The Theopoetics of Lent
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 retreat. Everyone will gather for coffee and pastries for the first half hour. Fr. Patrick Bergquist will give a morning presentation, and then celebrate Mass in the Chapel before lunch. A delicious lunch will be served and then Fr. Pat will give an afternoon presentation. Free time will be offered to walk the labyrinth, spend quiet time in prayer or shop in the bookstore.
Fr. Patrick Bergquist, M.Div, spent nearly 20 years as a missionary along the Yukon River in Nothern Alaska and he turned to explore a wilderness far less chartered, that of the human spirit and soul. A diocesan priest of Fairbanks, he hold a Master of Divinity degree from Sr. 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.