Mercy within mercy within mercy

Led by Brother Sam SSF

In today’s culture there's a lot of blaming and shaming around. The words of Thomas Merton direct us to the compassionate heart of God - the God who frees us from the burden of guilt and recrimination.
As we open ourselves to God’s mercy our lives can be shaped by compassion. Through us, this compassion offers forgiveness, healing, peace and hope to the world.
We reflect on what mercy and compassion might mean for us in this Lenten retreat.

This will be a silent retreat and include daily addresses, daily prayers, one Eucharist, and opportunity for 1:1 pastoral conversations with the leader.

Brother Sam SSF joined SSF at Hilfield Friary in 1974 after ordination and curacy in Liverpool. He has lived at a number of SSF houses (Glasshampton, Manchester, the Solomon Islands, Liverpool, Zimbabwe and Cambridge) but many of the past forty-five years have been spent at Hilfield Friary in rural West Dorset. He has served as Novice Guardian, Guardian and latterly as Minister Provincial, during which time the focus at Hilfield has been on seeking to put into practice an ‘integral ecology’. In 2017 he moved to the SSF house in Plaistow, East London, where hospitality is offered in a very multi-cultural city with huge challenges of homelessness, isolation and integration. As questions around  the meaning and purpose of being human are increasingly urgent, he believes that the Way of Francis and Clare offers a radical re-orientation of relationship for us and for the world.

This event is open to everyone.

Arrival: 3 - 5pm Mon 27th February 2023
Departure: 10am Fri 3rd March 2023

Residential - £530 (20% ministry discount)