reason many people resist joining groups is that they fear losing their individual freedom. Such freedom is illusory, however, and leaves us susceptible to narcissism and materialism. Kathleen will be bringing stories of her own formation, as well as those of monastic people, and invite participants to bring their own stories to share. Award-winning poet and writer, Kathleen Norris is the author of The New York Times bestsellers The Cloister Walk, Amazing Grace and Acedia and Me.
- Arrivals and Registration 2-4 pm, Friday, September 18, 2020
- Ends: 1:30 pm Sunday, September 20, 2020
- Fee: $350; deposit $50
- Registration deadline: September 11, 2020
All retreats and quiet days at St. John’s Convent take place in the milieu of a contemporary monastic community which has a daily rhythm of prayer. All guests are invited to take part in the daily Eucharist, and those staying overnight may like to join us in the Divine Office (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline).
St John’s Convent Guest House
233 Cummer Avenue
Phone 416-226-2201 ext 305