During this retreat we will explore the untold story of how the most popular saint in Christian history—St. Francis of Assisi—and the spiritual tradition that bears his name inspired the life, thought, and writing of Thomas Merton, who was the most popular spiritual writer of the 20th Century. Additionally, we will consider how these insights can inspire Christians today. Many people do not have an appreciation for how much the Franciscan spiritual and theological tradition influenced Merton before and after his entrance in to the Trappist Monastery, but after this retreat you’ll be able to see both Francis and Merton in a new light.
This weekend retreat will feature presentation, group discussion and time for personal reflection. Check-in begins at 3pm on Friday. Dinner will be served at 6pm and the opening session for the retreat will begin after dinner at 7pm.
Daniel P. Horan, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (NY), assistant professor of systematic theology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and the author of several books including the award-winning The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Influence on his Life, Thought, and Writing (2014). His latest book is titled, God Is Not Fair and other Reasons for Gratitude (2016). He is the author of more than 120 popular and scholarly articles; is a frequent lecturer and retreat director around the United States, Canada, and Europe; and has previously taught at Siena College, St. Bonaventure University, and in the School of Theology and Ministry of Boston College. Fr. Dan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Thomas Merton Society, the Board of Regents of the Franciscan School of Theology (CA), and previously served as the Catholic Chaplain at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. and as a columnist for America magazine. He received his PhD in theology from Boston College, MDiv and MA from the Washington Theological Union (DC), and a BA (Honors) from St. Bonaventure University. In addition to several other recognitions, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Felician University (New Jersey) in 2015. For more information, visit www.DanHoran.com