Care of Creation as Faithfulness to the Gospel

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January 23, 2023 - January 27, 2023 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am | Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls

Monday, January 23rd – Friday, January 27th

Retreat at the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls

Join us in prayerful reflection on Gospel passages and stories as we ground ourselves in rediscovering Jesus as a “person of his native land.” Jesus lived a sensitivity to the plants, animals, soils and seasons and based much of his teaching on these respectful and loving observations of nature. In this retreat, we will ponder our observations of Earth’s beauty and current destruction in the light of Gospel stories, embracing anew a Jesus response as we do. There are two presentations Monday-Thursday with time and space for silence and personal reflection. The retreat closes at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, followed by a prayer service.

Presenter Marya Grathwohl, an Oldenburg Franciscan Sister since 1963, has lived for over 30 years in African American, Crow, and Northern Cheyenne communities. She initiated the revitalization of her community’s farm in Indiana, integrating natural farming methods with vegetable gardens, chickens, and cattle.

As founding director of Earth Hope, she’s been part of developing wind and solar energy, ground-source heating and cooling, a greenhouse and native prairie restoration in North Cheyenne country and developed cosmology programs for use in jails and prisons in several states. Marya offers a chance to enliven our connection with the whole Earth community and nourish our commitment to care for our common home.

For a detailed description of the retreat, go to To register by January 9, 2023, contact Christi Hartwell,

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