It is with a sense of profound gratitude to all of you who have chosen to spent time with us here at the FCJ Centre engaging in our many offerings, that we welcome you to the 2015 autumn edition of our Program Guide. We also continue to welcome those who avail themselves of our conference facilities.
As you are well aware, the FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre is indeed an “oasis in the heart of the city”. It is often difficult to journey out of the city to embrace opportunities for spiritual growth, times of quiet, times for musing with others about new theological perspectives and accessing a spiritual guide.
Today the FCJ Christian Life Centre, an ecumenical retreat and conference Centre, offers hospitality to non-profit groups and individuals looking to 'discover their centre'. Within a warm, welcoming and peaceful atmosphere, the Centre hosts more than retreats, offering workshops on spirituality and personal development, outreach, spiritual direction, lay ministry training programs, quiet days or alternate conference space for groups who fall within the mandate of the FCJ Centre. All of this in the heart of the City surrounded by beautiful grounds, where there is easy access to the Centre and free parking included.
With our programming you will see that our aim is to provide you with updated and current happenings in the realm of theology, church teachings, spirituality, prayer etc. Take for example in the light of Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology, where he has given a vision of care and protection that embraces the human person and the human environment in all possible dimensions, we are offering "a session this autumn entitled “Falling in Love with the Earth: From Creation-Care to Compassion for Creation” with Stephen Scharper.
Also, A hallmark of the papacy of Pope Francis has been a keen focus on the many challenges that families face today globally, so in the light of this and drawing from the confirmed visit of the pope to the United States in September, where he will attend the “World Meeting of Families” gathering, we will offer a session highlighting the pastoral stance of Pope Francis in embracing the spirit of God’s love and mercy. This will set the tone for considering the 2014 Synod of Bishops and the 2015 Pontifical Council for the Family’s “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.” As Pope Francis challenges the Church to acknowledge difficult pastoral situations and respond with love and mercy, these reflections will guide us in creating a place for lesbian and gay Catholics in today’s Church. The session is entitled “Joy of the Gospel for Lesbian and Gay Catholics in the Time of Pope Francis” with Arthur Fitzmaurice, Ph.D.
Prayerful reflection is an essential underpinning of all of our sessions and a deeply rooted respect for the dignity of all in the cosmos, in relation to our evolving universe.
Our conference facilities are also available for groups wishing to experience our warm, welcoming environment and friendly, caring staff along with superb home cooking. The atmosphere is one of quiet reflectiveness that has been practiced here through the years and continues to form the essence of the Centre. The accommodations at the Centre are wide and varied ranging from comfortable rooms where small groups can gather, to sizable meeting areas for larger numbers.
Please take a few moments to browse through our website and see who we are and what we have to offer.
Denise DeNeve, Director
Our Mission Statement
We are a Centre of hospitality and hope where God can be experienced in a changing world.
The FCJ Christian Life Centre is a corporate ministry of the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus.