Reclaiming the Innocence of Bethlehem: A journey through prayer and reflection to rediscover the simplicity of our faith
Our Friends Day of Prayer retreats are held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Everyone is welcome to attend and you can drop into any month. It’s not required to attend every month. Fr. Pat will give a morning presentation, celebrate Mass, and then a delicious lunch will be served in our dining room. There will be a short period of free time and an opportunity to shop in our bookstore and then he will give an afternoon presentation. Join us during Advent for this special day retreat.
Fr. Patrick Bergquist, M.Div. spent nearly 20 years as a missionary along the Yukon Rover in Northern Alaska and he turned to explore a wilderness far less chartered – that of the human spirit and soul. A diocesan priest of Fairbanks, he holds a Master of Divinity degree from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore and two Certificates in Spiritual Direction, from the Heychia School in Tucson, Arizona, and the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University in Chicago where he specialized in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Additionally, he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Literary Arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He’s a poet, a spiritual memoirist, and the author of The Long Dark Winter’s Night: Reflections of a Priest in a Time of Pain and Privilege, as well as various articles in publications such as Spiritual Life and American Magazine.