Retreat Programme


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    "Who are you, O God, and who am I?"

    Kairos Centre

    Fr Paul Rout OFM

    This retreat will encourage the participants to grow in their understanding of themselves through growing in their understanding and experience of God in whose image we are all created.  The retreat will lead us along this journey using as its inspiration the profound spiritual experiences of two great saints, Francis of Assisi and his spiritual companion, Clare of Assisi.  Drawing on the renowned spiritual work of one of Francis' early followers, St  Bonaventure, we will reflect on what  Bonaventure terms the Three Books of Revelation, the Book of the Scriptures, the Book of the World and the Book of the Self.  Relating our reflections to insights of contemporary spirituality, we may begin to discern more clearly the depths of insight to be found in St Bonaventure's claim, "I know myself better in God than in my very self".

    Fr Paul Rout OFM is a priest of the Australasian Province of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor.  He lectures in Franciscan Spirituality and Philosophy of Religion at Heythorp College, University of London, and at the Yarra Theological Union, Melbourne, Australia.  He is also engaged in pastoral parish ministry in the Catholic parish of Heston in London and gives occasional Retreats and Days of Prayer to Religious and Parish groups in various parts of the country.