Exploring the Franciscan Way of Life

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Francis of Assisi desired to live the Gospels - he did not set out to create a movement. He chose a radical way of living by seeing God in all creation.

The Wheaton Franciscans are committed to sharing the Franciscan story and spirit with all. We are excited to welcome our fourth cohort to this special online program. As we journey through this program, we will explore how each of us is called to live a values-based life in our world today.

Exploring the Franciscan Way of Life Online is an 18-month program open to people of all, or no, faith tradition who want to learn more about Franciscan spirituality and how to integrate the Good News of God’s love into daily life. It is designed for individuals with no experience in Franciscan spirituality, as well as those with more knowledge seeking to bond with others to deepen one another’s experience. The on-line program is formatted to take place in monthly sessions of approximately two hours each, plus two Saturday mornings providing an opportunity for deeper reflection. Community building is an important component of the program. Participation in the scheduled sessions contributes to building a safe and caring community.

Each session provides readings to prepare for the session which includes prayer, input, reflection, and discussion. Contemplative sharing time has been built into the schedule in acknowledgement of the potential limitations of online programs.

This program starts September 1st, 2021 and continues monthly, over two years.

Online Registration for the series is requested by August 16, 2021

Free will donation - Registration is limited

Sessions are held the first Wednesday of the month 7:00-9:00 p.m. Central Time, except as noted. Reading assignments and pre-work are sent two weeks prior to each session. Participants should be comfortable with technology, including zoom and electronic communication (email)

All sessions will be held via Zoom. The link will be sent to registered participant prior to each session.

Session dates include:

  • September 1, 2021 (7-9pm)
  • October 6, 2021 (7-9pm)
  • November 3, 2021 (7-9pm)
  • December 1, 2021(7-9pm)
  • January 5, 2022 (7-9pm)
  • February 2, 2022 (7-9pm)
  • March 2, 2022 (7-9pm)
  • April 6, 2022 (7-9pm)
  • Saturday May 7, 2022 (9am-1pm)
  • Optional Book Study, Summer 2022
  • September 7, 2022 (7-9pm)
  • October 5, 2022 (7-9pm)
  • November 2, 2022 (7-9pm)
  • December 7, 2022 (7-9pm)
  • January 4, 2023 (7-9pm)
  • February 1, 2023 (7-9pm)
  • March 1, 2023 (7-9pm)
  • April 5, 2023 (7-9pm)
  • Saturday May 6, 2023 (9am-1pm)
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Organizer Tau Center

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Established in 2005 by the Wheaton Franciscans, who live intentionally as a presence of blessing in our world, the Tau Center is committed to the transformation of our world by providing diverse opportunities that support personal growth and spiritual development. We offer a sacred space to assist individuals on their own spiritual journey – whether it is to reconnect with their inner-spirit or whether they are seeking a deeper relationship with God and the world around them. Our programs encourage an awakening of the spirit that leads to hope, healing, peace and transformation.

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