The Church of St. Francis of Assisi is offering a

February 17-19, 2023 (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon)

“To Live According to the Form of the Holy Gospel: Franciscan Spirituality for Our Times”

Please join us the weekend of February 17-19, 2023 as we gather for retreat in Wappingers Falls, NY. In these days of retreat, we will draw from the early sources of the life of St. Francis of Assisi, from his own writings and from early biographies. We will look at stories and events from his life: his origins; his calling to follow the Lord; who he met along the way and what he saw, and how these events of his life led him to “live according to the form of the Holy Gospel” in his own times. As for Francis, also for us! We will have short presentations and time for small group and larger group discussion. We will also have prayer services and mass.


The retreat is for parishioners of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and their friends.  There is a limited number of spots available for the retreat.


This retreat is a chance for parishioners to escape the city for a couple of days to connect with one another and reconnect with God.  There will be time to pray, hear talks, discuss the faith, and enjoy quiet time on the beautiful property of the Mt. Alvernia Franciscan Retreat Center in Wappingers Falls, NY.

Join committed members of our St. Francis of Assisi Community for a weekend away at the beautiful Mt. Alvernia Franciscan Retreat Center in Wappingers Falls, NY.  This is a great opportunity to refresh your spirit with a weekend of prayer, reflections, and sharing of our faith.  It is also a great way to get to know others in your church community better.

The weekend is structured around the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours:  Night prayer on Friday, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer on Saturday, and Morning Prayer and Mass on Sunday.  Between the times of prayer are about 5 reflections on different aspects of our faith and we leave free time for individual reflection and prayer as well as time on Saturday evening for a social.


The Mt. Alvernia Franciscan Retreat Center is located in Wappingers Falls, NY. about a two-hour train ride from Grand Central Station.  Travel details will be given to all registrants.

We will make arrangements for transportation to and from the train station and the retreat center for anyone arriving between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM on Friday.  If you must take a later train you will need to take your own uber to the center. We will return everyone to the station on Sunday


Friday, February 17th (check in from 5 to 7 PM)
to Sunday, February 19th after lunch.


Because sometimes it’s good to get away and pray.  Jesus went up to the mountains to pray often… and so shall we.


Upon completion of your registration, you will be sent more information regarding travel to and from the retreat center and items to bring.


The retreat costs $300 .00 per person for room and board with single occupancy, and a private bathroom.   This includes all meals Friday night to Sunday and snacks and a social on Saturday night.

Travel expenses are not included.  Arrangements will be made to assist retreat attendees to travel from the train station to the retreat center.  Information on this will be included in an information email after registration.


St. Francis of Assisi is able to provide a limited number of partial scholarships to assist St. Francis of Assisi parishioners who need help covering the cost of the retreat.  For information about financial aid to attend this retreat please email Joe Nuzzi at

Attendance Minimums and Maximums:

We need to have at least 20 registrants by February 3rd to hold the retreat.
If less than 20 people register before February 3rd the retreat will have to be canceled and we will refund registration fees.
Space is limited to 40 people maximum.



For more information contact Joseph Nuzzi at -736-8500 x365 or