In The Spirit of St. Francis
The Spirit of St. Francis is a deep embrace of life. Among the joys and sorrows there is a continuous conversion and transformation.
The Spirit of Saint Francis is an encounter with God in creation, community and contemplation.
The Spirit of St. Francis is an encounter with Christ – the Incarnate, Crucified and Resurrected One.
The Spirit of St. Francis is an encounter with the Holy Spirit at work in our life.
We invite you to be caught up In the Spirit of St. Francis.
Blessing of the Animals:
October 3, 2021, Sunday, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm.
October 2, 2022, Sunday, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm.
Blessing Ritual at 3:00 pm.
You are invited to bring your pet to receive a blessing from one of the Friars at a special ritual held outdoors. St. Francis gave special consideration to all of God’s creatures, calling them brothers and sisters. Come and visit the grounds and retreat centre that afternoon. The Blessing ritual will take place at 3:00 pm.
Greccio Christmas Pageant:
Greccio: A St. Francis Christmas Pageant
Following the current government guidelines we will offer this year’s event online, working at keeping everyone safe and healthy.
St. Francis of Assisi started the popular tradition of re-enacting the Christmas story in Greccio, Italy. He wanted to arouse in the participants a deeper, hope-filled and Christ-centered faith. Having a Christmas crèche at home comes from this time. Mount St. Francis has held the Greccio Christmas pageant since 2006.
Check our website beginning December 12.
Please consider making a donation to a local food bank.
Living Together: International Day of Human Fraternity
Tuesday, February 1
In 2020 the UN Declared February 4 as the International Day of Human Fraternity. Human Fraternity was an essential part of the life of St. Francis and a legacy he has left for his followers and those who love him.
In conjunction with World Interfaith Harmony Week (Calgary) and in recognition of International Day of Human Fraternity , please watch for further details
Charity of the Cross:
April 13, 2022, Wednesday,
9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
This Holy Week retreat is offered as a Day Away (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) or an Evening Twilight (5:30 pm-9:00 pm). The writings of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi around the Passion of Jesus Christ will be the source of the reflec-tions. The costs for each is $30.00 and includes a meal. There are two out-door Stations of the Cross which you may wish to visit so please dress for the weather.
Brother Sun – Sister Moon:
July 16, 2022, Saturday
9:00 am – 9:00 pm.
A full-day outdoor retreat beginning at 9:00 am. This retreat includes a walking-pilgrimage, an outdoor Mass, eco-friendly reflections, and evening bonfire. The cost is $60.00, including a packed picnic lunch and BBQ dinner (Vegan). Please dress and prepare for the weather and terrain. Bring your own water bottle and small day pack to hold the lunch.
Laudato Si’ – World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation
September 1, 2021, Wednesday,
9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Pope Francis declared September 1, as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. According to Pope Francis, “The annual World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation.”
This outdoor morning retreat includes stations of prayer, eco-friendly reflections, Mass and an earth inspired (Vegan) hardy lunch. Please dress and prepare for the weather (this is an outdoor event). Bring your own water bottle and small day pack to carry items. Cost: $20