New Year’s Eve retreat slated at The Canticle


w has been added to the retreat schedule at The Canticle, home of the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton: a New Year’s Eve Retreat.

According to Sister Mary Smith, OSF, retreat minister at The Canticle, the overnight program will be “a prayerful pause at year’s end/beginning and a time to contemplate life’s blessings, looking lovingly at the real and praying, ‘For all that has been, thanks! and for all that will be, yes!’”

Check in time for the retreat will be Thursday, Dec. 31, at 4 p.m. with dinner at 5 p.m. 

The retreat will include presentations as well as sharing silence and story and music.


“We will conclude at 10 p.m. with refreshments and early welcoming of the New Year,” Sr. Smith noted. The retreat will close with a prayer service on New Year’s morning.

“What if life isn’t about what you chase, but about resting in God’s grace?” asked Sr. Smith in her letter to participants. “What if life isn’t about pushing yourself to the limit, but embracing every minute? Our evening will include brief presentations on the gift of stillness that creates love, and on the movement that creates life.  On the brink of a new year rich in possibilities, we will experience the power of pause — for the ‘rest’ of our life.”

To register, call Sr. Smith at The Canticle: (563) 242-7903, ext. 1369. Cost is $20.  “Scholarships are available,” stated Sr. Smith, “but call soon: there is limited space!”

For more information and driving directions to The Canticle, see  or call (563) 242-7611.

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